A unique creative space and broadcast studios housed in an iconic Brutalist building, Store Studios, 180 The Strand launched in October 2016 with the runaway success of ‘The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video’ exhibition, attracting over 80,000 visitors.
Store Studios is the home of London Fashion Week and has previously hosted exhibitions with Louis Vuitton, Moving Museum and Punchdrunk. The space houses a mix of creative companies including Dazed Media, The Vinyl Factory, The Spaces and FACT magazine.
RYOJI IKEDA 'TEST PATTERN'
A new commission by The Vinyl Factory, Ryoji Ikeda's will immersive audio-visual artwork is an unforgettable experience in which the artist converts data (from music, sound, photo and video) into monochrome binary patterns that are generated in real-time and envelop the viewer in a disorientating, highly-charged kinetic environment.
EVERYTHING AT ONCE
Lisson Gallery and The Vinyl Factory are collaborating on a major off-site show at The Studios, 180 The Strand, from October to December 2017. Featuring historical, recent and ambitious new installations, Everything At Once will showcase work from the likes of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Ryan Gander, Rodney Graham, Susan Hiller, Shirazeh Houshiary, Richard Long and Stanley Whitney (with others yet to be announced). In keeping with The Vinyl Factory’s mission to present immersive audio-visual experiences and boundary-stretching creative collaborations in this mould, Everything At Once will be complemented by a number of ambitious Vinyl Factory commissions.
LOUIS VUITTON x SUPREME
Louis Vuitton's collaboration with Supreme is the standout creative fashion partnership the year and LV has chosen The Store Studios, 180 The Strand to open their pop up store from June 30 to July 31 dedicated to the Autumn-Winter 2017 menswear collection, featuring the Supreme collaboration - a comprehensive voyage through every stylistic facet that comprise New York: then, now, always.
CALL THIS NUMBER
Pirate TV for the Internet age, Call This Number is an underground broadcast of explosive live performances by the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Primal Scream, Dennis Bovell, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and many others. From May 2017, CTN takes over the basement of The Store Studios, 180 The Strand. Piped through The Vinyl Factory Soundystem, the programme of live performances will be streamed online, with line-ups posted on socials.
THE INFINITE MIX
The Vinyl Factory is collaborating with Hayward Gallery for a major video exhibition at The Store, 180 The Strand this September. Featuring 10 powerful audio-visual works by artists including Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Rachel Rose, Cyprien Gaillard and Kendrick Lamar-collaborator Kahlil Joseph, The Infinite Mix will lead visitors on an immersive journey through multi-screen installations, holograms and cinema-style 3D projections. Exploring the role of sound in contemporary video, the exhibition will feature new and reworked music from Kendrick Lamar, Aretha Franklin, Sonic Youth, Jeremy Deller and more, described by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff as both "soulful and audacious", where "all the work raises the hair on the back of your neck". The Infinite Mix: Sound & Image in Contemporary Video opens on 9 September and runs until 11 December at The Store, 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA.
Art Night was a free contemporary arts festival that transformed London for one night on 2 July 2016. Ten international artist’s projects, including six new site-specific commissions, feature in a cross-disciplinary programme of art, architecture, dance, design and music. Produced in collaboration with The Store and The Vinyl Factory, Celia Hempton created a theatre set-like environment combining abstract landscapes and bodies that considered the River Thames as a historical and metaphorical object – one that is ever changing and amorphous in form and gender.
LOUIS VUITTON SERIES 3
Launching during London Fashion Week, September 2015, Louis Vuitton's huge experiential installation will take visitors through a 13-room journey over three floors of 180 The Strand, exploring every step in the creative process that went towards creating this season's collection – from initial product sketches, through to the experiences of the models on the day of the show. The first series was held in Shanghai and Tokyo, the second in LA, Beijing, Seoul and Rome. This installment is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors.
Showcasing 31 of London’s most urgent creative voices over 200 multi-media works during Frieze 2014, The Moving Museum’s ‘Open Heart Surgery’ brought together the capital’s emerging and established art scenes exploring painting, sculpture and live performance featuring artists Celia Hempton, James Capper and Hannah Perry.
Jack White & Punchdrunk
In celebration of his album Lazaretto, Detroit’s prodigal son and restless vinyl ambassador Jack White collaborated with Punchdrunk to transform the basement of 180 The Strand into immersive abandoned hospital where a handful of his super fans experienced a unique, one-off live show.
International Fashion Showcase
Presented by the British Fashion Council and coinciding with London Fashion Week, nearly 30 foreign embassies and cultural institutes based in London showcased the work of more than 120 designers across two floors over 180 The Strand, championing fashion as a cultural expression from across the globe.
Daisy Lowe, Yasmin Le Bon, Miroslava Duma and more were in the front row for Christopher Kane’s Autumn/Winter 2014-15 ready to wear collection at 180 The Strand. “An epic catalogue of work,” said Vogue, where, “ideas just kept on coming. And coming.”
Lazarides & The Vinyl Factory present BRUTAL
A “brutal show in a beautiful building” curated by Steve Lazarides, sixteen artists presented dynamic installations, murals, film, animation, sound and dance interventions in the cavernous space– including Antony Micallef, Doug Foster and Lucy McLauchlan.
A trio of large-scale anamorphic paintings by French photographer Georges Rousse formed the backdrop to Tait’s Spring Summer 2015 collection on the upper floor of 180 The Strand, where the winner of the first LVMH award’s individual aesthetic was writ large, setting him apart from the mainstream fashion houses.
These New Puritans
One of the UK’s most exciting and adventurous young bands, These New Puritans’ interactive installation Magnetic Field captured the public’s imagination, encouraging visitors to interact with the band’s original sounds using a series of sensors to resonate a piano’s strings in order to create startling effects.
“As a backdrop for an exhibition of contemporary art, 180 The Strand, in central London, takes some beating. This bleakly beautiful 1970s building, with fine views across the Thames, is the venue for the Moving Museum, a travelling project that presents pre-eminent works in cities worldwide.”
~ Financial Times
“Christopher Kane’s show was such an epic catalogue of work it was astounding. The ideas just kept on coming, and coming, at property hotspot 180 The Strand, a three and a half acre area that stretches all the way down to the river, currently being developed to house creative industries."
“Last month, Jack White invited his most hardcore fans to the bowels of 180 The Strand, which had been transformed into a treatment clinic by immersive theatre company Punchdrunk. Dressed in a lab coat, White ripped through six classics, as he swayed listlessly into the delirious crowd.”
~ FACT magazine
“The only official British Fashion Council-approved public event of London Fashion Week, the International Fashion Showcase at 180 The Strand brings together the cream of design talent of 30 countries.”
~ Time Out
“Like inventors from the future, transpiring out of thin air in the middle of central London to show off a contraption that makes people's eyes explode with incomprehensible wonder, These New Puritans new exhibition at 180 The Strand shows off the instrument that gave their last album, Field of Reeds, a totally unique sound.”