United Visual Artists is a London based art practice founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru. UVA’s work encompasses large-scale temporary and permanent installations, small-scale artworks and live performance based projects.
The studio’s lines of enquiry include the tension between real and synthesised experiences; the questioning of our relationship with technology, and our perceptual experiences of natural phenomena such as space and time.
UVA have been commissioned by institutions including Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Barbican, The Serpentine Gallery, Manchester International Festival, MONA and YCAM Japan. Their work has been exhibited at galleries including The Royal Academy, The Wellcome Collection, Blain | Southern, Riflemaker and the British Library.
The studio has an open approach to collaboration, which has led to a diverse range of projects including with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and the Paris Opéra Ballet, filmmaker Adam Curtis and musicians Massive Attack, Battles and James Blake.
What to Expect at Day for Night
With over 1.5 million square feet of hybrid indoor/outdoor space available at the former Barbara Jordan Post Office in downtown Houston, the venue offers the possibility for expansive multi-room visual experiences. Day for Night has also commissioned some art directly from UVA and hopefully we’ll see some interactive pieces or some installations that correlate to music.
One piece we are looking forwards to from UVA is Musica Universalis that will explore, just as ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras did, the connection between geometry and harmonics. By using kinetic sculptures and light, UVA will stun Day for Night audiences by phasing out sound and light in ways that pay homage to Pythagoras’ discoveries thousands of years ago.
Below are some examples of what to expect from UVA. To see more works, go to https://uva.co.uk/works.
Picture Credit: UVA