London, United Kingdom
Troika is a London based studio founded by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel who are widely known for their experimental practise, sculptures, installations and projects that provoke and employ a cross-disciplinary approach and intersect between design, architecture, and contemporary installation.
They met while studying at the Royal College of Art and subsequently started their studio in 2003, emerging as an integrated practice that creates work collectively through detailed research, dialogue and experiment.
Often merging technology with their projects as a point of departure but also to actify their installations, their work explores the intersection of scientific thought, observation and human experience, and is driven by a strong interest in the organisation and physical effects of technology and materials, and how objects can be used to create dialogues, drive narratives and stage experiences within a social or physical context.
While their work is often filled with polarities — solitude and interaction, transition and permanence, the artificial and the natural — their interest lies within man’s resolve to synthesize these opposites.
They look at our surroundings from a different perspective while setting the scene with scenarios and experiences that are notable in their formal simplicity and that use sound, sight and movement as a tool for expression.
Since establishing the studio in 2003 Troika’s work has been exhibited, amongst others, at the Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Britain and MoMA New York. In 2010 Troika were selected to create three art installations for the UK Pavilion at the World Expo Shanghai. Troika’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum Jerusalem, British Council, The Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum Of Modern Art New York.
Troika has authored two books to date: Digital by Design, Thames and Hudson, 2008; Moscow Style, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2005, and, in 2009, won the D&AD Yellow Pencil for their digital sculpture ‘Cloud’ in London Heathrow Terminal 5 and ‘Palindrome’ at the V&A in 2011. In 2012 Troika was nominated for the Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum.
- The Space Between Now and Then 2011, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
- FILE 2011, São Paulo, Brazil.
- Decode: Digital Design Sensations 2011, Holon Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Falling Light 2011, Input / Output Gallery, Hong Kong
- Restless Bats Solo Show 2011, D&A Lab Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
- Joy of Living 2011, Somerset House, London
- Prediction, Biennale Internationale Design 2010, Saint-Etienne, France
- Blur, International Digital Art Festival 2010, Incheon South Korea
- Decode: Digital Design Sensations 2009, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
- Nowhere Nowhere 2008, LABoral, Gijon, Spain
- Design And The Elastic Mind 2008, MoMA, New York, USA
- Responsive: Best of British Interaction Design 2007, Japan Roppongi Hill Arena, Tokyo, Japan
- Sensi Sotto Sopra 2006, Palladio Theater, Rome, Italy
- Ron Arad – The Masters Selection 2005, Ausstellungshalle für Zeit-Genössische Kunst Münster, Germany
- Some Of Us 2003, Bremen, Germany
- Cosmos 2003, Ilios’ Tower Park, Athens, Greece