Produced by Barbican International Enterprises with co-production by Brandts - Museum of Art & Visual Culture, Denmark and Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece
Curated by Patrick Gyger
Into the Unknown brings together artists, designers, filmmakers, SFX specialists, musicians and writers all testing the boundaries of reality through some of the most experimental works of all time. Curated by Swiss historian and writer Patrick Gyger, this festival-style exhibition explores the classic narratives of Science Fiction and presents them from a new, global perspective.
Into the Unknown takes you on an extraordinary journey, from the 19th century cabinet of curiosities to the vast vistas of space, through future cities and into the inner landscapes of human perception.
Uncover hidden gems from original manuscripts by Jules Verne to props and models from blockbuster films including Star Wars™, Star Trek, Interstellar, District 9, Alien, Jurassic Park and Godzilla. Interact with new work by the Oscar award-winning VFX specialists behind The Martian, adventure into a gallery of aliens and discover vintage postcards and advertisements promoting Soviet visions of space. Discover the ways in which contemporary art has used Science Fiction as a framework to address the important and sometimes subversive questions of our time, with work by Larissa Sansour, Soda_Jerk, Dara Birnbaum, Trevor Paglen, Conrad Shawcross, Frances Bodomo and many more.
Textiles & Costumes
Paintings Drawings & Prints
Manuscripts Books & Maps
Film & Sound
Available Package Options
- Number of staff travelling to install/de-install: 5 staff for 14-day install and 7-day de-install (venue to cover cost of transport, accommodation, per diems.) - Transport: We request that one way (incoming) transport is covered by the venue. - All AV equipment and hardware travels with the show. - Space required: c. 800 – 1,200 m2.
Please note that Barbican touring exhibitions can only be reserved through formal contracts, letters of intent and payment of a deposit.
Past and Future Venues
Barbican Centre, London, UK (3 Jun–1 Sep 2017) Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (9 Oct 2017–14 Jan 2018) BRANDTS, Odense, Denmark (27 Sep 2018–17 Feb 2019)
Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, a major show on the genre of Science Fiction and its influence on popular cultural, travelling through pre-historical ages, development of robots, dystopias and utopias and the space frontier.