Building on its reputation as London’s best space for artistic and technological innovation, 180 The Strand unveils its latest forward-thinking showcase this Spring with the audiovisual exhibition ‘Future Shock’. Featuring immersive digital technology, light shows, holographic projections and state-of-the-art electronic music, the new exhibition collects work from “pioneering artists at the apex of sound and vision, who are imaging the new world of space.”
There are countless highlights within the cavernous space. Ben Kelly, best known for his collaborations with Factory Records — including the iconic interior design of the Haçienda — is present via a room full of gyrating totems and columns, which evokes memories of the world-famous Manchester nightclub. Leading audiovisual artists Weirdcore, meanwhile, fuse lights, ribbons and other visual patterns with a soundtrack composed by Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James. The latter room is described as “like being stuck inside a psychedelic computer” by Time Out.
Elsewhere, Ryoichi Kurokawa’s cinematic environment blends 3-D, digitally-mapped architecture, ruins and nature in a cube of quadrophonic sound and strobe lights. Lawrence Lek, who previously designed a subterranean ‘Temple’ for virtual ravers at 180 The Strand in 2019, returns with a new commission scored by Hyperdub founder Kode9. And a triptych film installation set in 2034 marks the latest work from Gener8ion — a duo comprising electronic producer Surkin and French filmmaker Romain Gavras (known for his music videos for Justice, Jamie XX, Kanye West and MIA).
‘Future Shock’ runs from now until 28 August 2022 at 180 The Strand, London.