‘Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction’ at Barbican Art Gallery, London

9 June 2017 By
Ex Machina display at Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, Barbican Centre 3 June – 1 September. Credit Tristan Fewings / Getty Images.
Ex Machina display at Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, Barbican Centre 3 June – 1 September. Credit Tristan Fewings / Getty Images.

“We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can’t accept it for what it is. We are searching for an ideal image of our own world: we go in quest of a planet, of a civilisation superior to our own but developed on the basis of a prototype of our primeval past. At the same time, there is something inside us which we don’t like to face up to, from which we try to protect ourselves, but which nevertheless remains, since we don’t leave Earth in a state of primal innocence. We arrive here as we are in reality, and when the page is turned and that reality is revealed to us — that part of our reality which we would prefer to pass over in silence — then we don’t like it any more.”

Stanislav Lem, Solaris, 1961

 

Caroline Douglas

Director

 

Barbican Art GalleryBarbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS. Saturday – Wednesday 10.00 – 20.00, Thursday – Friday 10.00 – 22.00. Exhibition continues until Friday 1 September 2017. www.barbican.org.uk