The Barbican has commissioned multidisciplinary art and design group United Visual Artists (UVA) to create a new work based around the Curve.
"Momentum is a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of the Curve."
UVA’s founder Matt Clark says of the piece that while it is ‘designed to mess with your perception of time and physical space’ it also has a hypnotic and meditative nature.
The exhibition is set in almost complete darkness and consists consists of 12 "spatial instruments" (pendulums) that emit soft planes of light that slowly change and cast unusual shadows and patterns throughout the 90 meter hall.
Before you enter you are politely cautioned, and told that occasionally you will find yourself in complete darkness and to be mindful of potential hazards as well as other people. The effect when you first enter the hall is slightly unnerving, you find yourself arms-out, guiding yourself along walls and hopelessly separated from your group.
As your eyes slowly adjust you find yourself staring up curiously at a small light has suddenly appeared hovering above your head. It is around this time you also become aware of everyone else in the room, frozen like statues staring up, towards the gently swaying lights.
The experimental and percussive music adds to the experience, helping the audience to temporarily disconnect from the outside world. Seemingly the perfect accompaniment as people stand transfixed in a dream-like state.
The event entitled ‘Momentum’ is on display at the Barbican in London and coincides with UVA’s 10th anniversary it runs from 13th February to 1st June 2014 and entrance is free.