Island Life Exhibition
Friday 22nd May to Wednesday 17th June
Vinyl Factory, Phonica Records, Poland Street, London.
Open 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday (12noon-6pm on 25th May, 11am-5pm 5th June)
Entry is free – just turn up.
The “Island Life” Exhibition forms part of the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Island Records. “Island Life” is a major exhibition of over 800 images and artifacts associated with or generated by Island Records since its first record release in 1959, and will be held at London’s Soho for one month from Friday 22nd May 2009 until Wednesday 17th June.
‘Island Life will be completely in-your-face, a floor-to-ceiling firework display that celebrates the triumphs and successes of Island Records,’ says its curator, the photographer Adrian Boot, who has worked in collaboration with Mark Painter, Ruth Parrish and Christine Atkins
Located at The Vinyl Factory Gallery, at Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street, London W1F 7RJ, Island Life will present an unparalleled visual experience. It is open 11am -8pm Monday to Saturday.
The Vinyl Factory Gallery itself is a hidden gem, found beneath Phonica Records which itself is an institution: its buzzing Soho store is at the heart of London's vibrant music-loving community.
The 6,000 square feet gallery will be divided into two individual sections. Through twelve separate zones, the first part tells the Island story. These zones include: Out of Jamaica, the Pink label, Season of the Witch, Glitterball, Roots-rock Reggae, Singular Voices, and The New Millennium. Each zone will also feature a specific visual film to be shown on Samsung Screens.
This first room consists of largescale, laminated panels of artwork, graphics and photography that mirror the course of Island, always the most stylish of all record labels. In addition to work by Adrian Boot, other photographers featured include Jean-Paul Goude, Anton Corbijn, Gered Mankowitz, Keith Morris, and Brian Cooke. There will be the opportunity to purchase prints of some of these iconic images on site.
The second room will house the Island Café and will also feature a museum of Island artefacts and memorabilia, a testament of popular culture associated with Island Records. Island films and programmes will also be shown on a Samsung Video Wall
With U2’s Trabant employed as a centre-piece of this room, the visitor will revel in the space’s iconic and intimate items, donated from the personal archives of key artists. These include Nick Drake’s guitar, the dress worn by Amy Winehouse for her 2008 Grammy Awards performance, handwritten lyrics, personal notes and even the passport applications made out by Bob Marley and the Wailers back in the 1970’s.
And for the first time in the UK, a touch-screen Microsoft table will be exhibited. Microsoft Surface marks the beginning of a new technology category and a user-interface revolution. Surface provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to access music, film and other content in the most exciting and innovative way possible in 2009.
The exhibition will also contain the most up-to-date manner of purchasing music and content through 6 HMV Sales Kiosks, currently only found in select interactive HMV stores. These kiosks offer a download functionality to instantly transfer MP3 tracks on to a portable media device. If you forget your USB you can buy one at the exhibition….alongside other Island merchandise
At the Island Life exhibition at The Vinyl Factory Gallery there will be surprise acoustic performances from significant Island artists.
Here are some pictures from the exhibition: