Student Organized Special Event Series: United Visual Artists
|November 11, 2010|
|4:00 pm||to||5:30 pm|
Established in 2003, United Visual Artists are an art and design practice based in London. UVA produce immersive and responsive work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image and digital installation. Reflecting their roots in live show creation, UVA’s work aims to create a social and emotional experience, inviting the audience to cross the line and become a part of the work.
UVA’s team members come from many disciplines including fine art, architecture, communication design, moving image, computer science and engineering. The cross-pollination of diverse skills inspires new fields of exploration and is core to their ethos.
UVA is part design studio and part technological R&D lab. It acts as a workshop for electronics, model making and prototyping installations. The software team create bespoke tools used regularly on some of the highest profile productions in the world.
UVA’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the The V&A, the Royal Academy of Art, the South Bank Centre, the Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Collection, Opera North Leeds, Durham Cathedral and The British Library. Their artworks have also toured internationally to cities including Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Yamaguchi, Taipei, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Barcelona. UVA also have large scale permanent art works in Toronto and Istanbul.
UVA’s designs for live performance have led to commissions at venues such as the Tate Modern turbine hall, Madison Square Garden in New York and Trafalgar Square London. UVA have also collaborated with musicians including Massive Attack, Jay-Z, U2, Chemical Brothers and Battles, to name a few.
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 ‘Designs of the Year’ show in April 2008. In 2010 UVA were awarded a distinction for their kinetic installation ‘Chorus’ at this year’s Prix Ars Electronica.
brought to you by ITP student, Mike Cohen.