Anna Meredith, photo by Gem Harris

Bumps Per Minute by Anna Meredith

Taking centre stage in the courtyard is a new interactive artwork from Anna Meredith, a Somerset House Studios resident and Mercury Award-nominated composer and musician.

Bumps Per Minute sees the traditional fairground dodgems ride reinvented into a high-octane interactive sensory experience. As visitors to Dodge race their bumper cars around the track, each bump, scratch and jolt is tracked by bespoke wireless technology, designed in collaboration with BAFTA-winning interaction sound artist and fellow Studios resident Nick Ryan. The frenetic, random manoeuvres of the cars generate a unique audio-visual composition, resulting in explosive three-minute sonic display across the courtyard approximately once every hour, featuring a new suite of music composed by Anna Meredith.

Drawing on the individual collisions of each bumper car, Bumps Per Minute ensures that every performance of the musical composition is different, creating spectacular, climactic musical moments for participants and spectators alike to enjoy around the site.

With thanks to the Adonyeva Foundation and to the founders of Zeyziart, Can and Zeynep Koseoglu, for their kind support towards this commission