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Interview: United Visual Artists

Interview: United Visual Artists

UVA’s Matt Clark on the new works inside the expansive new exhibition at 180 Studios, Synchronicity.

London-based collective United Visual Artists (UVA) has helped define a generation of media artists working with light, space, sound, and code. Under the guidance of artist Matt Clark, UVA’s multimedia practice investigates the nature of perception and cognition, reflecting on the ways we attempt to understand and make sense of the world. Commissioned and produced by 180 Studios at 180 The Strand, Synchronicity is the studio’s largest survey exhibition to date and highlights their ongoing interest in the role of pattern recognition in meaning making and the human impulse to find structure and order in an otherwise chaotic universe.

While UVA are best known for their large-scale installations and architectural interventions, music has played a pivotal role in the studio’s work since its founding. Every work in Synchronicity deals with music in some way—as a way of structuring time (Our Time, 2016), as a way of relating to our environment (Polyphony) and technology (Ensemble), as a perceptual phenomena (Chromatic), and as one of the original means for making sense of the universe (Musica Universalis,…

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