The Showroom

"Collective Intimacy" Saturday 26 October at 180 The Strand

Join us this weekend for the final Collective Intimacy live programme at our satellite space, 180 The Strand!

Saturday 26 October
180 The Strand (Entrance 2 Surrey Street, WC2R 2ND)

This programme takes place within Theaster Gates's installation Black Image Corporation in collaboration with Prada, The Vinyl Factory and The Store X. Inspired by Gates’s collaborative ethos and The Showroom's commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge, 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.

This is the final event at 180 The Strand, with the programme continuing here at The Showroom on 24 October and 7 & 21 November (Thursday evenings 6pm – 8.30pm).


SATURDAY 26 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, featuring Delia Tesileanu, Music for Architecture – Peter Adjaye & Nabihah Iqbalv

12pm – 2pm An introduction to POCC, a talented community of black and brown creatives, followed by a screening and Q&A from talent within the Collective led by members Kevin Morosky & Tanya Ramsurrun

2pm–3:30pm Project O (a collaboration between Alexandrina Hemsley & Jamila Johnson-Small) present their video Saved (2018)

3.30pm – 4.30pm Artist Beverley Bennett presents and interactive sound and sharing session reflecting on her Simon Says/Dadda collaborative research project with Director Elvira Dyangani Ose

4.30pm – 5.30pm Artist Phoebe Boswell presents The Lighthouse, a live performance soundscape of invited women collectively reading from gathered texts, alongside a screening of Ythlaf (2018)

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 activating Achiampong's Relic Traveller Flag

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.