Award-winning artist and designer Es Devlin is known worldwide for her sculptural installations which are often created as environments for concerts, opera, dance and theatre. Her luminous fluorescent red Fifth Lion sculpture roared A.I. generated collective poetry to crowds in Trafalgar Square during London Design Festival last week. The Singing Tree, her choral collective carol installation at the V&A, fused machine-learning technology with sound and light, and was viewed by over ten million visitors during Christmas 2017. Her Mirrormaze generated queues around the block in Peckham in 2016.
The visionary designer collaborated with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli on an interpretation of The Order of Time read by Benedict Cumberbatch at the legendary rooftop art space, BOLD Tendencies in Peckham in September 2018 and has conceived touring stage sculptures for Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, Adele, The Royal Opera House and The National Theatre as well as designing the London Olympic Closing Ceremony. Her practice was the subject of a major 2017 Netflix documentary: Abstract: The Art of Design, and she is the winner of numerous awards including three Olivier Awards, the 2017 London Design Medal, a UAL fellowship and an OBE.
Studio Es Devlin
Studio Es Devlin is a London-based predominantly female design practice that works closely with artist and designer Es Devlin to develop and produce artworks, installations and touring stage sculptures for opera, dance, concerts and theatre. The majority of the team trained as architects and many have worked in other fields including music, film, fashion, interiors and coding. Members of the studio regularly give talks and work as tutors for a number of educational institutions including UCL and the RCA. The studio also hosts educational workshops and events in order to expose young people to the relevance of the creative arts for a contemporary, global Britain.