Barbican Odyssey

I undertook a trip to the Barbican art gallery with fellow culture vulture Stephen. Both of us were interested in seeing Communicate – an exhibition of the best in British graphic design since the 1960s and Stephen also wanted to see Space of Encounter – an exhibition dedicated to the work of architect Daniel Libeskind. Getting to the Barbican was a bit of a mission because of the signage and the post-modern design of the area.

Space of Encounter was a mix of models, drawings, video and accompanying text which covered Libeskind’s portfolio of work from stage design and costumes, representing modern music via demented draftsmans drawings to architecture including work on the replacement of the World Trade Centres in New York.

Years ago I read HG Wells Invisible Man, in it the invisible man explained his condition by describing things being invisible or visible because of their angle to our dimensions of reality. Some of Libeskind’s work reminded me of this book because they looked as if they had rudely interrupted into our reality from another dimension, this made me feel uncomfortable about their place in our world.

Communicate was a much easier exhibtion, it featured work from magazines to nightclub posters and record sleeves. I particularly enjoyed the series of covers put out by Penguin books and the seventh birthday poster of the Hacienda by Mark Holt of 8VO and Octavo.