Barbican has commissioned the multi-disciplinary art and design studio United Visual Artists to create a new work for the Curve.

London-based UVA was founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru. The group considers each space an immersive environment, where the visitor's point of view is central to the resulting installation.

An open approach to collaboration means their designs combine a wide range of disciplines, from sculpture and architecture to live performance​. Previous works include High Arctic, a vast landscape made from sculptures, light and audio, and Volume, the first commission for the John Madjeski Garden at the V&A Museum in 2006, which consisted of sound-emitting columns that responded to visitors' movements.

For the Barbican commission UVA has turned the Curve into 'a spatial instrument', installing a sequence of pendulum-like elements throughout the gallery space. As they move, these pendulums project shadows across the walls and curved floor of the space, meaning visitors' movements through the room affect their individual experience.

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Thu - Fri: 10:00 - 21:00

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