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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

See mind-bending art at the Barbican this month

13th August 2013

Boasting that it's "Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue", the Barbican is the perfect place to head to if you're in London and looking to indulge in some culture - whether that means watching a film, attending an exhibition or seeing the London Symphony Orchestra in action.

Those hoping to expose themselves to slightly more leftfield creative endeavours should also feel at home at the venue this month, thanks to a free exhibition entitled Hack the Barbican.

This show isn't curated in the usual sense - instead, it's organised by a loose collective of artists, technologists and entrepreneurs who've been given complete control over how they use the building's cavernous foyer.

As a result, the venue is now home to a wild and unpredictable profusion of mind-bending artistic ventures. These include installations, concerts, pop-up workshops and theatrical performances.

"Even the Barbican's publicity screens and audio announcement system may be prone to unusual behaviour," organisers admit.

They claim that Hack the Barbican represents "an experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration" - an apt description given the many walks of life that participants come from. Their number includes traditional artists, such as painters and sculptors, but also computer scientists, hardware hackers and electronic engineers.

A list of attractions is available from the exhibition's website, but organisers add that for the best possible experience, visitors should turn up with "an open mind and some time to explore".

"Expect to be confused by the small and big things happening around you, and by the seeming absence of clear direction. This is by design ... Even people in the organising team who are deeply involved with event planning are regularly surprised by unexpected activities around them," they claim.

Hack the Barbican runs until August 31st. It's active during the venue's regular opening hours, which are 9am to 11pm between Monday and Saturday. On Sunday, the Barbican opens at midday before closing at 11pm.

It should prove easy to reach if you're staying at luxury hotels in London this month. Those travelling via the London Underground should head towards the Barbican tube stop.

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