The Infinite Mix

Hayward GalleryIn collaboration with The Vinyl FactoryBringing together both contemporary sound and image. 
9th September – 4 December 2016

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An audio visual and art based exhibition visiting a wide range of soulful subjects and designs. Exploring the history and culture of the unknown, through both real and staged short films. An exhibition taking us on a journey through 10 inspiring artists and their visions. A series of multi-screen installations, widening how we see moving image and sound as one. 

Featured Artists

Martin CreedStan DouglasUgo RondinoneKahlil JosephJeremy DelterCecilia BengoleaRachel RoseCameron JamieElizabeth PriceDominique Gonzalez-FoersterCyprien Gaillard.

Visiting The Infinite Mix has really expanding my creative thinking. It has taught me about the vast areas of design,  how independent artists have worked on a variety of subjects,  reflecting off of other artists and worldly events.

Some of the visuals were fascinating, exciting, disturbing, and some confusing. Each visual had it’s own room taking you into another dimension, a new world. Stepping through the darkness made the experience fun allowing visitors to experience a new exhibition feel. Below are a series of still images taken from some of the featured visuals. 

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Photographs from The Infinite Mix‘s official website, as recording and photography is not prohibited at this exhibition.

m.A.A.d 

Kahlil Joseph has put together a strong and empowering visual titled m.A.A.d created in 2014. Expressing the lives of those who live in the streets of Compton. Reflecting and featuring music from one of my favourite albums, Kendrick Lamar’s – good kid, m.A.A.d city which was produced and released in 2012. Real home videos shot by one of Lamar’s family members introduces us to Kendrick’s childhood. Street violence and police are featured throughout bringing the visual to life. The snippets of the soundtrack are used to narrate the story of African-American culture and the struggle throughout their community. 

Being a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar’s music I was enticed by the imagery which worked perfectly alongside the soundtrack. Joseph has created a clear, creative short film teaching us about a world we know very little about. The use of two different screens in one room showing two different angles of the story from beginning to end helping us to follow and understand each chapter. 

“We used to know we were stronger than the devil” – Amiri Baraka

Immortal like figures hang upside down from the street lamps, intense screams, gun shots fired and silence all add tension to this sequence causing those watching to want to see more. Close ups of those living in Compton and their eye contact helps viewers to feel all they feel. Seeing the pain and suffering in their eyes caused me to feel some what emotional. Violence, war and inequality is all they know as they continue to stand strong fighting for freedom, protecting themselves from all evil.

Since studying BA Graphic Design I have discovered a very strong interest for Music culture, race and gender equality. Kahlil’s visual has taught me a lot to do with these particular subject areas which will help with my future projects and critical and contextual writing (Dissertation). The Infinite Mix has to be one of my favourite exhibitions this year, if you haven’t been down to visit this particular exhibition I would advise you to do so. In two words I’d describe it as truly inspiring.

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