Varvara and Mar: We Are the Clouds
See yourself in the clouds in this interactive outdoor artwork.
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Have you ever seen yourself in the sky? Estonia-based artist duo Varvara and Mar invite you to participate in an interactive artwork for UrbanScreen.
During their residency with the Surrey Art Gallery in the winter of 2020, the artists invited local community members to visit with them and create physical movements—such as dances, hand gestures, or other playful performances—in front of a camera. Through special software developed by the artists, these performances were captured and transformed into moving, silhouetted cloud shapes, to be projected onto a majestic blue sky traversing the façade of the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre.
This fall you can join them in creating a cloud community. Through the use of a camera kiosk located onsite, you can record your own live performance for the screen, and be transmuted into the clouds. Even as we take social distancing measures in our day to day lives, We Are the Clouds encourages togetherness in the warmth of a beautiful sky.
An essay about We Are the Clouds by artist, designer, and academic Garnet Hertz will be launched this fall.
About the artists
Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. Their work is often inspired by the digital age. In their practice, they confront social changes and impacts of the technological era. In addition to that, Varvara & Mar are fascinated by kinetics, participation, and digital fabrication, which are integral parts of their work.
They have exhibited their artworks in a number of international shows and festivals, including MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, the Barbican and the V&A Museum in London, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and more.
In addition, the duo has completed various commissions, such as Neuronal Landscapes (2018) for the Estonian History Museum and Wishing Wall (2014) for Google and the Barbican for their Digital Revolution exhibition. In 2017, they completed a public art commission in Tallinn for NUKU Theatre, and have been recognized for their public artworks in Estonia.
The artists wish to thank Martin Nadal for his software assistance on We Are the Clouds, as well as the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Image: Varvara and Mar, We Are the Clouds (detail and full image), 2020. Photo: SITE Photography