Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS

23.05.16 - 17.10.16


Roam the Barbican foyers using headphones to experience this free audio journey, which reframes the sounds and sights of the iconic arts centre.

In the company of elusive characters and their fantastic sound worlds, you’re invited to explore, examine, and reimagine the edgelands of the Barbican, seeking out the extraordinary inside a building famed for its radical design and ambition. Leave day-to-day at the door, and you’ll discover an architecture of other spaces, resounding with the echoes of its Utopian foundations.

Find out more about the making of Edgelands on the Barbican blog.

Barbican Collage, 2014. Image used with kind permission of Margaux Soland

Barbican Collage, 2014. Image used with kind permission of Margaux Soland

Download the app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android), go to the Barbican Centre's Silk Street entrance, and follow the on-screen instructions. Alternatively, you can borrow an iDevice / headphones from the Barbican Shop on Level G - Just bring a form of photographic ID, and leave a £10 refundable deposit at the till.


Edgelands is an interactive composition, created by Seth Scott in association with Hannah Bruce & Company, and commissioned by the Barbican.

The app was developed through a University of York research grant, and supported by the Department of Music.

Hannah Bruce & Company are:
Hannah Bruce: Artistic Director
Theo Burt: Android Developer
Jonathan Eato: Creative Development
Minyung Im: Video
Helen Longworth: Voice
Dave Malham: Hardware Designer
Matt Morrison: Associate Artist
Peter Worth: iOS Developer