A Sprawling, High-Tech Exhibition Takes Over an Abandoned Office Space in London
Enter the disused office block at 180 The Strand, along one of London’s central arteries, and you’ll currently find 10 audio-visual artworks sprawled across the vast space. Titled “The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Image,” the show explores the electrical foundations of its multi-screen installations, holograms, and 3D video projections. It’s an off-site exhibition from The Hayward Gallery—whose building is currently closed due to a major two-year refurbishment—in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory. Unlike other moving image surveys of this type, which can be monolithic or overtly academic, this one is lively and full of variety.
The Hayward’s Ralph Rugoff, who curated the show, is known for his ambitious, experiential exhibitions. In the past, he’s hosted playful, interactive exhibitions from
Drawing on the formula employed by popular, immersive cinema-cum-theater experiences like Sleep No More, visitors to “Infinite Mix” rove freely around the building in order to find each work. Martin Creed’s Work No. 1701 (2013)—a short film shot from a single camera position, showing a succession of people crossing the same street in New York—is positioned near the entrance to the exhibition. Creed has commented that life can often look like a dance, and akin to much of his other video work, a pop song written and performed by the artist accompanies it. It illustrates the beauty in the infinite variety of motions with which people move through the world.
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The exhibition finishes in the cavernous basement car park with
Expanding beyond linear visual narratives, “The Infinite Mix” encourages a multifaceted way of thinking about the medium of video, as something hybridized, three-dimensional, and in a perpetual state of reinvention. The sensory experience lingers for days after one wanders back out onto the busy thoroughfare of The Strand.