The Showroom
Exhibition

Collective Intimacy – a live programme of events in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory & Prada

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Upcoming events will take place in Theaster Gates's Black Image Corporation at 180 The Strand on the 19th & 26th October (Saturdays 12pm – 7pm), and at The Showroom on the 24th October, 7th & 21st November, and 5th December (Thursday evenings 6pm – 8.30pm).

Black Image Corporation
An installation by Theaster Gates

Featuring Collective Intimacy
A live programme in collaboration with
Prada, The Vinyl Factory and The Showroom, London

Artist Theaster Gates presents a new chapter of Black Image Corporation, a project that explores the visual and cultural representation of contemporary Black identity and material culture, from the legacy of Ebony and Jet magazines in the Johnson Publishing Company’s iconic archives from the artist’s hometown in the South Side of Chicago, to the powerful creative energy currently pulsing through London.

This installation plays host to Collective Intimacy, a live programme inspired by Gates’s ethos of collaboration and The Showroom’s commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge that takes on multiple trans-located narratives of the current Black experience as a point of departure for a cosmopolitan worldview.

Taking place at both 180 The Strand and The Showroom, Collective Intimacy hosts interdisciplinary interventions by artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public, who are all invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness in the spirit of creating a community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SATURDAY 19 October
12pm – 7pm
180 The Strand
(Entrance 2 Surrey Street, WC2R 2ND)

12pm – 3.30pm Live DJ Sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform

12pm – 2pm Cultural Anthology POSTSCRIPT & Friends on Narratives of the Black Experience through print, film and conversation with founders Chinasa Chukwu & Elvira Vedelago

2pm – 4pm Artist Amartey Golding screens his three Chainmail films with a live conversation of family and friends including dancer Solomon Golding & curator Katherine Finerty

4pm – 5pm Artists Larry Amponsah & Andrew Hart present Led in Strange Ways, a performance with music improvisation, public interaction and conversation. A new take on Jazz and Afro beats is brought further to life with conceptual fashion designs by Ten Motiwa

5pm – 6pm Poet & Musician James Massiah presents a new performance, Purgatory

6pm – 7pm Singer Bumi Thomas presents Border Native, a live music performance

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THURSDAY 24 October
12pm – 7pm
The Showroom
(63 Penfold Street, NW8 8PQ)

Artists announced soon

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SATURDAY 26 October 12pm – 7pm
12pm – 7pm
180 The Strand
(Entrance 2 Surrey Street, WC2R 2ND)

12pm – 3.30pm Live DJ Sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform

12pm – 1.30pm An introduction to POCC, a talented community of black and brown creatives, followed by screenings and Q&A from talent within the Collective

3.30pm – 4.30pm Artist Beverley Bennett presents and interactive sound and sharing session with Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose

4.30pm – 5.30pm Artist Phoebe Boswell presents The Lighthouse, a live performance soundscape of invited women collectively reading from their existing texts

5.30pm – 7pm Artist Larry Achiampong screens Sunday's Best (2016) and invites artist Phoebe Collings-James for a sound session alongside a performance by Christian Bravo and James Jordan Johnson with Achiampong's Relic Traveller Flag

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PAST EVENTS

SATURDAY 12 October 12pm – 7pm
180 The Strand

12pm – 3.30pm Live DJ Sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform

1pm – 3pm Guest DJ Anthony Joseph

4.30pm – 7pm Artist & Producer Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf presents Sospiro, an immersive participatory performance on breathing and vocalisation with violinist Blaize Henry and sopranos Julia Daramy-Williams and Jacqueline Yu.

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THURSDAY 10 October 6pm – 8.30pm
The Showroom

Phoebe Boswell's Mothering Memory, a special immersive reading experiment / experience, where the artist will be joined by her mother Joyce Boswell to navigate childhood narratives, shared histories, Black womanhood, freedom dreams and the space between.

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SATURDAY 5 October 12pm – 7pm
180 The Strand

12pm – 5pm Live DJ Sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform

5pm – 7pm Music Collective BANTUTRONIC presents an evening of poetry, music & conversation with Poet Julianknxx and Musician Thabo hosted by Cultural Producer Harris Elliot

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FRIDAY 4 October 12pm – 7pm
180 The Strand

12pm – 5pm Live DJ sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform

2.30pm – 3pm Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu hosts a sound session with The Vinyl Factory Live Radio Show

3pm – 5 Artist Collective Sxwks presents an afternoon of music and poetry with Julianknxx, Caleb Femi, Darius McFarlane and DG Leanne George hosted by Presenter Swarzy Macaly

6.30pm – 7pm Artist Zinzi Minott presents In Movement II, a dance and film based performance and installation conversation alongside a sound set by Filmmaker & DJ Rabz Lansiquot and her new video work Where Did We Land (2019)

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THURSDAY 3 October 10pm – 2am
180 The Strand

All Day Live DJ sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform with Dublate Pearl, Wu-Lu, Elijah, Debonair, Channel One Sound System, Zezi Ifore and James Massiah

