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Controlling Space

Dates: 17 - 23 August 2014
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Prices: From € 835 to € 1125 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

For this workshop, Alexandros and Ben will look back on 10 years of UVA and invite a series of discussions stemming from some of the reoccurring themes, mediums and processes in their work. They will talk about the studio’s use of light and sound as formable materials to manipulate space and explore ideas of perception, time, synthesised experiences and the role of technology in our lives.

The workshop provides a great excuse for Alexandros and Ben to dig through the studio’s archive and rediscover what’s been piling up over the years. Armed with some technology from UVA’s previous works, participants in the workshop will have the chance to get their hands dirty and experiment themselves. Hopefully the sun will be shining and we can find a nice balance of making, talking, and sitting around staring at the sky.

United Visual Artists (UVA) is a London based art practice that combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. The studio has an open approach to collaboration, uniting diverse skills to continuously evolve new technologies and materials, which in turn suggest new artistic directions.

The studio’s lines of enquiry include the tension between real and synthesized experiences – the questioning of our relationship with technology, and the creation of phenomena that transcend the purely physical. In all their work, they aim to distill complexity down to its essence. Based in London, UVA was founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru.

United Visual Artists have been commissioned by Artwise Curators, The Creators Project, La Gaite Lyrique, National Maritime Museum, Opera North, Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester International Festival, The Serpentine Gallery and YCAM Japan. Their work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries including the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection and The British Library. Internationally UVA have shown in Barcelona, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Paris, São Paulo, St. Petersburg, Taipei and Tokyo.

Their designs for live performance have led to commissions for venues such as the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Serpentine Gallery and Madison Square Garden in New York. In 2007, UVA’s responsive light and sound sculpture Volume won a yellow pencil at the D&AD awards, and featured in the London Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year’ show in 2008. Speed of Light was nominated for ‘Design of the Year’ in 2010, and High Arctic nominated in 2011. UVA were awarded a distinction for their kinetic installation Chorus at the 2010 edition of Prix Arts Electronica. In 2011, Speed of Light was awarded a Creative Review Annual and listed in the Annual as ‘Best in Book’.

Currently working on their new installation “Momentum” for the Barbican Curve Gallery and a solo show at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne which opens in April 2014, UVA will also be exhibiting in the Barbican’s major summer exhibition Digital Revolution 2014.


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