Living in London one is spoiled by the big choice of entertainment. Visiting Barbican’s “Momentum” exhibition can leave even the most busy art lover amazed. You will probably never experience this sense of silence and mystery. The project studies movement, light and sound.
“Momentum” has been created by UVA, United Visual Artists, a London-based art practice established in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru. Their team combines and plays with architecture, design, sculpture and computer programming and set up their previous installations in Paris, Dubai, New York and Milan. Former work, among others, included collaboration with visual set ups for a popular music group from the United Kingdom Massive Attack world concert tour.
“Momentum”, based on twelve steel and aluminum pendulums moving to the soothing and delicate music, sometimes in unexpected ways is hosted in a ground floor, 90-metre long Curve section. The intensity and shape of light changes multiple times. Pendulums, moving in interchangeable slower and faster pace leave interesting shadows and disturbing shapes on high gallery walls. The installation gives a new life to the interior, offering visitors a chance to a truly sensual study of space. Bright light, reflecting and stopping on the silhouettes is creating intriguing sense of suspense and even dangerous pressure, as if being interrogated by an unknown being. The scenes created by the installation have science-fiction feeling about them, visitor seems to be suddenly transferred into a film set.
The exhibition is open until 1st June, visit Barbican’s website for the opening hours and access. Please check my below photos from this remarkable experience: