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Exhibition Review -The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video at The Store from 9th September to 4th December 2016

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The Hayward Gallery in association with The Vinyl Factory present the gallery’s only major off-site exhibition during its two-year refurbishment at The Store 180 Strand , a new creative space in the Strand. The exhibition is entitled The Infinite Mix and will premiere immersive audio-visual installations by leading international artists: Martin Creed (UK); Jeremy Deller (UK) and Cecilia Bengolea (Argentina), Stan Douglas (Canada), Cyprien Gaillard (France), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (France), Cameron Jamie (USA), Kahlil Joseph (USA), Elizabeth Price (UK), Ugo Rondinone (Switzerland) and Rachel Rose (USA).

The exhibition takes visitors on a visual and musical journey through a series of spaces above and below ground, to discover hologram-like installations, multi-screen installations and cinema-style 3D projections.

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The exhibition begins with British artist Martin Creed’s Work No. 1701 (2013) which shows a series of people with atypical gaits as each crosses the same New York Street. The unusual subject matter is strangely fascinating with music from the artist’s song ‘You Return’.

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The next work by Canadian artist Stan Douglas explores fact and fiction with Luanda-Kinshasa (2013), Douglas presents a 1970s fictional jazz-funk band (led by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran) in the midst of a recording session set in replica of the legendary Columbia 30th Street Studio. For all the naturalistic action and cultural references, it is all a fiction.

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Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s THANX 4 NOTHING (2015) is a dazzling multi-screen environment, presented on four screens. The work shows a 79-year-old legendary beat poet, John Giorno, performing his 2007 poem. Dressed in a tuxedo and looking like a 60s crooner, Giorno delivers his entertaining, humorous and thought-provoking monologue.

American artists Kahlil Joseph’s m.A.A.d. (2015) and Cameron Jamie’s Massage the History (2007-09) examine aspects of life amongst the African-American communities, whilst British artist Jeremy Deller and Argentinian choreographer Cecilia Bengolea’s Bom Bom’s Dream (2016) is a work will be centred around the annual summer Dancehall dance competition in Kingston, Jamaica, focusing on the participation of contemporary Japanese dancehall dancer Batty Bom-Bom.

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2015 Frieze Artist Award winner Rachel Rose brings together a multitude of influences for Everything and More (2015) which features the recording of the American astronaut David Wolf talking about the pleasures and perils of space.

Turner Prize-winner Elizabeth Price’s video installations use a fusion of image, text and music to explore aspects of social history which challenges ideas about how we assimilate knowledge.

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Finally there is a trip to the cavernous Store building car park for French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster who recreates a performance by opera legend Maria Callas, in the dark gloom a red apparition appears like a hologram, The ghostly image fades and then reappears against the background of operatic music.

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Photo Cyprien Gaillard- still from nightlife

Finally, there is UK premiere of Cyprien Gaillard’s remarkable film Nightlife (2015) which is projected in 3D.  Featuring images of dancing gust-blown trees lit up at night in Los Angeles and a drone’s eye view of fireworks exploding over the stadium built by the Nazi’s for the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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This intriguing and entertaining free exhibition will introduce The Store 180 The Strand space to a wider audience, the space in many ways similar to Tate Modern, the architecture seems to lend itself to large-scale installations. The Infinite Mix exhibition is less a series of unconnected rooms but rather a visual and musical exploration of different aspects of the modern world. This is a rare opportunity to view a series of large-scale installations by some of the leading artists in the audio-visual media in one large space.

This free exhibition runs from the 9th September  to 4th December 2016.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

 If you would like more information visit the Store 180 Strand website here

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