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The Barbican Centre (Photo: Max Colson)

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Barbican explores humanity and technology in Life Rewired

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 27 September 2018, Last Updated 27 September 2018

Are you ready for the techno-rapture? No. Didn’t think so. That’s why you need to get yourself down to the Barbican’s Life Rewind season.

During 2019, the Barbican’s arts and learning season will explore what it means to be human while technological and scientific forces are evolving rapidly both in scale and complexity. It will investigate the impact of technological change on both our culture and society. It’ll also look at how we can grasp and respond to the seismic shifts these advances will bring about.

With technology both improving and enriching our way of life and challenging our identity and what it means to be human, this is an essential look at how technology is affecting our world from birth to death. There will be everything from expert and first-person perspectives on IVF to the personal and societal impact of lengthening life expectancy.

Life Rewired 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.

The season opens in January 2019.



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