Imaginary Cities — British Library

Address:
British Library, 96 Euston Road, St. Pancras, London
Tel:
0330 333 1144

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
5th April to 14th July 2019
9.30 AM to 6 PM (Mon, Wed-Fri); 9.30 AM to 8 PM (Tue); 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Sat); 11 AM to 5 PM (Sun)
Tickets & Cost:
Free. See bl.uk

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This small exhibition in the entrance hall of the British Library showcases some fantastical cityscapes by visual artist Michael Takeo Magruder.

By using traditional materials and cutting–edge digital technology, Magruder has combined the Library's own digital collection of historic maps with some live data, to create a fictional cityscape.

You'll be able to explore how our increasingly digital world might change the future of such exhibitions by examining algorithmically generated maps and 3D virtual environments that have been transformed by traditional techniques like fine art printing, and metal gilding.

 

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