Lecture with Troika

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Troika is a London collective founded by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel who are widely known for their experimental practise, sculptures, installations and projects that provoke and employ a cross-disciplinary approach and intersect between sculpture, architecture, and contemporary installation.

They met while studying at the Royal College of Art and subsequently started their studio in 2003.

Often merging technology with their artistic practice as a point of departure but also to actify the installations, Troika's work explores the intersection of scientific thought, observation and human experience in a rational and rationalized world, and describes how logic and reason live in the presence of the metaphysical and surreal.

While their work is often filled with polarities — solitude and interaction, transition and permanence, the artificial and the natural — their interest lies within man's resolve to synthesize these opposites.

In a spirit of optimism, they draw connections between radically different situations and look at our surroundings from a different perspective while setting the scene with scenarios and experiences that are notable in their formal simplicity and often touch upon our innate memories of sound, sight and movement.

Since establishing the studio in 2003 Troika's work has been exhibited, amongst others, at the Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Britain and MoMA New York. In 2010 Troika were selected to create three art installations for the UK Pavilion at the World Expo Shanghai. Troika's work is represented in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum Jerusalem, British Council, The Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum Of Modern Art New York.

Troika has authored two books to date: Digital by Design, Thames and Hudson, 2008; Moscow Style, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2005, and, in 2009, won the D&AD Yellow Pencil for their digital sculpture 'Cloud' in London Heathrow Terminal 5 and their kinetic installation ‘Palindrome’ for the V&A in 2011.

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