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This autumn, an impressive line-up of immersive art installations will transform London’s exhibition spaces – and even one of its bridges. Within an increasingly fragmented society, multimedia installations serve as ‘places for communal gatherings…where a melting of knowledge and feelings occurs,’ says Pipilotti Rist, whose psychedelic work 4th Floor To Mildness will envelop visitors at Strange Days: Memories of the Future, an exhibition at The Store X opening on 2 October. These multi-sensory shows promise to challenge and enhance our world-view, proving the transcendental capacities of contemporary art.
Do Ho Suh installation, Sculpture in the City
The South Korean artist is well known for his contemplative and ghostly architectural installations that reference his own life and upbringing. With Bridging Home, London, commissioned by Art Night and Sculpture in the City, Do Ho Suh has conjured a replica of his childhood home and bamboo garden that appears to have been dropped on the buzzing Wormwood Bridge near Liverpool Street.
Strange Days at 180 The Strand
Since the epic revitalisation of 180 The Strand a couple years back, when the old Brutalist behemoth hosted The Infinite Mix, the building has been a staple on everyone’s autumnal art list. This year, Strange Days: Memories of the Future, curated by the New Museum and The Vinyl Factory, will host the long-awaited UK premiere of celebrated film installations by Khalil Joseph, Pipilotti Rist, Ragnar Kjartansson and our book collaborator John Akomfrah, among other artists working in video. The immersive art installations will weave together images, sound and space.
Space Shifters at Hayward Gallery
Another refurbished Brutalist relic, the Hayward Gallery will host Space Shifters this autumn: a jam-packed show of 20 artists working with principles of light and space. Including California minimalists like Larry Bell, alongside Yayoi Kusama and Anish Kapoor, as well as younger artists like Alicja Kawade, the mix is perfectly suited to the rugged yet minimalist interiors of the gallery.
Elmgreen & Dragset at Whitechapel Gallery
Eternal provocateurs Elmgreen & Dragset will transform Whitechapel Gallery with their surreal, spatially-charged sculptural installations this autumn. Best known for showstoppers like Prada Marfa and Death of a Collector, the duo have developed a new large-scale installation that tackles the timely topic of civic space. It will appear alongside their typically expressive figurative sculptures at Whitechapel.
Andrea Galvani at Frieze
Frieze London isn’t all white booths and big pound signs; Andrea Galvani’s new project, featured in Frieze’s experimental Focus section, will be an oasis of deep thinking amid all the cacophony of the art fair. This London art installation is the result of intensive collaboration with scientists, and reflects the artist’s interests in cosmology, invisibility, human consciousness, and (appropriately) chaos.
Tania Bruguera, Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern
This year, the Cuban performance and installation artist Tania Bruguera will populate Tate Modern‘s cavernous turbine hall for the annual Hyundai Museum. With recent precedents including Superflex’s giant swings to Philippe Parreno‘s bobbing fish balloons, Bruguera—who is known for her politically-engaged and activist approach—will add some critical weight to the commission.
Hannah Perry at Somerset House
Hannah Perry is a rising star in the international art scene, producing immersive multimedia installations that respond to the anxieties of the digital age. At Somerset House, where the artist recently completed a residency, Perry will reveal a poetic and personal reflection on emotional and mental health within our current age of hyper-connectivity.
Pierre Huyghe at Serpentine Galleries
Pierre Huyghe,Courtesy of the artist and Serpentine Galleries; (c) Kamitani Lab / Kyoto University and ATR The French artist will transform the Serpentine Galleries into an engineered ecosystem of alternative forms of intelligence and consciousness. Blurring biological processes, psychology, and reproductive science, Huyghe’s immersive London exhibition is a must-see.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan at Chisenhale Gallery
With Earwitness Theatre (2018), Hamdan digs deeper into what the artist refers to as ‘the politics of listening’—or the degree to which which human rights are being heard while certain voices remain silenced. For his solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Hamdan has produced two installations reflecting upon the spatial and psychological components of listening.
Mika Rottenberg at Goldsmiths CCA
Mika Rottenberg’s confounding, psychedelic work combines architectural installation with absurdist video and sculpture to critique global systems of production and the effect of capitalism on the body. Unfurling within the unique space of the new Goldsmiths CCA, designed by the young architecture collective Assemble, Rottenberg’s solo show will transport you to another universe entirely. Mika Rottenberg’s exhibition runs until 4 November at Goldsmiths CCA, St James’, New Cross, SE14 6AD
Heidi Bucher at Parasol Unit
The ‘skinnings’, or haunting large-scale latex casts pulled from the surfaces of buildings by Swiss artist Heidi Bucher, will fill Parasol Unit this autumn, their rich amber hues complementing the seasonal outside as the leaves begin to fall from the trees surrounding the gallery.