Fans of the British (turned Netflix-commissioned) TV series Black Mirror rejoice! Thanks to an immersive exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre, you can go inside an episode of the sci-fi show that may or may not have predicted Donald Trump’s election, the David Cameron “Piggate” debacle, and probably a whole lot of other scary shit that hasn’t happened yet. Oh, wait. That sounds utterly terrifying.
It’s called “Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction,” and it will put you square in the middle of a world based on the first season episode “15 Million Merits,” which starred Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya. The basic premise is a dystopian future in which people ride for hours a day on stationary bikes while being continually advertised to in order to gain credits and prove themselves worthy of auditioning for a The Voice-like reality show, which is basically the only way out of their slave-like existence. So yeah, it’s pretty dark.
The installation will feature several segments from the episode projected on screens throughout the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance hall, which mimics the inescapably screen-filled world depicted in the story. No word yet on whether any treadmills will be involved.
The rest of the exhibition will delve deep into the sci-fi genre through works of fiction, art, and film, with what curator Patrick Gyger calls “a fresh and, at times, subversive look at the new territories, lost worlds, cosmic possibilities and virtual universes that traverse the broadest parameters of human imagination and yet are often instantly relatable.” It will open June 3 and run through September 1, 2017.