Creating spectacles with d3 / United Visual Artists – Special Feature

United Visual Artists are an art and design practice based in London and working internationally. They create work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance and digital installation. Their initial work in live performance led to a sustained interest in spectacle, the relationship between passive spectation and active participation, and the use of responsive systems to create a sense of presence. Almost ten years in its existence, UVA developed a recognisable style, bringing to public installation domane tricks and scale of life performance and vice versa. From the very beginning UVA’s ambitions and ideas were slightly ahead of available technical solutions, therefore in order to fulfil their vision UVA developed custom software and hardware bundle, today referred to as d3.

Today, d3 is an integral part of UVA. This close relationship between the tool and creative process has enabled UVA to create mesmerising work, exhibited widely across the world and shown at institutions such as the V&A, the Royal Academy of Art, the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection, Opera North Leeds, Durham Cathedral and The British Library. Their works have toured to cities including Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Barcelona. At the same time d3 has developed a life of it's own, now a semi-separate entity offering services for some of the largest and most complicated shows of the last few years, from rock to pop, from theater to broadcast.

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