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Ron Arad's Curtain Call at the Roundhouse|©Stuart Leech/The Corner Shop
Ron Arad's Curtain Call at the Roundhouse|©Stuart Leech/The Corner Shop

A Bloomberg Summer: Roundhouse Marks 50 Years With A Month Of Music & Design

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Updated: 10 August 2016
It’s 50 years since North London’s iconic music and arts venue opened its doors, and this year’s Bloomberg Summer is set to mark the occasion in appropriate style. Having kicked off with the unveiling of a stunning visual piece by internationally renowned industrial designer Ron Arad, the month ahead is packed with innovative film, live performance and music to celebrate the landmark anniversary.

Famed for avant-garde productions alongside more mainstream events such as the iTunes Music Festival, the Roundhouse has been hosting Bloomberg Summer, their ‘annual season dedicated to introducing new audiences to innovative culture’, for five consecutive years now. Israeli artist and designer Ron Arad first created his celebrated piece for the venue’s striking main space in 2011. Resurrected for the 50th celebrations, Arad’s Curtain Call is a dramatic, floor-to-ceiling, 360° installation made from 5,600 silicon rods hung from an 18 metre diameter ring inside the Roundhouse. Housed in a Grade II-listed railway engine shed complete with railway turntable, Arad’s design perfectly exploits The Roundhouse’s already theatrical architecture.

Ron Arad's Curtain Call at the Roundhouse|©Stuart Leech/The Corner Shop

Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse|©Stuart Leech/The Corner Shop

Throughout the duration of Bloomberg Summer (which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, who have been partnering with Roundhouse since 2003), Curtain Call will be providing a canvas for bespoke commissions and unique music events by a host of leading figures — favourite artists, musicians and friends of Arad whom he has invited to collaborate with him, alongside some who are also returning from 2011. Arad stresses the immersive, interactive nature of Curtain Call, saying: ‘Walk in, penetrate, cross the moving images to get inside the cylinder. You’ll be engulfed by images — a captive, but also a creator. It’s amazing what exciting things to happen on both sides of the curtain’.

The interior of Ron Arad's Curtain Call|©Stuart Leech/The Corner Shop

The interior of Ron Arad’s Curtain Call|©Stuart Leech/The Corner Shop

Some of the standout artists exhibiting this year include Mat Collishaw, whose epic optical installation Magic Lantern took over the roof of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2010, Ori Gersht, Fine Photographer and Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, and design studios Marshmallow Laser Feast and Universal Everything. Alongside visual pieces displayed on Curtain Call, the Roundhouse will be presenting a series of live musical events, including the return of BBC Proms, featuring an eclectic mix of music from British composer David Sawyer, Mercury Music Prize nominated Eska, hip hop and grime artist GAIKA, electronic musician Dan Deacon and the London Contemporary Orchestra, with world premieres of new pieces by Mica Levi and CHAINES.

Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse runs until Monday 29th August, 12pm-8pm. More information can be found here.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH