Light, sound and movement: UVA at Barbican Centre, London.

Momentum is the title of the site specific installation created by the multi-disciplinary art and design studio UVA (United Visual Artists) commissioned by Barbican Centre (The Curve 13 February/1 June 2014).

United Visual Artists (UVA) is an art practice that use design processes to combine a wide range of hybrid disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. UVA’s installations consider each space an immersive environment where the visitor’s point of view plays an important role in the outcome: “Our internal model of time, movement, mass and space is based on a lifetime of experience, perhaps even genetically encoded. What happens when we build a new model? What happens when we bend the rules? “ UVA said.

Drawing on physics and digital technology, UVA are turning The Curve into a spatial instrument, installing a sequence of pendulum-like elements throughout the 90metre long gallery to create an evolving composition of light and sound. The pendulums project shadows and planes of light across the 6metre-high walls and curved floor of the space. Visitors are invited to explore the environment at their own pace, and their movement through the gallery shapes their individual experience.
“Combining sophisticated research-LED technology with a minimal aesthetic, UVA are known for site specific works of great beauty and clarity, in which the visitor is always an active participant. We are delighted to present Momentum, our first pure light and sound installation in the Curve.” said Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican.
Title: Momentum
Author: United Visual Artists (UVA)
Where: The Curve, Barbican Centre, London UK
When: 13 February – 1 June 2014
Admission Free
Photo credits:
United Visual Artists: Momentum Installation images © Bethany Clark/Getty Images. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery.

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