Sunday, January 21, 2007


Artists: United Visual Artists (UVA) and Robert Del Naja (aka 3D) of Massive Attack and Neil Davidge (one point six)
Venue: John Madejski Garden , V&A, 24 November 2006 - 28 January 2007

Located in the John Madejski Garden at the V&A, Volume is presented by the V&A and Playstation, a series of pillars of light with speakers sitting on top. Constructed by UVA, Robert Del Naja and Neil Davidge, Volume reacts visually and musically to people passing it, colours rippling up and down the posts in sequence, each playing a different sound that blends into the whole. Wandering around, I found myself trying to track visual and audio patterns, watching segments of the grid fade out as they were left alone long enough, while others formed bands of green, blue, yellow, orange, pink, and on. Fascinated I lingered round the edges, strolled through the centre, and scoffed as one guy's girlfriend asked him why he was wasting time taking pictures of this since it was boring.

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