Kahlil Joseph, John Akomfrah, and Pipilotti Rist lead new London exhibition Strange Days: Memories of the Future





An immersive, polyphonic show at 180 The Strand, by The Store X Vinyl Factory and NYC’s New Museum

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

The Store X The Vinyl Factory and the New Museum have announced the twenty-one artists featured in forthcoming exhibition Strange Days: Memories of the Future.

Read more: The Store X The Vinyl Factory presents collaborative New Museum exhibition Strange Days: Memories of the Future

Curated with Massimiliano Gioni – Edlis Neeson Artistic Director at New York’s New Museum – and The Vinyl Factory, Strange Days showcases audio-visual works from its Bowery location over the past decade.

Strange Days will consider how images shape memories while anticipating visions of what the future may hold,” explains The Store X. “Weaving together reportage and lyricism, the works on view blend images and sound into dreamlike compositions.”

Featured works include Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper (2017) – a deeply personal portrait of black cultural life in Harlem, which premiered at the New Museum in the fall of 2017 before making its European debut at The Store X Berlin earlier this year; John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea (2015) – an epic three-screen meditation on the ocean as an environmental, cultural, and historical force; Camille Henrot’s Grosse Fatigue (2013), in which a rapid succession and layering of images tells the story of creation; and Pipilotti Rist’s video and sound installation 4th Floor To Mildness (2016), a work that featured prominently in the artist’s celebrated 2016 New Museum exhibition.

Many of the installations will be making their UK debut, including Fly Paper, Vertigo Sea, 4th Floor To Mildness, Jonathas de Andrade’s O Peixe [The Fish] (2016) and Hassan Khan’s Jewel (2010).

Massimiliano Gioni shares, “We are thrilled to show in London some of the artists and works that have shaped and transformed the identity of the New Museum in the past ten years, since we moved to our new building on the Bowery. And it’s great to collaborate with The Store X and The Vinyl Factory, who have become such incredible forces in supporting artists in London and beyond.”

Strange Days is the third major exhibition commissioned by The Store X The Vinyl Factory.

In 2016, The Vinyl Factory presented audio-visual show Infinite Mix with the Hayward Gallery, featuring work by Martin Creed, Rachel Rose, Cyprien Gaillard and Kahlil Joseph.

Last year, The Vinyl Factory partnered with Lisson Gallery for multi-disciplinary exhibit Everything at Once, alongside four site-specific installations at its curated space The Store X: Arthur Jafa’s acclaimed Love is the Message, the Message is Death in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries, Ryoji Ikeda’s newly commissioned A/V artwork test pattern [N°12], Jeremy Shaw’s Liminals in collaboration with König Galerie, and Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly’s Ruin.

Strange Days also follows Kahlil Joseph’s 2017 Shadow Play show at the New Museum, featuring his film Fly Paper, co-commissioned by the Vinyl Factory. The film made its European debut at The Store X Berlin’s new exhibition space.

An immersive 20-minute film installation, Fly Paper was inspired by the work of iconic jazz photographer Roy De Carava and his 1955 book The Sweet Flypaper of Life, which he co-authored with Langston Hughes.

Alex Eagle, Creative Director of The Store X shares, “we are huge admirers of the New Museum and are delighted to be partnering with them on Strange Days. Their rich and versatile programme of film and video art resonates with our own commitment to presenting multidisciplinary work, beyond the confines of traditional artistic practices.”

Strange Days: Memories of the Future will run from 2nd October through 9th December at The Store X, 180 The Strand. See the full list of artists below.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 7pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Free entry

Artist List:

John Akomfrah
Jonathas de Andrade
Ed Atkins
Camille Henrot
Kahlil Joseph
Hassan Khan
Ragnar Kjartansson
Oliver Laric
Klara Lidén
Maha Maamoun
Daria Martin
Wong Ping
Laure Prouvost
Cheng Ran
Lili Reynaud-Dewar
Pipilotti Rist
Anri Sala
Mounira Al Solh
Cally Spooner
Ryan Trecartin
Wu Tsang

(Featured image: Pipilotti Rist, Pixelwald (Pixel Forest), 2016.)