Imaginary Cities: The new exhibition at the British Library

Imaginary Cities

There’s a new, free exhibition open at the British Library in London that’s all about four fantastical, technology-based art installations inspired by historic urban maps.

By artist-in-residence, Michael Takeo Magruder, the work is staged in the Library’s Entrance Hall gallery and explores the creative potential of archives and collections in the digital age. 

The works are creative pieces based off four 19th-century maps of London, Paris, New York and Chicago from a collection of 50,000 images found within the British Library’s One Million Images from Scanned Books collection.

The whole thing is about the coming together of digital technologies and traditional fine art processes.

It also includes a virtual reality cityscape based on New York City which is generated anew each day to reflect the live, ever-changing visitor data.

See the exhibition for free from 5 April to 14 July at the British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB.