A Hayward Gallery off-site exhibition presented in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory
By Zoe Kinross on October 5th 2016
It was a frighteningly sunny October day when I visited, which made me feel a little guilty about being indoors watching films. I immediately forgot about the bright day outside as I was transported to ten other worlds in this brilliant show. With work from artists as diverse as Khalil Joseph, Jeremy Deller and Rachel Rose, it would be hard not to find a piece that captures your imagination.
From a film about modern African - American communities inspired by Kendrick Lamars album m.A.A.d city, to a spooky hologram of the famous opera singer Maria Callas via a visit to Bom Bom the Japanese dancehall queen's subconscious - there really is something for everyone.
Spanning ten video installations over a maze of a building on the Strand, I was there for over two and a half hours - make sure you go with time to take it all in.
For me, the whole show was worthy of a write up, but I will mention three of the works that particularly caught my attention;
Ugo Rondinones THANX 4 NOTHING, 2015, is an amazing black and white four screen installation of beat poet John Giorno reciting his poem of the same name.
He recalls his failed loves, suicidal thoughts and friends lost which is in turn moving but also funny too. It is hypnotically edited and completely impossible to ignore. When I visited, a fellow audience member was a two year old girl, she can't have understood a word but was completely entranced by it.
A strange and somewhat erotic work by Cameron Jamie entitled Massage the History, 2007-9, features young dancers sensually gyrating with furniture in middle class american homes- you have to see it to know what the hell I'm talking about, but the contrast of this is at times unsettling. Set to Sonic Youth's song of the title of the work, it will definitely stay with you- a piece of footage of a man skateboarding on fire has still not left my mind.
And the last video in the exhibition, Nightlife, 2015, by Cyprien Galliard, shown in the underbelly of the building is a stunning 3D film and a glittering finale to the show. Masterfully shot slow moving trees dance in a blustery night to a dubby edit of Alton Ellis's classic song Black Mans World before we are treated to being literally placed slap bang in the middle of a firework display over Berlins Olimpiastadion.The piece has a dark undertone, but it is an undeniably gorgeous thing to watch, incredibly modern whilst simultaneously looking somehow almost prehistoric.
I left the exhibition feeling completely inspired and moved, it is a must see.
FREE and on until the 4th December 2016 at 180 The Strand.
Tuesday - Saturday 12-8pm, Sundays - 12-7pm.
A Hayward Gallery Collaboration with The Vinyl Factory.