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A new Barbican exhibition will explore science fiction from a multidisciplinary angle

Into The Unknown will include Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason’s new score inspired by Andrei Tarkovksy’s Solaris, and a two-channel video installation from archive collective Soda_Jerk featuring Sun Ra, Kool Herc and others

This June, London’s Barbican Centre launches Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction. The exhibition of art, design, film and literature, curated by historian and writer Patrick Gyger, will explore science fiction as an experimental genre. It’ll include more than 200 books, original manuscripts and typescripts, contemporary and existing art works, 60 film and TV clips, unseen footage, adverts, concept art, film props, comics, video games and robots.

Australian duo Soda_Jerk will present Astro Black, a two-channel video installation with a focus on Sun Ra’s theories of Afrofuturism and featuring footage of Kraftwerk, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy. Plus Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason’s score inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1973 film Solaris will be performed with Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia, plus video accompaniment by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson.

Into The Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction runs from 3 June–1 September.