Film in focus: Barbican release 2017 programme

Jude Law, Japanese architecture and music from John Adams are all part of Barbican’s just-launched 2017 season. Film and ‘the power of moving image’ is also at the centre of its thinking, with a series commissions, events and education projects dedicated to the medium of moving image.

Highlights include new work from artists Richard Mosse and John Akomfrah; an exhibition titled Into the Unknown: A journey through Science Fiction; a residency from American techno pioneer Jeff Mills, including three UK premieres; and What London Watches: Ten Films Which Shook Our World that will see Barbican audiences select ten films for screening that mean the most to them

‘As an international multi-arts venue, the Barbican is uniquely placed to explore how the medium of film has been utilised, adapted and re-shaped to conjure new artistic possibilities across different art forms,’ said Barbican director of arts Louise Jeffreys. ‘By putting film in focus at the heart of the Barbican’s 2017 programme, we seek to celebrate the profound impact of the moving image on society, the arts and us all.’

Elsewhere, Jude Law stars in Obsession, a world premiere from acclaimed theatre director Ivo van Hove; Siobhan Davies Dance will create a new installation in the Curve exhibition space; Japanese domestic living is examined in The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945; and Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams are all celebrated through a ‘Sounds that Changed America’ series.

‘Barbican’s 2017 programme continues our proud tradition of providing international, world-class arts and learning experiences for all, and we look forward to welcoming the diverse group of artists, performers, and audiences that will be joining us throughout next year,’ concluded Barbican managing director Sir Nicholas Kenyon.