A sonic journey through the dream-like world of new The Store X show Strange Days





Inside the 5-star exhibition, showcasing some of the most brilliant and radical contemporary film-makers.

Visitor information:

Where: The Store X, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

When: 2nd October – 9th December

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Free entry

“Music is the tool through which we lose control, but it’s also the occasion in which we feel our bodies again,” describes New Museum’s Massimiliano Gioni, who has curated the acclaimed new exhibition Strange Days: Memories of the Future alongside The Store X and The Vinyl Factory.

Led through the labyrinthine underbelly of the brutalist former office building that now houses The Store X, 180 The Strand, it is sound and music that compel you to discover more – a hint of what’s behind the next corner, an echo of what you’ve just experienced.

Likened to the experience of a first-person video game, and inspired by the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film of the same name, Strange Days stitches together scores, samples and soundscapes into the fabric of the show, whether through Kahli Joseph’s Fly Paper, or The National’s 6-hour marathon rendition of ‘Sorrow’ by Ragnar Kjartansson.

With the show now open until 9th December, we spoke to Gioni to find out more about the exhibition’s sonic aspects, and how music has helped guide its curation.

Watch the video above, and for those wanting to explore further, we’ve also selected 7 key works that are essential for every visit to the exhibition.


Lead image: Pipilotti Rist, ‘4th Floor To Mildness,’ 2016. Photo by Jack Hems for The Store X, 180 The Strand

Filmed by: Pawel Ptak, Luis Munoz, Kamil Dymek
Edited by: Pawel Ptak

Music used:

Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper – Soundtrack Score – James William Blades & Kahlil Joseph, 2017
Source: Soundcloud

Ragnar Kjartansson with the National – A Lot of Sorrow, 2013–14
Source: Vimeo

List of works featured:

Camille Henrot
Grosse Fatigue, 2013
Courtesy the artist, Silex Films, and kamel mennour, Paris

Ed Atkins
Happy Birthday!!, 2014

Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London

Pipilotti Rist
4th Floor To Mildness, 2016

Music and text by Soap&Skin/Anja Plaschg, courtesy Flora Musikverlag and [PIAS] Recordings.
Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine, New York 
Supported by kvadrat and Top Carpet.

Cheng Ran
Diary of a Madman (The Bridge), 2016
Diary of a Madman (Circadian Rhythm), 2016
Diary of a Madman (The Mad Man), 2016
Diary of a Madman (The Self-Portrait), 2016
Diary of a Madman (The Water Tower), 2016
Diary of a Madman (The Wreck), 2016

All works courtesy the artist, K11 Art Foundation, and Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing and Lucerne.

Kahlil Joseph
Fly Paper, 2017

Courtesy the artist.

Klara Lidén
Der Mythos des Fortschritts (Moonwalk)
[The Myth of Progress (Moonwalk)]
, 2008
Courtesy the artist; Galerie Neu, Berlin; and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Wong Ping
Jungle of Desire, 2015

Courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

Lili Reynaud-Dewar

Courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York/Brussels

Oliver Laric
Untitled, 2014–15
Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Wu Tsang
The Looks, 2015
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi

Daria Martin
Soft Materials, 2004

Courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London

Cally Spooner
Courtesy the artist; gb agency, Paris; and ZERO, Milan

Ryan Trecartin
Item Falls, 2013

Courtesy the artist; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; and Sprüth Magers

Laure Prouvost
Into All That Is Here, 2015

Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

Mounira Al Solh
Now Eat My Script, 2014

Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery

John Akomfrah
Vertigo Sea, 2015

Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films
 and Lisson Gallery

Anri Sala
Three Minutes, 2004
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Maha Maamoun
2026, 2010

Courtesy the artist and Gypsum Gallery, Cairo

Hassan Khan
Jewel, 2010

Original music by the artist
 ©Hassan Khan. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Jonathas de Andrade
O peixe [The Fish], 2016

Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo

Ragnar Kjartansson with the National
A Lot of Sorrow, 2013–14
Original performance occurred at MoMA PS1 as part of Sunday Sessions. Courtesy the artists; Luhring Augustine, New York; and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik