Fish Island Labs: Interfaces at Barbican Centre

Fish Island Labs: Interfaces
Barbican Centre
22nd & 23rd August


Interfaces is the first annual showcase from the digital art community Fish Island Labs and will be taking place across the Barbican Centre foyers this weekend, 22nd and 23rd August. And it’s all FREE!

Fish Island Labs was set up in 2014 as an incubator 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. Interfaces brings together the work of this close knit group of emerging talent, united by the desire to investigate how reality is affected when perceived through the combined lenses of art and technology.


The Gift of the Gab from Xavier Solé Mora is an interactive sculpture, based on the etching “Qué pico de oro!” (The Gift of the Gab) from the series “Los Caprichos” of Francisco Goya. In this theatrical parliament, the parrots yell nonsense sounds when someone triggers the right keys.

Nature Abstraction from Matteo Zamagni where you step inside a projection mapped cube whilst wearing a VR headset, immersing yourself into a world made of 3D fractals. Google’s new artificial intelligence tool, DeepDream, transforms the fractal landscapes into morphing psychedelic patterns drawn from natural forms and man-made construction.

BIM from Martin Collins and Tom Szirtes is an interactive portrait that uses face recognition software to develop a unique relationship with the observer. The more the observer interacts the happier the subject of the portrait gets, the longer she is left alone the more bored she becomes.

Other artworks include light and digital reconstructions of cake baking, fully immersive virtual reality environments created by cutting-edge artificial intelligence tools, specially created games and large-scale video projections transforming parts of the foyers.

Saturday 22nd August 12pm-9pm
Sunday 23rd August 12pm-5pm

Foyers of The Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2

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