Barbican AM:PM:AD Timelapse clock to bring cultural centre to life

Marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi has launched a live installation at London’s Barbican to reinterpret the cultural centre’s past and future through the use of sound.

AM:PM:AD Timelapse takes the form of a 24 hour flip clock with historical dates mapped in real time and is part of Hack the Barbican, a cross-disciplinary collaboration bringing together artists, technologists and entrepreneurs.

It sees each time of day become the equivalent year, such that at 13:48 lunching visitors will be treated to the havoc of the Black Death and at 19:40 The Blitz will break out.

Kevin Mar-Molinero, Creative Technologist at DigitasLBi, said: "When we were invited to Hack the Barbican we jumped at the chance. An opportunity to create a sonic time travel experience in such an iconic space meant we had to pull together a crack team of creative experts. Added to that was the challenge of building a real world 24-hour flip clock that wouldn't look out of place in the Barbican foyers. I'm really excited about the result!”

AM:PM:AD Timelapse will take place in the foyer of the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance between 9am and 11pm from Saturday 10th to Friday 16th August.

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