Less than Thirteen


This Is Rattle Foyer Installation

Tue 19 Sep 2017 10.00am - 10.00pm
Barbican Foyers

As part of This is Rattle, the Barbican and LSO have jointly commissioned a new digital work from award-winning artistic duo Cleary Connolly for the Concert Hall wall.

Less than Thirteen is a large-scale projected artwork, situated in the heart of the Barbican’s foyers, which interprets the movement of Sir Simon Rattle conducting. The silent, abstract videos reduce the human form to a series of animated dots based on motion capture of Sir Simon’s conducting of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The work explores the inherent musicality of movement; investigating how the conductor’s movement, although silent, can conjure up such an aural response from the orchestra.

Tickets: free, no booking required

Less than Thirteen draws on Gunnar Johansson’s theories of perception, which showed that as few as thirteen moving points can be fully understood as a human body. The projections visualise Sir Simon Rattle in less than thirteen moving dots, further abstracting the motion whilst striving to evoke melody and music in the minds of visitors. The work is part of the Barbican' ongoing foyer commissions programme, which extend the Barbican’s ambitious, international artistic programme beyond the walls of our venues and into our public spaces, giving visitors opportunities to experience outstanding art for free.

Denis Cleary and Anne Connolly live and work between Paris and Ireland. Their artworks focus on perception of space and its relationship with the public. They design interactive environments using various technologies and engage with architecture and place. Works have been presented at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2009); The Barbican, London (2010); the Casino, Dublin (2013); the Dead Zoo, Dublin (2014); and the German Gymnasium, London (2016).


The LSO worked with The University of Portsmouth and Vicon Motion Systems on a concept devised by The Partners to capture Sir Simon Rattle conducting Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’, using motion capture technology.

Part of This Is Rattle, celebrating the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle as LSO Music Director