Middlesex University students had the opportunity to experience the innovative working process of London based studio Troika, assisting in the assembly of their new project, 'Arcades'.
Opening recently at the Biennale Interieur 2012 in Kortrijk, Belgium, 'Arcades' will run until the 16th of November as part of the Future Primitives programme, a series of curated site-specific works set across Kortrijk. The programme showcases the work of leading and innovative artists and designers, including pieces by Nendo (Japan), Ross Lovegrove (UK), Greg Lynn (US), Studio Makkink & Bey (Netherlands), David Bowen (US) and Muller Van Severen (Belgium). A leading event in the contemporary art, design and interior innovations industries, the Biennale attracts around 100,000 visitors, from members of the public to leading industry professionals.
For the programme Troika transformed a former stable building in the historical old town of Buda Island. Formed by 14 pillars of light, the installation inscribes one architectural space within another. The students assisted on the assembly of the installation which utilises optical components and fresnel lenses to create the impression of bending light hyperbolically into arches.
Middlesex University student Ravi Ravi (22) said: “The final piece looked spectacular, and it was great to get the opportunity to work on such a high profile piece.”
After recently giving a guest lecture at Middlesex, Troika approached the University for assistance on the project. Product Design and Engineering students Ravi Ravi, Harry Bradshaw, and Tommy Miller joined Troika for the project, experiencing firsthand Troika's cross-disciplinary practice. Founded in 2003 by Conny Freyer, Sebastien Noel and Eva Rucki, Troika's practice often merges science and technology, employing a dynamic approach that intersects with sculpture, architecture, and contemporary installation. Since establishing the studio Troika's work has been exhibited, amongst others, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Harry Bradshaw (20) said: “Throughout our course we work on industry projects, which prepared us for industry conditions and time scales. But it was a great experience and incredible to work with Troika.”