Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening at the Barbican: posters

Work / Exhibition

Graphic designers and artists respond to “freedom” for the Barbican

“We wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do,” as we heard through Primal Scream (it’s a quote from the film The Wild Angels , fact fans). Now for the Barbican’s mammoth Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening show by Doug Aitken, artists from Gillian Wearing to Bob and Roberta Smith and graphic design studios including Zak Group and Good Wives and Warriors have created posters responding to the concepts “free” or “freedom.” As you’d expect from such a varied bunch, the posters show a huge range of approaches to the brief, including a depiction of a smoking vicar and a few simple, typographic responses from Ruth Ewan and Zak Group. The idea behind the posters’ creation was to echo “the sprite of Fluxus happenings,” according to the Barbican, and will be pasted throughout the centre-wide show.

Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening is on show at the Barbican until 26 July. Some of the posters in the series are available to buy in the Barbican shop.


Bob and Roberta Smith: Art Is Your Human Right
Courtesy of the artist


Gillian Wearing: Free the Mind
Courtesy of the artist


Paul Noble: Free Vicar
Courtesy of the artist


Good Wives and Warriors: In Defence of Scientific Freedom
Courtesy of the artist


Richard Long: Midday Muezzin Line, Egypt, 2006
Courtesy of the artist


Ruth Ewan: The Difference (Map)
Ruth Ewan with The Caseroom Press and pupils from The Meadows Primary School, Lincoln


Richard Wilson: Jackpot
Courtesy the Artist and Michelle D’Souza Fine Art


Zak Group [Untitled]
Courtesy of the artist