The Barbican launched Life Rewired, an arts and learning season running throughout 2019 exploring what it means to be human in the face of technological and scientific forces that are dizzying in their speed, scale and complexity. The season investigates the impact of the pace and extent of technological change on our culture and society, looking at how we can grasp and respond to the seismic shifts these advances will bring about.
Life Rewired will interrogate how artists are responding to a time when technology is simultaneously enhancing our lives and challenging our identity by creating machines with human characteristics. It will explore how scientific breakthroughs can affect us at every stage of our life; from expert and first-person perspectives on IVF, to the personal and societal impact of lengthening life expectancy.
The season will demonstrate how artists are finding imaginative ways to communicate the human impact of unprecedented technological shifts, as well as finding creative new uses for Artificial Intelligence, big data, algorithms and virtual reality.
A number of projects in the Life Rewired season have been generously supported by Wellcome.
Life Rewired music programme highlights in 2019 include:
Pantha Du Prince: Conference of Trees (Sat 19 Jan 2019)
Marcus du Sautoy, Mahan Esfahani, Rob Thomas, Ben Kreukniet, Victoria Gould – Strange Loops (Mar 2019)
Kronos Quartet & Trevor Paglen: Sight Machine (11 Jul 2019)
Max Cooper: Yearning for the Infinite (Sat 28 Sep 2019)
Orange Juice for the Ears: From Space Beams to Anti-Streams; An evening of film, live performance and conversation with Beatie Wolfe (Tue 8 Oct 2019)