It’s the autumn biggie at Kentish Town’s pioneering contemporary art space, which also celebrates a decade on Prince of Wales Road. Is it really that long?
For the new show HRM199, which opens today, London-based artist Haroon Mirza uses electricity as a material with which he orchestrates light, sound and video to produce performances and immersive installations.
“His exhibitions deconstruct ideas of singular authorship by developing wide-ranging collaborations across disciplines to reconsider conventional social and creative structures,” says curator Elizabeth Neilson.
This show re-imagines three major installations alongside a brand new work that together examines the relationships between “matter, consciousness and communication.”
But what does all that actually mean? Well, we popped to the preview last night and can report that each room is a mesmerising cacophony of lights, screens, bleeps, interviews, beats and samples. It’s populist, ambitious and thought-provoking in equal measures. There’s a real political edge, too.
Also opening this week is Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Rebecca Ackroyd, whose work The Root continues her interest in, as she says, “the metaphoric association between body and building”. Its juxtaposition of textures provide a calm retreat after Mirza’s ballsy darkroom pyrotechnics.
So if you haven’t ever been to an exhibition here, it’s probably about time. Right?