Go See: The Store X Vinyl Factory

Kirsty Gentle

Insights Editor

2016’s hot new temporary arts space is back with a new series of new collaborations.

Remember Rory’s Go See review of ‘The Infinite Mix’ at Store Studios? Well this pop-up venue isn’t going anywhere right now. It’s the go to place for blockbuster shows and a carefully selected series of collaborations with top artists and designers and London galleries.

Here’s some tips on what to look out this year’s ‘The Store X Vinyl Factory’ series including some very special art installations and a celebration of some of the best loved contemporary artists.


Ruin: Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly

Credit: Ruin, installation shot, Photograph, Jack Hem.
Back in 1982 interior and graphic designer Ben Kelly turned a former yachting showroom into the Hacienda, Manchester’s infamous nightclub. Home to Factory Records, it was famous for launching the whole Manchester music scene. So what happens when you pair Ben with Virgil Abloh, a designer who dabbles in architecture, fashion and more? You get ‘Ruin’- an installation that conjures up memories of disco culture and references the history of dance music. Colour palettes inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s night clubs as well as lights and objects rescued from forgotten venues give you a hint of these past music scenes.
Free: ‘Ruin’- Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly

Everything At Once, in partnership with Lisson Gallery

Credit: Susan-Hiller-Channels, 2013, Video installation with-sound. Dimensions variable. Photo by Oh Dancy © Susan Hiller, courtesy Lisson Gallery.
The Lisson Gallery turns 50 this year. To celebrate it’s curated a show featuring some it’s most high profile and emerging international artists from across the disciplines of installation, painting, sculpture, performance and sound. The title and theme of this group show is inspired by today’s world of ‘ceaseless communication’ and ‘an uncertain future’. There’s lots of large-scale sculptures by the masters such as Anish Kapoor and Dan Graham. You’ll also find some though provoking screen and sound based work by games design obsessive Cory Angel, sound artist Haroon Mirza as well as female trail-blazer Susan Hillier.
Free: ‘Everything At Once’, in partnership with Lisson Gallery

Ryoji Ikeda: test pattern [N°12]

Credit: Credit: Installation shot, test pattern [N°12].
Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese composer, sonic and visual artist. His work takes you to the edge of your senses and Test Pattern [N°12] is a perfect example of this. If you’re coming expecting some familiar tunes you may be disappointed, his work isn’t necessarily musical! What you get is a totally immersive experience where the world has turned to black and white and you feel like you’re part of Ikeda’s alternative beat. What’s behind this captivating but slightly unnerving work? Ikeda uses computer programming to turn data from music, text, photo and video into real-time synchronized sound waveforms and visuals.
Free: Ryoji Ikeda – test pattern [N°12]
The Store X Vinyl Factory
Until 10 December 2018
Ryoji Ikeda’s installation is open until 14 December 2018
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-7pm, and Sundays 12pm-6pm

Store Studios
180 The Strand
Store Studios,
180 The Strand,
London, WC2R 1EA

Advisory note: the Store X Vinyl Factory also feature works by Arthur Jafa and Jeremy Shaw. These artworks and some featured in ‘Everything at Once’ deal with themes of an adult nature.