Published on : Wednesday, August 29, 2018
This September, King’s Cross delves into the spaces where digital innovations and the physical world overlap with the launch of ELECTROANALOGUE at the Coal Office – Tom Dixon’s new headquarters. In collaboration with friends and partners Bill Amberg Studio, Teenage Engineering, Ege carpets, Spiritland, Formica and Kirkby Design, ELECTROANALOGUE will explore the impact of digital technology through a diverse range of installations and events. The Coal Office will become a creative hub, stimulating the senses through interactive experiences in sight, sound and touch.
During LDF, The Coal Office’s Gallery on the ground floor will showcase HYPER REAL, an exhibition exploring the digital manipulation of materiality. Leather specialists Bill Amberg Studio have collaborated with Tom Dixon, Faye Toogood, Timorous Beasties and US-based interior designers Alexandra Champalimaud and Natasha Baradaran to develop individual designs, which have been digitally printed on cow hides. Each 5 square metre print will be on display and the Bill Amberg team will demonstrate live upholstery sessions on Tom Dixon furniture throughout the week.
Also included in the HYPER REAL exhibition are:
• Ege carpets – Partnering with the Danish company, Tom Dixon has created a series of hyper-realistic prints, which have been digitally reproduced into Ege carpets.
• Formica – Using Formica’s Compact material, Tom Dixon have produced abstract prints and applied them to a dual-sided laminate to develop a cabinet and desking system.
• Kirkby Design – A series of six graphic fabric designs developed by Kirkby Design and designed by Tom Dixon. The designs feature abstract patterns and textures and will be hung, draped and upholstered in a kinetic installation in the Gallery.
ELECTROANALOGUE will continue down into the depths of the Coal Office arches, where Teenage Engineering will transform the last arch into a 1970’s discotheque to launch their new OP-Z synthesizer. Formerly the debaucherous The Cross nightclub, Tom Dixon is bringing the history of the Coal Office into the present and making it a sound destination again. In collaboration with King’s Cross music venue Spiritland, an elaborate sound system will wreak havoc with the acoustics and pump music throughout the arches. Synthesizers, horns and speakers will animate the Coal Office under the creative direction of Spiritland and Teenage Engineering.
Last but not least, the Factory at the entrance of the Shop will be converted into an electronics assembly line where digital ideas can be tested out and prototypes created. Visitors are invited to create small rechargeable table lamps made with bits of printed circuit board and soldered together. The intention is to discover the inner workings of a mechanism, with deconstruction just as important as the process of construction.
ELECTROANALOGUE is free and open to the public from September 15 to 23, 2018. The exhibition is supported by Coal Drops Yard, the new shopping and lifestyle district in London’s King’s Cross, which opens on October 26, 2018.
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