With an acronym that sounds like a leading world power, UVA are due to take over The Curve gallery this Spring with their latest site-specific project. Well-known for their manipulation of space, light and sound, this new piece plays with the unique shape of the Barbican’s temporary exhibition gallery to bend the visitor’s perception of time and space.
If their past work is anything to go by, this troop of artists certainly know how to create a spectacle to draw the crowds. With previous pieces made for the Turbine Hall, Somerset House, Serpentine Gallery and Madison Square Gardens they are no stranger to working in remarkable spaces, and their time at The Curve should be no different.
The work promises to combine twelve pendulums that activate sound and light as they swing and guide the visitor through the corridor-like arc. As is often the case, their work emphasises the tension between our real and synthesised experiences highlighting our human relationships with technological advances. But these artworks are rarely for spectacle only. The concepts behind these pieces are founded in deep research and computer technology: these artists know their stuff.
UVA are made up of Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru, but describe themselves and their ideas collectively, a studio. Their practice includes architecture, sculpture, live performance and installation, with all members bringing unique skill and knowledge to the table. UVA’s slick work has travelled the globe, from Japan to China, Europe and America. Having only formed in 2003, this collective have earned themselves an admirable back catalogue. This new exhibition will make a great addition to this. (Words: Laura Thornley)
On until 1st June. For more info visit: The Barbican