Everything at Once

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4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Channels, 2013
Video installation with sound
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Channels, 2013 Video installation with sound Dimensions variable

After the phenomenal success of last year's audio-visual extravaganza 'The Infinite Mix', 180 The Strand will be playing host to another behemoth of a group show. It'll all be themed around a quote by experimential artist-musician John Cage, who said: 'Nowadays everything happens at once and our souls are conveniently electronic (omniattentive)." Which, okay, doesn't exactly reveal loads. But with folks like psychosexual animators Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg and tricksy conceptualist Ryan Gander involved, we're expecting something pretty grand.

Please note the exhibition will run from October to December, but dates and times are provisional and TBC.

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As the name does suggest – or at least doesn’t disguise it – this show presents different, completely unrelated artworks from various artists. That means you get a bit of everything, some interesting, captivating or touching art, and a lot of unexciting work, or the plain ‘is this even art’?

Worth mentioning is hypnotic Susan Hiller’s Channels and, in a lesser degree, Tatsuo Miyajima’s Time Waterfall. The curious Breath (Shirazeh Houshiary) and Tony Cragg’s Minster also called my attention, but the most touching work in the building is not part of this exhibition: Arthur Jaffas’s video installation is worth the visit alone.

Underwhelming and lacks the power of the Infinite Mix. A few great pieces, a lot of a filler and way too many people using the whole place as a giant selfie studio. I know Time Out like to bang on about how Instagrammable everything is, but spare a thought for people who actually like to experience the art rather than use it as an opportunity to show off on social media. Don't tell me to move out of the way, because your narcissism is less important than the art. Rant over.


Everything at once was an incredibly intense exhibition that really got me thinking about my senses. I felt a mixture of things including stress, peace and anxiety. From light displays to sculptures this exhibition had a wide range of different art pieces to get you thinking. I loved the first room you walk into where you're asked to remove your shoes and take in the space of intense black and white patterns on the floor carried by music. You lose a sense of yourself by your auditory and sight senses being heightened. It made me feel peculiar but not negative and I think this was the point of the exhibition, to explore a new side of yourself through enhancing your senses. On the flip side some of it I thought was dreadful including a room with a video of a woman screaming. I found this part disturbing and uncomfortable, but maybe that was the point? It's a huge exhibition and there is much to praise here, I would encourage going to see what side of yourself it brings out. 


Everything at Once at 180 Strand is a brilliant pop-up art exhibition in central London.

Only a mere minute walk away from Somerset House and spread over 3 floors, it’s a behemoth of a gallery exhibition where some installations stretch as far as an entire hall. It’s a multi-sensory extravaganza. Some installations are in very dark rooms, some emit hypnotic sounds to lull you into an out-of-body state. There’s more to this art-exhibition that just staring at abstract painting and sculptures.

All housed in an industrial chic building, it’s exposed brick walls and ceilings give the venue the “Shoreditch” look. In many ways, it’s similar to the Tate Modern but, in my opinion, a bit better because of the multi-sensory experience you feel. 

The best part of all? It’s free.

It’s open from Tuesday - Sunday and well worth your time and I highly recommend visiting.


My favourite exhibition of the year so far. A wide variety of video installation, sculpture and immersive theatre. It's a real eclectic mix of pieces The space is perfect for an art gallery and it's huge. We were there 3 hours and it was free.

My favourite was the Japanese artist at the front at Ai Wei Wei.

The cafe is lovely with loads of plants and a fab view of London.

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Everything at Once is a truely excellent retrospective of work from the Lisson Gallery. There is such a wide breadth of work that it must be impossible not to find something to your fancy. On the ground floor, before you wind through the rest of the exhibition, is the eplileptic fit-inducing test pattern [N°12] by Ryoji Ikeda. Then there is Anish Kapoor's At the Edge of the World II, recordings of past performances by Marina Abramovic, and work by the likes of Susan Hiller, Julian Opie and Rodney Graham.

On top of all that, it's free, so there is no excuse for you not to go and see it - highly recommended!

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Not quite as breath-taking as The Infinite Mix, but that show had the surprise of the space too. This show is more varied, and has some definite highlights, including the mind-melding dark matter 'bell' by Anish Kapoor, a brilliant new work by Richard Long, and a thoughtful installation by Shirazeh Houshiary that makes you realise, in case you didn't, that humans of differing religions (and none) have more in common than we thought. Check out the movie on the roof too!