10 Years Of Mind-Bending Installations With United Visual Artists
United Visual Artists (UVA), The London-based, multidisciplinary art and design studio, have been distorting our senses with their immersive, interactive exhibitions since the before the dawn of The Creators Project.
After hitting its tenth year in business, the studio, founded by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird, and Ash Nehru in 2003, premiered its newest installation, Momentum, at London's Barbican Curve Gallery this past February. We wanted to preserve this momentous event, so we made a short documentary that the explores the installation, viewable above.
Momentum is a 90-meter-long, site-specific light piece in the winding, expansive Curve Gallery. Ben Kreuknieut of UVA described the work as a "spatial instrument," as it includes twelve mechanical pendulums that form an evolutionary composition of light, sound, and movement. As visitors traverse the space, the pendulums are programmed to move in idiosyncratic manners, so that shadows surge across the room and sounds bounce off the chamber walls. It's a unique experience for every visitor.
Inspired by Foucault's Pendulum, the device used to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth, UVA asked, "What if we could re-create [Foucault's] experiment but take control of it?" The result is a hypnotic and unforgettable exhibition open to the public through June.
Get a deeper look inside the exhibition in our documentary above, and join us as we take a nostalgic birthday journey back through UVA's most memorable works of the past ten years.
Origin (2011) — New York City
We might be biased about this one, but wouldn't feel right if we didn't showcase UVA's collaborative project with sound artist Scanner first. The project, titled Origin, was a large-scale, responsive LED sculpture that was the culmination of a series of works derived from Orchestrion, the main stage design created by UVA for Coachella 2011.
In October of that year, Origin moved to the east coast for The Creators Project: New York festival in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. The mechanical cube sent strikes of light and sound throughout its structure like electrical wires as visitors gathered inside, much like insects attracted to a street lamp. It was one of our favorite installations from our two-day event, and we wish this installation was kept in the Vice office.
Mirror (2005) — London
Echo (2006) — London
Hereafter (2007) — Tokyo/Belsay/London
Premiering in 2007, Hereafter continued UVA'