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Blending of Time

UVA in partnership with Hennessy V.S.O.P

Directed by
Emile Rafael
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Alter the fabric of space in this new cosmic art installation from UVA in partnership with Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège

Suspending audiences between the tactile art world and the immateriality of the cosmos is one of Hennessy’s most immersive artistic collaborations to date, Harmonics; a kinetic light and sound installation created by United Visual Artists (UVA)—a London-based art practice that integrates new technologies with traditional media to create engaging, site-specific installations.

UVA founder and British artist Matthew Clark talks us through what inspired their latest creation—the Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège. Matured in oak barrels, this cognac is made from the finest mix of eaux-de-vie. Similarly, it is this blending of the past and present that gave rise to Harmonics.

“When light and sound unfolds at great speed, a state of continual flux can appear as a continuum”
“It immediately crystallized for us that the aging process resonated with our exploration of motion and light, and of layers in time,” says Clark, who was taught the art of cognac-making by Hennessy’s Master Blender, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. “These time capsules are like the light that reaches us from distant stars, each one existing in a completely different time and space yet blended as one in our perception.”

Filmmaker Emile Raphael captures the installation in action as its revolving crimson laser beams metamorphosize into a static tunnel of color—resulting in an awe-inspiring light show that capitalizes on the brain’s limits of perception.

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