12:30pm –2pm Artist Tremaine Emory presents an installation of his piece A Proper Burial Finally, Thanks America! alongside a conversation with Artist Theaster Gates and Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose

2 pm–2:30pm Designer Dozie Kanu in conversation with curator Elvira Dyangani Ose

2:30pm –3pm Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu hosts a sound session with The Vinyl Factory Live Radio Show

3pm –4:30pm Artist Amartey Golding screens Chainmail 1 (2016) in conversation with Dancer Solomon Golding & Curator Katherine Finerty

3:30pm – 4pm Poet Belinda Zhawi, as Ma. Moyo, presents South X South East – a poetry and sound set

4pm –5:30pm Artist Phoebe Boswell presents The Lighthouse, an immersive live performance of invited women collectively reading, including Zoé Whitley, Rianna Jade Parker, Jade Jackman, Alexandria Smith, Liv Wynter, Buitumelo Mushekwa, Natalie Nzeyimana, Jade Monserrat, Rasheeda Namuloso, Amahra Spence and Claudette Johnson

5:30pm–6:30pm Project O (a collaboration between Alexandrina Hemsley & Jamila Johnson-Small) present their video Saved (2018)

6:30pm–7pm Performance by Poet Inua Ellams

7pm–7:30pm Live performance by Steel Pan Band New Generation

9pm Live performance by Channel One Sound System

10pm Live performance by Jojo Abot and Bumi Thomas

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WEDNESDAY 2 October
180 The Strand

All Day Live DJ Sets by The Vinyl Factory Radio, The World’s First Vinyl Only Broadcast Platform with DJ Flight, Jay, Kwake Bass / Dem 1ns, Raj Chaudhari, Shy One and Josey Rebelle

11:30am –12:30pm Designers Grace Wales Bonner & Samuel Ross in Conversation with Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose

12:30pm –2:30pm Designer Rose Nordin presents OOMK’s collaborative publishing practice

2:30pm –4pm Curators Rianna Jade Parker & Aurella Yussuf of ‘Thick/Er Black Lines’ with Writer Derica Shields present a screening of Black British Women/Femme Filmmakers (including Ayo Akingbade, Jessica Ashman, Cecile Emeke, Zinzi Minott, Emily Mulenga, Jenn Nkiru and Yero Timi-Biu)

4pm –6pm Poet Julianknxx screens his new film Roots For A Crown (2019) with a talk and performance by Musicians Thabo & Tawiah

6.30pm – 7pm Singer Bumi Thomas presents Border Native, a live music performance

10pm Live performance by Theaster Gates & Friends

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CONTRIBUTORS

Alexander Nut, Alexandria Smith, Alex Rita, Amahra Spence, Amartey Golding, Andrew Ashong, Andrew Hart, Anthony Joseph, Anton Spice, Aurella Yussuf, Ayo Akingbade, BANTUTRONIC, Belinda Zhawi as Ma. Moyo, Beverley Bennett, Blaize Henry, Buitumelo Mushekwa, Bumi Thomas, Caleb Femi, Cecile Emeke, Channel One Sound System, Cherrie Flava, Chinasa Chukwu, Christian Bravo, Claudette Johnson, Creole Cuts, Darius Mcfarlane, DEBONAIR, DEM1NS, Derica Shields, DJ Flight, Dozie Kanu, Jay, Dublate Pearl, Elijah, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Elvira Vedelago, Emily Mulenga, Em'kal Eyongakpa, Errol Andreson, Gabriela Helfet, Grace Wales Bonner, Harris Elliot, Helen Cammock, Inua Ellams, Jacqueline Yu, Jade Jackman, Jade Monserrat, James Jordan Johnson, James Massiah, Jenn Nkiru, Jessica Ashman, Jojo Abot, Josey Rebelle, Joyce Boswell, Julia Daramy-Williams, Julianknxx, Katherine Finerty, Kwake Bass, Larry Achiampong, Larry Amponsah, Leanne George, Leo Asemota, Liv Wynter, Maxwell Owin, Nástio Mosquito, Natalie Nzeyimana, Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf, New Generation, Norsicaa, OOMK, Phoebe Boswell, Phoebe Collings-James, POCC, POSTSCRIPT, Project O (a collaboration between Alexandrina Hemsley & Jamila Johnson-Small), Rabz Lansiquot, Rago Foot, Raji Rags, Rasheeda Namuloso, Rose Nordin, Rianna Jade Parker, Samuel Ross, Shy One, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Solomon Golding, Swarzy Macaly, Sxwks, Tawiah, Thabo, Theaster Gates, Thick/er Black Lines, Tremaine Emory, Wu-Lu, Yero Timi-Biu, Zinzi Minott, Zezi Ifore, Zoé Whitley, and more.

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The Collective Intimacy live programme is curated by The Showroom’s Director Elvira Dyangani Ose with Assistant Curator Katherine Finerty, supported by Development Officer Raúl Muñoz de la Vega.

Images: Prada © Henry Woide