Conrad Shawcross: Timepiece Opens At The Roundhouse

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Conrad Shawcross: Timepiece Opens At The Roundhouse

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Timepiece, photo by Stephen White

Conrad Shawcross: Timepiece opens to the public at the Roundhouse today.

The moving arms of the strange mechanical device suspended high above the circular Main Space turns the Roundhouse into a clock of sorts, telling its own time according to its movements. It's choreographed to captivate spectators with an intricate play of light and shadow, augmented by a spike, acting like a sundial on the ground. The Roundhouse has been stripped bare around it, emphasising its size and shape and reminding us of its industrial heritage.

A series of special events starts this weekend, with other artists and art forms responding to Timepiece, filling it with performers and music. At other times, it will be eerily quiet as the artificial sundial dances around the space.


Two fine contemporary dance companies will perform in the main space, dancing in and out of the shadows and riffing on the theme of time. See Wayne McGregor's Random Dance on Sundays 4, 11 & 25 August, 2-5pm and Siobhan Davies Dance performing ROTOR on Saturday 17, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 August at various times throughout the day.


On Thursday 8 August, performances by spoken word artists, experimental voices and electronica take place from 8pm and on Thursday 15 August, watch circus dance performance artist Iona Kewney and musician Joseph Quimby respond to the installation.


  • Conrad Shawcross talks to Wayne McGregor about their collaboration on Sunday 4 August at 1pm
  • Art meets science as John Heilbron, historian of science, has a chat to Shawcross on Monday 5 August at 6.30pm

London Contemporary Orchestra:

Follow London Contemporary Orchestra from Primrose Hill to the Roundhouse and explore the hours of the day through sound, costume, taste, smell and visual perception. Starting outdoors at sunset, the orchestra play Vivier's Zipangu on the hill, then take you on a soundwalk to Chalk Farm where  Stockhausen’s epic ‘KLANG Die 24 Stunden des Tages’ is performed inside the installation. This event comes from the same brain as Secret Cinema, and should be a very special experience. It takes place on Thursday 22 August starting 8pm. This is the only ticket with a set price, that's £15-£35, book quick!

Conrad Shawcross: Timepiece is open Monday-Wednesday & Friday midday till 8pm, Thursdays midday till 10pm (closed 22 August). Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm. Tickets: pay what you like, in person and online.

Last Updated 01 August 2013