The Store X The Vinyl Factory presents the Jefferson Hack curated show TRANSFORMER: A Rebirth of Wonder

The Store X The Vinyl Factory are presenting a new exhibition curated by Jefferson Hack for Frieze Week: TRANSFORMER: A Rebirth of Wonder will be at 180 The Strand

Curated by Jefferson Hack, the exhibition features newly commissioned and debut work by: ?Doug Aitken, Sophia Al-Maria & Victoria Sin, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Donna Huanca, Juliana Huxtable, Evan Ifekoya, Dozie Kanu, Quentin Lacombe, Lawrence Lek, Jenn Nkiru, Chen Wei and? Harley Weir & George Rouy.

TRANSFORMER: A Rebirth of Wonder is the latest in a series of exhibitions supported by The Store X The Vinyl Factory at 180 The Strand, including the critically-acclaimed Strange Days: Memories of the Future, in partnership with New York’s New Museum curated by Massimiliano Gioni (2018), Everything at Once?, in partnership with Lisson Gallery (2017), and The Infinite Mix, in partnership with the Hayward Gallery curated by Ralph Rugoff (2016).

The title of the show is borrowed from American ‘beat’ poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “I Am Waiting” – his celebrated commentary on the problems in American society and the need for a better life, the rebirth of a new wonder. The mood of the poem is a call for a change of consciousness.

Jefferson Hack said:

“The artists in Transformer look deeply into the present and see the future. Each artist is a powerful mediator of their community and culture, using storytelling, poetics, and ritual to author new narratives and expand our field of vision. They are world-makers, inviting us to access altered states of consciousness as we step beyond reality into a series of highly authored, staged environments.”

Transformer welcomes the diversity of voices that come with an exploration of identity, representation and self-image and considers how coming together, sharing, bonding, taking action, building alliances and showing compassion is shaping the future to connect and affect change.

The exhibition will feature the live programme ?Alchemical Realms, a series of performances, talks, workshops and community-based actions by collectives and artists invited by Transformer associate curator Susanna Davies-Crook. The live programme will include Nottingham based Chaos Magic, a new collaborative inquiry by Leah Clements and Sophie Hoyle, and a performance by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. Presented by The Store X, the programme is intended to? support and inspire further discussion, participation and development of the ideas inherent in the exhibition.

TRANSFORMER: A Rebirth of Wonder October 2nd – December 8th 180 The Strand Free Entry

Jefferson Hack (b.1971) is the Co-Founder of Dazed Media, an independent media company renowned for producing award-winning stories across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands. The company’s portfolio includes some of the world’s most influential media brands including AnOther,? ?Another Man, Dazed, D azed Beauty and NOWNESS.

Hack co-founded NOWNESS in 2010, an independent video channel in partnership with LVMH Moe?t Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Hack launched Dazed Beauty in 2018, a next-generation online platform dedicated to redefining the language and communication of beauty.

The Store X The Vinyl Factory
An ongoing collaboration between The Store X and The Vinyl Factory which supports the creation of original, site-specific audio-visual installations by some of today’s most innovative artists, designers, and musicians. These commissions premiere at 180 The Strand, London as well as in partnership with leading institutions and festivals around the world.

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