The Store X and the New Museum have announced twenty one artists that will be featured in their collaborative show Strange Days: Memories of the Future, opening at The Store X, 180 The Strand, on 2 October. This group exhibition presents a host of video works by artists previously exhibited at the New Museum, blending images and sound. Through polyphonic, dreamlike compositions, the video works in Strange Days explore the relationship between image and memory.
Strange Days is the third significant commission by The Store X, which provides a platform for presenting ideas and culture, with its curatorial partner The Vinyl Factory. Prior to its current collaboration with the New Museum—an institution dedicated to contemporary art—The Store X has partnered with London’s Hayward Gallery and Lisson Gallery to create highly acclaimed exhibitions. The strong turn out for past commissions makes The Store X’s upcoming project a much anticipated show during London’s annual Frieze Week.
Alex Eagle, Creative Director of The Store X, comments on how Strange Days stems from the ethos of the London space: “The exhibition challenges the audience whilst also being representative of our vision for The Store X, where we see ourselves very much as a cultural platform—presenting ideas and enabling creative and cultural exploration through experiences in our spaces that transcend the corners of art, music, fashion, design, food, and media.”
Highlights of the exhibition include Kahlil Joseph’s portrait of black cultural life in Harlem Fly Paper; John Akomfrah’s three-screen exploration of the ocean Vertigo Sea; and Camille Henrot’s layered story of creation Grosse Fatigue. The exhibition will also present Pipilotti Rist’s video and sound installation 4th Floor To Mildness. When installed in the New Museum, Rist’s interactive piece covered the entirety of the New Museum’s fourth floor gallery with beds, encouraging visitors to lay out and watch videos projected on the ceiling above.
The New Museum’s Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni is charged with curating Strange Days. Speaking on the upcoming exhibition Gioni states: “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.”
The exhibit will feature video works by influential contemporary British artist Ed Atkins, known for his video art and poetry. Strange Days will also showcase work by French artist Laure Prouvost, whose filmmaking and installation practice demonstrates our humorous self-awareness. You’ll also encounter American artist Ryan Trecartin, a visionary video-artist whose work is highly chaotic and experimental. Filmmaker Wu Tsang is an apt addition to this group of creatives; often concerned with the queer and trans community, Tsang’s work delves into the liminal spaces, rejecting oversimplified and restrictive definitions of identity.
Opening on 2 October and on display until 9 December, this major group exhibition will offer an exciting platform for discussion. The full programme for Strange Days includes the following artists: 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, and Wu Tsang.
Words by Olivia Williams | Feature image: Jonathas de Andrade, O peixe [The Fish], 2016 (still). Courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo