Universal Everything   1000 Hands
The Science Museum

1000 Hands
A visitor-generated audio-visual installation
London

1000 Hands is a mobile app and installation that invites users to contribute line drawings to a collective, evolving digital work of art.

Universal Everything brings the users’ fingertip-touchscreen interaction to life, extending their gestures into dancing, poetic musical forms. Together, the submitted drawings combine to form a harmonious chorus celebrating the living drawn line.

The app is full of surprises for users to discover, as drawing specific shapes reveals hidden forms, behaviours and appearances. Using shape recognition, the artwork responds acutely to user input, building on Universal Everything’s ongoing exploration of synaesthesia.

The artwork was commissioned for Media Space London’s inaugural exhibition.


“The human is central to Universal Everything’s work, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the piece 1000 Hands… The piece builds on the visual ideas set forth in Universal Everything’s previous piece, Communion, which debuted at La Gaîté Lyrique in 2011. This time, however, co-creating the work of art in collaboration with the audience initiates a dialogue between the artists, the visitors, and the museum space itself. Since the work exists as a mobile app that can be downloaded by anyone in the world, it also extends the exhibition experience beyond the physical space of the gallery and into the virtual space of the digital realm.”
– Julia Kaganskiy, New York, 2013 – read full article

Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Developers: Mike Tucker, Andreas Muller
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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