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Young Barbican Night: Noguchi

Performance inside the Garden Room

Enjoy an evening celebrating and exploring the work of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. This is accompanied by live experimental music by Xavier Velastín Vicencio (xvelastín) inside the art gallery. 

In the conservatory, you'll be able to get a drink from the bar whilst enjoying the Akari lamp installation, as well as a chill-out zone on the conservatory terrace. In the garden room, DICE Festival will be taking over the space to present an evening of chance and performances. This section of the evening relates to Noguchi’s multidisciplinary art, collaborations with performers, and interest in play. 

Xavier Velastín Vicencio (xvelastín)

Xavier is a sound artist, sound designer, and whale lover whose practice is rooted in voice, agency, structural composition, and liveness. He has a background in classical piano, interactive electroacoustic composition and the musicology of club music. His pieces are an eclectic blend of intricately composed atmospheres and visceral, unpredictable performance art. The structural organisation of his performances, whether employing dynamic electronic scores, non-linear chronologies, or human-computer improvisation, is always informed by the fundamental impermanence of the liveness of live performance.

Noguchi: Resonances

Our digital residency offers a unique insight into Isamu Noguchi, as artists, curators and thinkers reflect on his archive and artistic legacy

DICE Festival

DICE Festival is an artist-led festival of chance, programming excellent Live Art and experimental performance from artists of all backgrounds and at every stage in their career.

DICE aims to create bridges between emerging and established artists, and expose ground-breaking work to a wider audience. This is why the DICE Team are presenting a platform that embraces the nature of chance and presents all artists on an equal playing field. DICE aims to question and displace choice within live performance, by placing the unexpected beside one another. It is making space for art to exist, art that doesn’t always fit into expectations.

How to play: 

  1. There are six acts.
  2. When, and if, each act will perform, will be determined by the roll of a die.
  3. The rolling of the dice will be completed by the evening's host - The Dice Master.
  4. The dice will be rolled six times.
  5. Each act risks performing six times, and not performing at all.
  6. We like the number six.

DICE Festival Performers

An image of Noguchi carving in his studio

Introducing Isamu Noguchi

Assistant Curator at The Noguchi Museum in New York, Kate Wiener introduces the life and work of Japanese American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, drawing from Noguchi’s autobiographical writings and documents from The Noguchi Museum Archives.