WATER: Station to Station

By Shannon Brien

The Barbican Centre nurtures and encourages all forms of art; dance, film, music, theatre and visual art and this month over 30 days they present, in association with American Artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken, Station to Station

This thirty day multi-media take over of the Barbican Centre is an extension of Aitken’s work in the U.S where his project went across North America by train in 24 days.

1. Station to Station_A 30 Day Happening. Smoke performance, New York, 2013. Photo by Ye Rin Mok

Smoke Performance at the New York Happening. Doug Aitken, Station to Station, 2013. Photo © Ye Rin Mok

This ‘living exhibition’ will feature many performances, residencies and talks from many renowned home grown and international artists. Aitken believes that this “is a platform for progressive culture and new artistic experimentation” and that the multi-arts environment the Barbican provides will help in “creating unique works and unpredictable encounters every day.”

2. Station to Station_A 30 Day Happening. Olaf Breuning smoke performance, 2013. Photo by Brian DoyleOlaf Breuning’s Smoke Installation. Doug Aitken, Station to Station, 2013. Photo © Brian Doyle courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York

With the support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organisation which is “committed to artistic excellence and ensuring that as wide an audience as possible can engage in cultural opportunities around the world”, there is free access to various day time activities and special ticketed evening performances.

Station to Station exemplifies how differing arts forms are merging and crossing boundaries with many artists fusing architecture, sound and other mediums in their work. Los Angeles based digital art duo Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank utilise the architecture of The Curve to present their interactive laser show, Light Echoes, which enlightens the dark environment with shifting projections. This exhibition will run until September 6.

16. Station to Station_A 30 Day Happening. Aaron Koblin & Ben TricklebankAaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank: Light Echoes, 2015. Photo by Ben Tricklebank

East London is renowned for being an artistic hub and is home to the Japanese band Bo Ningen who are working on a new piece which will be recorded today. To celebrate their four day residency at the Barbican’s Station to Station, they will perform material from their albums with incredible visuals from the experimental filmmaker Fritz Stolberg.

The Vinyl Factory Recording Studio will be capturing new music and live performances during Station to Station and their moble pressing unit will be stamping limited edition vinyl records daily.

9. Station to Station_A 30 Day Happening. Doug Aitken. The VF PressThe VF Press. Photo by Arianna Power

Every Saturday around lunchtime you can be treated to a portion of cactus omlette, prepared from Ed Rusha’s own recipe which can be enjoyed with a viewing of his short film Premium (1971).

7. Station to Station_A 30 Day Happening. Ed Ruscha cactus omelette dinner, Winslow, 2013. Photo by Ye Rin MokEd Rusha’s cactus omelette dinner at the Winslow Happening. Ed Rusha, No Title, 2013. Doug Aitken, Station to Station, 2013. Photo © Ye Rin Mok

If your palette doesn’t agree with cactus, or short films, then there are many other performances, talks and viewings to keep you entertained and you can even take part in one of four hands-on workshops by food-designers DesignMarketo.

26. Station to Station_A 30 Day Happening. DesignMarketo, Photo Amandine AlessandraDesignMarketo, Food Marketo, 2010. Photo by Amandine Alessandra

This weekend will be the last of this amazing artist event. Be sure to get down their and experience part of this 30 Day Happening.