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Ron Arad's Curtain Call at London's Roundhouse

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Architect and designer Ron Arad has unveiled 'Curtain Call', an installation for Roundhouse, an arts venue in London.

Arad has responded to the Roundhouse's main space by creating a curtain made of 5,600 silicon rods, suspended from an 18-metre diameter ring. This curtain functions as a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction. Once visitors step inside the circular screen, they become surrounded by images and sound.

Arad has invited artists, musicians and friends to create unique work for the interactive installation. As part of the piece, each day visitors will be able to see work by Babis Alexiadis, Hussein Chalayan, Mat Collishaw, Ori Gersht, Greenaway & Greenaway, Christian Marclay, Javier Mariscal, SDNA, David Shrigley, and students from the Royal College of Art.

A number of special events will be staged throughout the run, for which tickets range between £12 and £25, including cellist Steven Isserlis with a performance of solo suites by Bach and Britten (17 August), Berlin-based electronic music label Innervisions with an evening featuring a screening of the 1920s classic film 'The Cabinet of Dr Caligari' (19 August), and London Contemporary Orchestra performing Vaughan Williams's 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis' and other modern pieces on ancient themes (23 August).

There will also be free events by American author Jonathan Safran Foer, singer/ songwriter Lail Arad, and Eyesonthewall, the creative lab of visual artists based in London. Designer Paul Cocksedge will be heating and moulding old LPs to give them new life as vinyl speakers that amplify music from smart phones.

Tickets for the installation (which is open until 29 August) are 'pay what you can'. The Roundhouse is at Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH.

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