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Black Mirror Installation at the Barbican

SEEN hears that a spectacular six-foot video installation, from the award-winning British TV series Black Mirror, will take over the Barbican’s main Silk Street entrance hall as part of the Centre’s major summer exhibition: Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction from 3rd June to 1st September.

Black Mirror 15 Million Merits

This new commission is based on an episode from the first series:15 Million Merits, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay. Written by series creator Charlie Brooker, and wife, Konnie Huq, the episode explores the negative implications of technological advancements on humanity and the relationship between spectatorship and apathy in an increasingly virtual world. Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits was created by Brooker, Huq, Euros Lyn and Annabel Jones, and edited by Gus Herdman. The series is hugely popular.

The installation cuts, splices and frames short segments from the episode, displayed across multiple screens all along the main entrance hall, to create an immersive introduction to the entire exhibition.

Set in a disconcerting, futuristic dystopia, the episode centres on a society whose people live in a hyper-artificial environment where they must generate credits by cycling in order to play video games and audition for a Reality TV-style talent contest.

Black Mirror is created and produced by House of Tomorrow and has received wide critical acclaim since it was first broadcast on Channel 4 in 2011. In 2012, it won Best TV Movie/Miniseries at the International Emmy Awards and has been nominated for a BAFTA Award twice, as well as numerous BAFTA Craft Awards. Black Mirror Seasons 1, 2, and 3 are now available on Netflix with season 4 coming exclusively to Netflix members in 190 countries

Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction is curated by Swiss historian and writer, Patrick Gyger. This festival-style exhibition is a genre-defining exploration of one of popular culture’s most celebrated realms and takes place all over the Centre, encompassing literature, contemporary art, film, music, comic books and video games to present a new, global perspective on Science Fiction.

The exhibition includes over 200 books from around the world, including Jules Verne’s original manuscripts; contemporary art commissions from Conrad Shawcross and Trevor Paglen, pioneering works by multimedia artists Dara Birnbaum, Soda_Jerk and Larissa Sansour, props, models and a gallery of aliens from blockbuster films including Star Wars™, Star Trek, Interstellar, Alien, Jurassic Park and Godzilla and over 50 film and TV clips, featuring some of the most memorable cinematic moments in Science Fiction as well as rare, unseen footage, artist videos, vintage postcards, pulp magazines, adverts, concept art, film props, comics, video games and robots. As SEEN has said before, if you do nothing else over the summer, visit this exhibition.

The Barbican
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