Exhibition: Imaginary Cities

This exhibition runs from Fri, 5th Apr 2019 to Sun, 14th Jul 2019. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Cost: Free of Charge

Explore how our increasingly digital world could change the future of collections

Explore how our increasingly digital world could change the future of collections in a free exhibition showcasing fantastical cityscapes created by internationally-recognised visual artist and researcher Michael Takeo Magruder.

Traditional materials are combined with cutting-edge digital technologies to remix images and live data from the Library’s online digitised collection of pre-20th- century urban maps into several major new installations, which blend historical with contemporary and information with aesthetics.

Examine real-time 3D virtual city environments and algorithmically generated map images, transformed by a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques such as fine art printing, precious metal gilding and digital 3D fabrication processes, which sit alongside historic maps from our online archive and original source books. This exciting newly-commissioned work invites you to reflect on the hidden stories and creative possibilities of digital collections in the Information Age.

You can also join us for the British Library’s first algorave, where real-time computer coding is mixed with some of the Library’s data, live music and visuals.

Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


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