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Digital art installation launches year-long cross-cultural collaboration

An ambitious and evolving artwork has launched in The Calls, Leeds, connecting conversations between the UK and India.

 DUET is a digital art installation, located on the side of the Yorkshire Design Group offices, which incorporates a series of dynamic interactive animated-light panels created from raw, single-line, real time conversations between two anonymous individuals across two continents.

It is the work of Leeds-based interactive art studio Invisible Flock, and Quicksand, an Indian research and design lab, and has been made possible as a result of key collaboration and investment from Yorkshire Design Group, LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) and Leeds City Council, with support from East Street Arts.

The multi-platform digital art project takes three forms; an app, which anonymously connects participants, inviting them to exchange details of their lives by answering one question a day; an interactive web platform – each anonymous conversation adds to the platform in real time, providing a beautiful portal into thousands of global conversations, and a series of outdoor public artworks which will be installed across cities in India and the UK, allowing for multiple levels of engagement. Leeds is the first and will be in situ for 12 months.

Paul Ellison, Managing Director of Yorkshire Design Group, said: “We are delighted to bring DUET’s unique public artwork to a key waterfront location in Leeds. The process of delivering this exciting addition to the public realm is an excellent example of the successful collaboration between the private sector, LeedsBID and Leeds City Council – all working together to enhance the city’s streetscape with temporary and longer term interventions.”

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