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180 The Strand

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Time Out says

This Brutalist gem in the centre of London is home to a collection of gallery spaces, offices and studios. The concrete palace rebranded in spring 2016 and it’s currently where you’ll find The Vinyl Factory, The Store X, Charcoalblue, Dazed Media, The Spaces and FACT Magazine. Head here for some of the freshest, sexiest and best contemporary art and fashion events in the city. Past hits include 2016’s The Infinite Mix, an immersive maze of video installations and holograms co-curated by The Vinyl Factory and Hayward Gallery.  


180 The Strand
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Tube: Temple / Holborn
Opening hours:
Tue-Sat 12am-8pm, Sun 12am-7pm; opening times varying depending on exhibition, check event details.
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Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre

  • 4 out of 5 stars

It can’t be pleasant being Richard Mosse. The Irish photographer has spent his career documenting the ravages of war and the pain of migration, and now he’s turned his high tech scientific imaging cameras on the devastation of the Amazon. Can’t be a lot of laughs in his life.  The main film here is pure sensory overload, and it is very, very unpleasant. A huge long screen shows images of rivers being pumped full of filth and machinery churning along forest paths. Infrared cameras capture root systems and insects down on the forest floor in hypercolour, psychedelic high definition. Men slice through trees, birds wade along riverbanks, all in solemn black and white. One horribly long sequence shows a meat processing plant, just endless guts and gore. There are shots of gold miners, illegal loggers, cattle farms. It’s truly horrible, truly shameful. 70 minutes of genuine discomfort that I don’t think anyone can sit through. The sound pounds you relentlessly with deep, chest-rattling bass. Less good are the photos themselves, shown before you get to the film. Outside of the context of the film, with its constant stream of twisting, stomach-turning imagery, the isolated photos are just too pretty, the punch of meaning just coming too late after initial viewing to have anything like the same impact. But that film, damn. It shows the Amazon as a devastated, barren, singed place. And all because of our insatiable greed, nothing else. The film flicks between stark monochrome and deep

‘Wonder of Friendship: The Experience’

Take a trip through Disney history as the animation/theme park/kids’ entertainment behemoth celebrates 100 years of mice, belles and snowmen with a major new immersive exhibition. ‘Wonder of Friendship: The Experience’ will be a journey through the friendships of Disney’s best-loved characters, taking place in the surprising environs of brutalist former office block 180 The Strand. It will feature 1,000 square metres of installations all themed around ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Lilo & Stitch’, ‘The Lion King’ and Mickey and Friends. Visitors will be able to trip down Alice's rabbit hole, smell the scents of Lilo & Stitch’s Ohana Bay, and dance with Donald and Goofy. 

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