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Code masters: Meet Britain's new digital artists

2 April 2014 Last updated at 03:17 BST

A new generation of artists is embracing computer code and software in their work.

Their art - powered by social media - is interactive, drawing in live content from across the internet.

Any one of the millions of people who use sites like Twitter, Wordpress and Facebook may find their words becoming part of the work.

As the Barbican in London prepares to host an exhibition about digital media this summer, BBC News went to meet three British pioneers of the digital art scene.

James Bridle is best known for his work about drone strikes, but has built up a large portfolio of digital projects, and will be taking part in the Barbican exhibition - he spoke to the BBC from his studio in New York. Brendan Oliver is a digital interaction designer. He told the BBC about his and Kasia Molga's work 'THE...', produced by V2_ Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam. And Winnie Soon and Helen Pritchard focus on their collaboration which combines Twitter with QR codes, Jsut Code.

Video journalist: Dougal Shaw

Stop/Start is a series of video features for the BBC News website which follows both new trends that are beginning and old traditions that are coming to an end.

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