Imaginary Cities

Fri 5 Apr – Sun 14 Jul 2019
Michael Takeo Magruder, Imaginary Cities, study (London) for British Library Labs residency, 2016

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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.

Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

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.


Name: Imaginary Cities
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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