Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

JODI,
http://wwwwwwwww.jodi.org, 1995
Image courtesy the artists

LondonArt & Culture

Technostalgia

Relive the early days of digital technology this summer at the Barbican...

It’s hard to believe that the ZX Spectrum was once the height of home computing sophistication; there are probably fridges now that pack more processing power than the Speccy, but in their day, wowzer! Tech nostalgia levels are off the charts at the Barbican this summer with the advent of Digital Revolution, an exhibition looking at the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s.

Take a trip down memory lane, if you’re old enough, with exhibits such as video game classic Pong, a rare transparent ZX80, a Linn LM-1 drum machine as heard on The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me, and the first website by Tim Berners-Lee. It’s not all about the retro though; creative agencies including Double Negative – an Oscar winner for its work on Inception – are in attendance, along with artists and performers of all stripes. There’s also a chance for bedroom geniuses to get discovered with a competition for creative coding. Digital Revolution opens on 3 July and runs until 14 September.

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Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Speak & Spell, 1978
Texas Instruments
Image courtesy of Texas Instruments

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Poster for the original Pong Arcade game

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Fashion technology studio CuteCircuit
present their A/W 14/15 Collection in London.
Image courtesy CuteCircuit

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Image of Fairlight CMI series III
Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie
Image courtesy of Peter Vogel

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Zach Lieberman in his New York studio
Play the World is part of DevArt, g.co/devart.
Image courtesy of Google

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

ISAM, 2011
Amon Tobin
Image courtesy of Calder Wilson

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Pixorama (London), 2006
eBoy
Image courtesy of eBoy

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Dance Central 3, 2012
Harmonix
Image courtesy Harmonix Music Systems

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Nancy Tilbury and Benjamin Males secure
Lady Gaga in to Volantis – the world’s first flying dress.
ARTPOP album launch, Brooklyn, New York, November 2013
Image courtesy Studio XO

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Petting Zoo, 2013
Minimaforms, Theodore Spyropoulos and Stephen Spyropoulos
Photo by Apostolos Despotidis
Image courtesy the artist

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

Liam Young flies drones in
White Sands Missile Range, USA.
Photography by Jonathan Gales
Image courtesy of Liam Young

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican, London

The Wilderness Downtown, 2010
Arcade Fire
Directed by Chris Milk and made with some friends from
Google, Radical Media & B-Reel

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