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Locals will tell you that, in this abundance of pop-ups and installations, selecting the ones that are worthwhile is quite the task. Luckily, The Vinyl Store’s commitment to curating the most interactive and mind-bending art never disappoints. Those familiar with the sensory overload ‘The Infinite Mix’ last autumn might have already explored the new special audio-visual feast hosted by 180 the Strand. Shaped around a John Cage quote, 'Nowadays everything happens at once and our souls are conveniently electronic (omniattentive)’, the exhibition challenges all your senses through this selection of commissions curated by the ambitious Vinyl Factory. And it will look good on your Instagram. And if you’re not convinced yet, here’s some highlights that are bound to make you run down to the Strand.
Test Pattern by Ryoji Ikeda
Data manipulator Ryoji Ikeda continues his pattern project in this audio-visual installation that sets up shop at 180 the Strand. His project initiated in 2006 with an interest in converting data into monochrome binary pattern to immerse his audience in a sensory experience. He previously debuted another test pattern earlier this year in the Swiss Alps. Get an idea of what to expect below:
Arthur Jafa – Love is The Message, The Message is Death
In a tent pitched on the rooftop of The Store’s brutal building reminiscent of the churches of the American South, Jafa invokes black visual aesthetic in a compilation of footage of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and the inequalities of America, all set to the soundtrack of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam. His collage of black America is poignant and multi-faceted, a battle cry oscillating between greatness and injustice. Putting it all together is all the more powerful as it forces the viewer to react and respond. A transformative church experience, if there ever was one.
Susan Hiller – Channels
Hiller’s massive audio-sculptural installation has made the rounds before. The artist, though, goes one step further, incorporating multilingual audio accounts from people with near death experiences, coming back to tell their tales. Sound is translated into lines and an otherwise fully human experience gets stripped down of all human imagery to prioritise these accounts, to build on a new kind of intimacy. It is emotionally provocative in new ways, by overturning conventional associations with death and finding new ways to negotiate these emotions.
Everything at Once + Test Pattern runs until 10 December at 180 the Strand, London WC2R 1EA; Free admission, closed Mondays.