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Two new foyer commissions announced

The Barbican’s ongoing series of foyer commissions, which coincides with a major five-year partnership with Christie®, a global leader in visual and audio solutions, continues with two new installations.

Shall I This Time Hold You? by Sophie Clements is a large-scale projection and surround sound work exploring beauty capture in a chance moment, and inaugural Concert Hall Wall commission Find Yourself by Alex Mead and Jack Wates invites audiences to discover themselves in a live tapestry of textures.

Shall I This Time Hold You? is on display from Tue 21 Feb–May 2017 and documents the split second after a dramatic moment of change – a series of gunpowder explosions are frozen in time, producing seemingly tangible impossible projects. Created through a highly technical process, Clements’ work involves a 96 camera rig which will display the work as a series of large scale video projections across a five metre screen, accompanied by a multi-channel score.

For the inaugural Concert Hall Wall commission, the Barbican held an open call and invited creatives to respond to the phrase ‘What’s going on here, then?’. The chosen proposal is Alex Mead and Jack Wates’ Find Yourself, a projected tapestry of live video feeds from around the Hall’s adjacent spaces. Audiences are vacant, the tapestry sits as a collage of abstract textures and once inhabited is transformed into a patchwork of people, colour and movement. The installation is on display from Tue 7 Mar–Sun 21 May and invites visitors to explore the Barbican’s public spaces whilst contemplating the fabric of the surrounding environments.


Shall I This Time Hold You? and Find Yourself join the previously announced light installation 44 by Omer Arbel (until 18 April) and let’s take a walk by non zero one (until 2 April), an audio experience devised with members of the public that explores how strangers can connect with one another.

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