The Showroom

"Collective Intimacy" Saturday 19 October at 180 The Strand

Join us TODAY for Collective Intimacy - a live programme of talks, screenings & performances

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

This programme takes place within Theaster Gates's installation Black Image Corporation presented by Prada, The Vinyl Factory, and The Showroom. Inspired by Gates’s reactivated spaces in Chicago and his collaborative ethos enabling communities to connect and grow, Collective Intimacy aims to create a new space for people to gather, listen, converse, and contemplate amongst a fusion of art, design, music, and everyday life.


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 and film with founders Chinasa Chukwu & Elvira Vedelago in conversation with one of the muses, Singer Anaïs & Filmmaker Remi Laudat

2pm – 4pm Artist Amartey Golding screens his three Chainmail films in conversation with his mentor Darren Anthony Kane Gayle, dancer Solomon Golding & Assistant 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 & panel

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.

Black Image Corporation presents distinct spaces creating a myriad of possibilities for collective engagements, featuring an installation of Gates’s art objects, furnishings, and new films that capture the methodologies of urban renewal and community activation founding his practice. Pieces from Chicago imbued with powerful histories, uses, and localities resonate with distinctive lounge design from here in London – like a love letter between two cities, under the roof of a new House. 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 global community.