Ron Arad Installation Activates London’s Roundhouse




The Roundhouse, a North London venue will feature “Curtain Call,” a ring of silicon rods by internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad . The former head of design at the Royal College Of Art has invited his favourite musicians and friends to create unique work for his 360° interactive installation. Arad’s constant experimentation with materials and his radical approach to form and structure have put him at the forefront of contemporary design. For Curtain Call, he’s responded to the Roundhouse’s spectacular Main Space by creating a curtain made of 5,600 silicon rods, suspended from an 18 metre diamater ring – a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction.

Some of the guest artists include, Babis Alexiadis, Hussein Chalayan, Paul Cocksedge, Matt Collishaw, Ori Gersht, Greenaway & Greenaway, Christian Marclay, Javier Mariscal, SDNA, David Shrigley and students from the Royal College Of Art.

Arad said: “Walk in, penetrate, cross the moving images to get inside the cylinder. You’ll be engulfed by images – a captive, but also a creator. It’s amazing what exciting things happen on both sides of the curtain. I can’t wait.”

Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. He studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and at the Architectural Association in London. He is currently Professor of Design Product at the Royal College of Art in London.

Arad’s constant experimentation with the use of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design.

Arad has produced an outstanding array of innovative objects over the past twenty-five years, from almost unlimited series of objects to carbon fiber armchairs and polyurethane bottle racks. He has also designed memorable spaces, some plastic and tactile, others ethereal and digital. His exhibition at New York’s MOMA was the first major retrospective of Arad’s design work in the United States. It also viewed at the Barbican in London.

The installation is part of the Bloomberg Summer series running at the Roundhouse and Arad’s work will be open to the public from August 9-29.  PAY WHAT YOU CAN – THERE’S NO FIXED PRICE


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