February 14th and 17th Richard Russell and Toby Ziegler will present a major site-specific music and art installation on two floors of the abandoned Savoy cinema in Dalston, east London. Russell and Ziegler have been friends since 2000 but this is their first collaboration.
Upstairs in the cavernous vaulted auditorium Ziegler will show a new three screen video work centring around tracks by Everything Is Recorded, Ziegler’s work collages thousands of stock images, alongside live webcam footage and computer generated landscapes.
Downstairs Ziegler will show an immersive sculptural installation that functions as a stage on which Richard Russell and a variety of Everything Is Recorded collaborators will prepare and rehearse, culminating in Everything Is Recorded’s first ever live performance on 15th February.
The show will feature Sampha, Ibeyi, Warren Ellis, Obongjayar, Rachel Zeffira, Infinite and more. In addition to experiencing the exhibition and live shows, there will also be the opportunity to attend open live rehearsals at various points during the week.
The Savoy cinema was located in an Art Deco building which has been largely unused since the mid-1990’s. This project will occupy the space for a week prior to the start of its renovation and reincarnation as The Hackney Arts Centre, a major new performing arts venue for East London opening late 2018. Hackney Arts Centre is located at 11 – 17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH.
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell features an eclectic international and inter-generational cast of collaborators and musicians who include (in order of appearance on the album) Sampha, Obongjayar, Kamasi Washington, Damon Albarn, Giggs, Ibeyi, Wiki, Syd, Rachel Zeffira, Infinite, Green Gartside, Peter Gabriel and Owen Pallett. The twelve track album features previous singles ‘Close But Not Quite (feat. Sampha)’, ‘Mountains Of Gold (feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki and Kamasi Washington)’ and ‘Show Love (feat. Syd and Sampha)’.
Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell was recorded at Russell’s west London studio, The Copper House. Over the past couple of years, the studio became a creative second home for the revolving cast of both new and established artists who passed through to write, record and share ideas, mixing traditional recording sessions with extended, uninhibited live jams. With Russell at the production helm, a spirit of soundsystem-inspired collaboration and experimentation runs through the heart of an album that is born out of some spontaneous moments of togetherness and periods of intense personal reflection for its creator, and is at once soulful, timeless and modern.
Toby Ziegler was born in 1972 and lives and works in London, UK. His work has been shown extensively internationally and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK (2017); Simon Lee Gallery London, UK (2016); The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2014); Old Burlington Car Park, London, UK (2012); Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK which travelled to Sarisalvo, Finland, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2011-2012). Major institutional group shows include me Collectors Room Berlin, Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2016); Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan which travelled to Itami City Museum of Art, Itami, Japan, Kochi Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan, and Okayama Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan (2015); Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia (2013); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2010); The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2009-2010); Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2008); Tate Britain, London, UK (2007).
His work is part of major private and public collections including The Arts Council of England; The British Council; Tate Britain; Saatchi Gallery; François Pinault Foundation; Zabludowicz Collection; Goss-Michael Foundation; Kadist Art Foundation; British Airways Collection; Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art and Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania.