© Es Devlin – Atlas of Es Devlin, Manchester (2023)

Housed in a Brutalist landmark structure built in London in the 1970s by Sir Frederick Gibbert, 180 Studios is an emerging cultural hub of the city’s flourishing creative community. Throughout its network of exhibition spaces, the venue stages a rotation of shows which showcase the abundance of talent in many forms, but it also supports new and emerging artistic talent and has commissioned new works by innovative artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Caterina Barbieri and Universal Everything. Opening on Thu – May 23 is The Vinyl Factory — Reverb, a major multimedia exhibition exploring the intersection of art and sound. In the largest show of its kind, independent music and arts enterprise The Vinyl Factory will bring together over 100 artists and musicians working across mediums including visual arts, music, film and live performance.

The show will feature new site-specific audio-visual installations and sonic experiences, all commissioned by The Vinyl Factory, from artists including Theaster Gates, Es Devlin, Julianknxx and Caterina Barbieri with U.K. premieres of artworks by Kahlil Joseph, Stan Douglas, Virgil Abloh and Cecilia Bengolea, and installations by Jeremy Deller, William Kentridge, Jenn Nkiru, Hito Steyerl, Carsten Nicolai and Gabriel Moses. The Hi-Fi Listening Room Dream No.1 installation, created by and programmed with New York City-based artist Devon Turnbull, sees a meditative space within the exhibition to listen to vinyl with an evolving programme of unheard music, including exclusive test pressings and studio outtakes. And that’s not all.

A wide-ranging programme of live performances and talks will also sit alongside the exhibition. A new work by Theaster Gates, entitled Amplified, will exist as a sonic installation during the day and transform into a space that hosts live gigs by night, with shows by established and emerging musicians recorded and pressed direct-to-disc on The Vinyl Factory lathe. No less than 100 vinyl records created by artists and released by The Vinyl Factory will also be on display in a new space created by acclaimed designer Ben Kelly. These include releases by Nan Goldin, Arthur Jafa, Pipilotti Rist, William Kentridge, Mica Levi, Marina Abramović, Grace Jones, Yussef Dayes, Es Devlin, Fred Again, Thom Yorke, Ragnar Kjartansson, Massive Attack, Pet Shop Boys, Maurizio Cattelan, Daft Punk, The xx, Rachel Rose, Kojey Radical, Taryn Simon and many more. © superfuture

180 Studios
180 The Strand
London WC2R 1EA
Wed-Sun 10am-7pm

© 180 Studios / Works by Devon Turnbull, Hito Steyerl, Virgil Abloh and Kahlil Joseph (top to bottom)