UVA’s Momentum project to take over Barbican’s Curve space

United Visual Artists has created a new work for the Barbican’s Curve gallery which will see it turned into a spatial instrument featuring ‘pendulum-like elements.’

How Momentum might look
How Momentum might look

The ambitious Momentum project will take over the 90m long gallery creating what the Barbican is calling ‘an evolving composition of light and sound.’

‘The Pendulums – sometimes moving in unexpected ways – project shadows and planes of light across the six-metre high walls and curved floor of the space, and their movement through the gallery shapes their individual experience,’ according to the gallery.

UVA says, ‘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?’

How Momentum might look
How Momentum might look

We should clarify at this point that there’s no dabbling with the fourth dimension or time travel involved.

UVA founder Matt Clark says, ‘We’re synthesising phenomena that makes you question the way you see things move. There will be 12 oscillating objects that seem to move naturally at a first glance but then we manipulate them to make you ask questions.’

United Visual Artists: Momentum will run from 13 February – 1 June at The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London

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