LoneLady, Nozinja, Boredoms and more on the bill.
The Barbican is set to stage the only international stop of Station to Station, US multimedia artist Doug Aitken’s ambitious experiment in spontaneous artistic creation, which travelled from state to state by train in the US in 2013.
From June 27 to July 26, a “living exhibition” will take over the Barbican Centre, both indoors and outdoors, drawing together an diverse programme of UK and international creators from the worlds of music, art, dance, graphic design and film, with much of the work created live in the space.
Over 100 artists are already on the bill, with more to be announced soon. Highlights so far include a performance by proto-punk figureheads Suicide presenting new music and classics from their back catalogue; Terry Riley composing and improvising for five days, culminating in a performance of new material written during the residency; a performance with 88 cymbals led by Boredoms; music from Warp acts LoneLady and Nozinja; a collaboration between artist Haroon Mirza and Factory Floor; a live performance by punk outfit Savages; and Light Echoes, a specially commissioned interactive laser installation by Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank.
The US edition of Station to Station featured Beck, Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, No Age, Cat Power, Cold Cave and many more. A feature film about the project will also premiere at the Barbican.
The Barbican has also teamed up with The Vinyl Factory to record performances at the exhibition and press them to vinyl on-site with a mobile pressing machine, The VF Press.