Exhibition: Ron Arad’s Curtain Call, Roundhouse, London, until August 29 2011
© Courtesy of Ron Arad
The internationally renowned Israeli artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad, has responded to the Roundhouse’s distinctive Main Space with a unique installation this summer.
Curtain Call, a cylindrical curtain of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from a ring measuring 18 metres in diameter, will act as a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction.
Arad has invited his favourite artists, musicians and friends to create unique works for the equally original 360° interactive installation.
© Courtesy of Babis Alexiadis
For three weeks visitors will be able to see work by Babis Alexiadis, David Shrigley, Greenaway & Greenaway and students from the Royal College of Art, among others.
Once inside the cylinder, participants will be “engulfed by images – a captive, but also a creator”, according to Arad.
His constant experimentation with materials and his radical approach to form and
structure during the past 30 years have put Arad at the forefront of contemporary design.
© Courtesy of Christian Marclay
In 1994 he unveiled the Bookworm bookshelf and, in 2005, his Lolita chandelier for the Swarovski crystal company.
In many ways a forerunner to Curtain Call, the chandelier, comprised of 2,100 Swarovski crystals, becomes a giant pixel board, receiving and displaying text messages along its curving length.
Throughout Curtain Call’s run, a number of special events will be held, including a performance of Bach and Britten solo suites by acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis (Aug 17).
Berlin-based electronic music label Innervisions curate an evening featuring a screening of the 1920s classic, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, accompanied by a live score (Aug 19).
A number of "pay what you can" events will also be held, including the deliverance of a rude oracle by Everything is Illuminated author, Jonathan Safran Foer (Aug 15).
- For more information visit the Curtain Call homepage.