United Visual Artists: Momentum

13 February 2014 - 1 June 2014
The Curve


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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

United Visual Artists invites you to experience Momentum, a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of the Curve.

Momentum consists of twelve pendulums that activate light and sound as they swing, drawing attention to the Curve’s vast arc, inviting you to journey through the space guided by your heightened senses. Each pendulum has been meticulously designed and built using steel, aluminium, and custom electronics. The sound is individual to each pendulum, prepared and tuned to seamlessly resonate as they move within the Curve.

Momentum creates an environment that has its foundations in detailed research, sophisticated computer technology and mechanical expertise. Yet, the effect is to create a space that feels wondrously transformed, one which you are invited to experience and explore.

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United Visual Artists (UVA) is a London-based art practice founded by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru in 2003.  The studio combines a wide range of disciplines including architecture, computer programming and technology, engineering, sculpture, performance and design. UVA’s site-specific projects - sensual, absorbing and immersive – query received assumptions about space and time, combining rigorous research with a poetic vision that confounds expectations and alters perceptions of space.

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