Our Time on Earth, until 29/08/2022, Barbican Centre,
London, UK

Mindful of the lit image, embodied energy and energy in use for the exhibition, we considered both light and dark as essential factors in the visitor experience of the galleries. Artificial light is kept to a minimum, while light trespass is controlled from area to area, particularly adjacent to digital displays.
Client
Barbican Centre
Exhibition conceived and curated b
Barbican International Enterprises
Guest Curators
Caroline Till, Kate Franklin
Co-Production Partners
Musee de la Civilisation
Exhibition Designer
Universal Design Studio
Lighting Equipment
Stoane Lighting
 
Photography
Mark Allan Photography & Tim P. Whitby

Having launched last week on 5th May 2022 at the Barbican Centre, Our Time on Earth is a major international exhibition featuring 18 immersive, interactive installations and digital works that use the power of global creativity to positively transform the conversation around the climate emergency. 

Calling for a mindset shift through the exploration of art, design and technology, the exhibition invites people to imagine a world in which both people and the planet can flourish. Fundamental to the experience of the exhibition, the lighting by Speirs Major is designed to support open-minded exploration and full engagement with the artworks while driving innovation in sustainable ways of working for touring exhibitions

With most of the pieces located in discrete 'pocket' spaces created within the Curve Gallery, Speirs Major worked with an overarching concept of a gradient of light across the journey through the exhibition, adding emphasis at transitions, entrances and exits to aid orientation. 

Rather than adding extra light, tonal shifts in the background wall colours allow the intensity and level of contrast to be dialled up (or down) as appropriate to the artwork while using minimal energy.

Fundamental to the experience of the exhibition, the lighting is designed to support open-minded exploration and full engagement with the artworks while driving innovation in sustainable ways of working for touring exhibitions”



Our Time on Earth is running from 5/5/2022 until 29/8/2022 at The Barbican Centre, London.