Magma Collective with Fish Island Labs at Interfaces, Barbican Centre

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“An exhibition fusing physical experience, social media and technology:
An urban journey between the Barbican and London’s new creative hub”

Mnemonic City – a city of memories at Interfaces is a project by the Magma Collective that explores location and how
stories are embedded in urban space. 

This is a series of inter-related artworks developed for the Barbican Interfaces show, in which artists have collaboratively explored the geography between Swan Wharf and Barbican. Strolling through this urban landscape, the collective used social media to identify and stories with each other, inspiring a series of multi media and interactive artworks. These artworks will be exhibited at the Barbican from this Friday.

Works combine video projection installations, photography, paintings, sculpture and performance. They represent a compelling combination of traditional techniques, interactive media and contemporary social practice spanning geo-location, real-time international collaboration and data mapping. This poetic interpretation of a city focuses on people and their emotional experience rather than material needs, and so reveals the human environment hidden in our urban spaces. These artworks will be exhibited as part of Interfaces, a free exhibition taking place in the Barbican foyers from this Friday.

About Interfaces and Fish Island Labs at the Barbican

From interactive portraits to virtual reality technology, atmospheric realities to enlightening data visualisations – explore the world that emerges when art and technology collide. Interfaces is the first annual showcase of art from Fish Island Labs, an incubator set up by the Barbican in collaboration with The Trampery to kickstart the careers of a new generation of emerging talent whose work spans technology and the arts. Over the past 12 months, this community of 20 practitioners have developed cutting-edge new work, covering everything from sculpture, installations and physical performance to coding, film editing and digital art – and now they’re taking over the Barbican Foyers.

Together, these artists take a diverse approach to interrogating how human experience can be transformed by multi-media art practice. Artists include: Alkaline, Annie Nichols, David Hunter, Enamul Hoque, Fancy Lamp, Imeh Akpan, Kimatica, Magma Collective, Martin Collins, Matteo Zamagni, Mbryonic, Nicola Plant, OpenVizor, Pollie Barden, Sapphire Goss, Something Human, Sophie Rogers, Tekja, Tom McDonagh, Tom Szirtes, Xavier Sole.

Press Contact:
sblazeby@gmail.com, Artist Contact: magmacollective@gmail.com

Websites:

ABOUT MAGMA COLLECTIVE & MNEMONIC CITY:
http://www.magmacollective.com, http://www.mnemoniccity.com
FOR LIVE UPDATES ON MNEMONIC CITY:
http://www.facebook.com/MnemonicCityProject

TWITTER @FishIslandLabs

Further Information:

FISH ISLAND LABS INTERFACES EXHIBITION PROFILE:
http://www.interfaces.fishislandlabs.com
BARBICAN EXHIBITION PROFILE:
http://www.barbican.org.uk/education/event-detail.asp?ID=18336

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