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Brief Published: 11 Aug 2011

Ron Arad’s Curtain Call


Making the most of the cavernous space at performing arts venue the Roundhouse in Camden, London, legendary designer and architect Ron Arad has created a whopping, site-specific, interactive installation – with just a little help from some of his internationally renowned artistic friends.

Consisting of a curving white curtain consisting of 5,600 eight-metre-long suspended silicon rods, the installation is effectively a huge circular canvas, enveloping the centre of the space, onto which a series of films (one per day) will be projected.

The stellar line-up of Arad’s artistic associates that will be contributing films includes the visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, the photo/video artist Mat Collishaw, the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, the illustrator David Shrigley and the graphic artist and furniture designer Javier Mariscal.

Highly immersive, the sizeable suspended installation has been designed to place viewers at the very heart of the artworks, supplying them with a 360-degree audio-visual treat rarely found in a conventional gallery environment.

Open until August 29, visitors are invited to pay whatever they can for admission.


Ron Arad