Saturday, June 3, 2017

Science fiction exhibit opens in London

Today, The Barbican Centre in London opens its massive exhibition called "Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction."

Photo: Engadget
The show spans science fiction's evolution from Jules Verne to Interstellar with over 800 rare objects, including Darth Vader's helmet, H.R. Giger's designs for Alien, and busts of Godzilla.

Science fiction moved from the fringes of geek fandom to the center of modern entertainment culture. 

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Swiss curator Patrick Gyger says: "The big coup is doing this exhibition at the Barbican. It's a major cultural institution, which is quite mainstream, and I think it's the biggest cultural centre in Europe."

Photo: Engadget
The goal of the show is not to present science fiction merely as a mirror of contemporary politics or as an exercise in predicting futures. It is all that, but that curatorial approach has been done before. Rather, the emphasis is to confront the themes and images of science fiction directly, taking the viewer on a journey of the imagination.

The show also includes six original paintings from Dinotopia (above right in this photo), including Dinosaur Parade, Dinosaur Boulevard, and Waterfall City.

After its stint in London, the exhibition will travel to Greece and Denmark.

Read more:
Design Week: the Barbican exhibition exploring the storytelling power of sci-fi
Den of Geek: Interview with curator Patrick Gyger

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear Mr. Gurney,

My name is Elijah Fenter and I am a student at the Northwest College of Art and Design. I have been following Dinotopia and drawing inspiration from it for as long as I can remember. I have not only fallen in love with your art, but also the worlds you build. For the past six years I have been creating my own science fiction world through writing and art with great aspirations for it. I would love if I could get into email contact with you, or if its preferred, through written letters. I've recently started a crowd funding page for the project, but I want take other avenues to start getting my project recognized and get some traction going. I am sending this over your blog cause I'm not entirely sure if its Email appropriate but I would love to hear back from you as soon as your able. The most reliable way to contact me is through Email:

If your at all interested in the project the link to its funding page is here:

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.