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We Create: Technology for self-expression at Barbican Weekender

LONDON.- This March, the Barbican Weekender returns with a packed programme of free activities that explore image and identity through arts and technology. The fun two-day event themed We Create offers workshops and games for audiences of all ages featuring everything from music and art, to dance and film.

A host of digital tools and activities on offer include 3D printing with Black County Atelier, computer coding and animation workshops by SketchTag, and image printing with The Photocopy Club. Visitors can join others to experience the first multi-user art and film app by Fevered Sleep; project their energy in award winning dance-based installation danceroom Spectroscopy; or watch a short film selected by the Barbican Young Programmers. Visitors can also compose their own tunes with Musicjelly’s visual library of sounds and discover Pod, the blue sphere that allows the audience to touch sounds

Other highlights include I’ll be Your Mirror by choreographer Darren Johnston in which a hologram mirrors and emulates movement through digital technology; and Transformer, a 20-person game in the Barbican’s Pit Theatre designed by Usman Haque in which players collect light tokens hidden in the dark and share energy to win.

In the Curve, there will be a chance to see the new commission by United Visual Artists: Momentum. Visitors entering the space are invited to express thoughts and feelings on their experience via a live blog and record written fragments in an audio booth. The Barbican Young Poets will then transform words into brand new poetry and spoken word in performances taking place on the Barbican foyers over the weekend.

On Saturday, as part of We Create, Barbican presents Tim and Barry: Just Jam, an evening curated by online music channel Just Jam celebrating the UK’s thriving electronic music scene with live performance, video and audience participation.

On Sunday afternoon, a free family concert in Milton Court Hall by the New York Chamber Collective Decoda alongside musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama combines classical music with digital technology. Audiences are invited to live tweet throughout the concert.

The Barbican Weekender is one of a series of events presented by the Barbican throughout the spring and summer of 2014 that focuses on artists using digital media. Projects include major new exhibition Digital Revolution, which explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s; a Curve new commission by United Visual Artists; theatre projects Kiss & Cry by Charleroi Danses and Zero Point by Darren Johnston; and the tenth Wikimania conference presented in association with the Centre.

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