Toby Ziegler

I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology (group show)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
1 April - 1 October 2017

This exhibition features work by artists made over the last 20 years who have all been influenced by the rapid development of technology. The approach of each of the 26 artists and collectives to their practice is different, resulting in a rich and contrasting view of the world and the culture that surrounds us.

The artists have used computer animation, video, computer graphics, audio, photography, drawing and gaming technology to create films, moving image, sculptures, paintings, interactive games and small and large scale drawings. The artworks themselves tackle a range of themes such as human relationships and behaviour, surveillance and the habits of modern society.

The title is inspired by ‘I Want! I Want!’, an etching created by the artist William Blake over two hundred years ago. It depicts a tiny figure standing before a celestial ladder that leads up to the crescent moon. The image acts as a metaphor for humankind’s ability to dream and turn ideas into reality.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham


Toby Ziegler

Everything Is Recorded (site specific installation)
Savoy Cinema, Dalston, London
14 - 17 February 2018

© Toby Ziegler
© Toby Ziegler

Between February 14th and 17th Richard Russell and Toby Ziegler will present a major site-specific music and art installation on two floors of the abandoned Savoy cinema in Dalston, east London. Russell and Ziegler have been friends since 2000 but this is their first collaboration, to celebrate the release of the debut album by Russell’s music project Everything Is Recorded (titled Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell and released 16th February via XL Recordings).

Upstairs in the cavernous vaulted auditorium Ziegler will show a new three screen video work centring around tracks by Everything Is Recorded, a collaborative artist project that has seen Russell working with the likes of Sampha, Ibeyi, Warren Ellis, Kamasi Washington, Giggs, Wiki, Obongjayar, Infinite, Syd, Damon Albarn, Owen Pallett and Green Gartside among others. Ziegler’s work collages thousands of stock images, alongside live webcam footage and computer generated landscapes.

Downstairs Ziegler will show an immersive sculptural installation that functions as a stage on which Richard Russell and a variety of Everything Is Recorded collaborators will prepare and rehearse, culminating in Everything Is Recorded’s first ever live performance on 15th February. The show will feature Sampha, Ibeyi, Warren Ellis, Obongjayar, Rachel Zeffira, Infinite and more. In addition to experiencing the exhibition and live shows, there will also be the opportunity to attend open live rehearsals at various points during the week.

The week will also see Everything Is Recorded collaborating with NTS Radio for a series of specially-curated live broadcasts. Full details will be announced shortly.

The Savoy cinema was located in an Art Deco building which has been largely unused since the mid-1990’s. This project will occupy the space for a week prior to the start of its renovation and reincarnation as The Hackney Arts Centre, a major new performing arts venue for East London opening late 2018. Hackney Arts Centre is located at 11 – 17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH.

Everything Is Recorded