Universal Everything
The Science Museum


Motion-captured life-size video artworks

Presence is a series of large-scale motion-captured video art pieces, creating dancing abstract forms with a human presence. A collaboration with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and the LA Dance Project, the moving image artwork continues Universal Everything’s exploration into the essence of choreography, movement and the human form.

Commissioned by Media Space London for their inaugural exhibition, Presence turns the screen into a stage and the body into an abstracted sculpture. Experimenting with various materials and forms, the life-sized moving sculptures in these motion-captured video art works cycle through a randomised collection of “costumes” that range from colourful light trails to crystalline formations, with only their movement revealing the human presence within.

“A primal aesthetic pervades the piece… This, coupled with the work’s unrelenting attempt to reduce the human body to its most elemental forms, to distill the very essence of life, to investigate every formal and emotional possibility in the representation of the human body, leaves the viewer with the impression that the artists, true to their name, are seeking to identify the universal in everything. To some extent, their work is an ongoing attempt to unearth and harness a fundamental kernel of truth that transcends barriers and links all of humanity.”
– Julia Kaganskiy, New York, 2013 – read full article


Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Animator: Chris Perry
Choreographer: Benjamin Millepied,
LA Dance Project
Dancers: Julia Eichten, Nathan Makolandra
Motion Capture: Audiomotion
Composer: Simon Pyke
Viola: Annie Kerr
Clarinet: Merlin Shepherd
Vocals: Jenny Kosmowsky
Technician: Benoit Simon
Architect: Irene Shamma
Fabrication: AB3 Workshop, Other Fabrications
AV Consultant and Supplier: Bluman Associates
Producer: Keri Elmsly
Filmmakers: Giorgia Polizzi, Sandra Ciampone
Photographers: James Medcraft, Kate Elliot

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  • It can be difficult to describe digital artworks, because they often need to be seen to be understood. But Matt Pyke hopes that when people do see the newest, extraordinary installation by his design collective, Universal Everything, they will feel ‘the sensation of witnessing a new form of life, never felt before’. And the brilliant thing is, they probably will. – Henrietta Thompson, Wallpaper
  • BBC
  • Nowness
  • Huffington Post
  • Artsy

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