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Toby Ziegler

The Genesis Speech (solo show)
Freud Museum, London
13 September - 26 November 2017

Toby Ziegler, Martyrdom in the swinging sixties, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Freud Museum London
Toby Ziegler, Martyrdom in the swinging sixties, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Freud Museum London

The Freud Museum London is proud to present Toby Ziegler’s exhibition The Genesis Speech. Taking its title from the final scene of Lindsay Anderson’s 1982 film Britannia Hospital, wherein the protagonist reveals his plans for the future of humanity, the series of sculptural and digital interventions weaves into the fabric of the Freud Museum’s collection.

For several years Ziegler’s work has been characterized by an investigation into the ways that images and objects accumulate and shed narratives, and Freud’s collection of antiquities epitomises this. Freud collected artefacts - statues of Egyptian, Greek and Roman gods, fertility symbols and phalluses – which can be seen as symbols of specific human drives, but also gradually became familiar ornaments, absorbed into their environment; for his patients they may have had completely different associations again, sometimes functioning as triggers in their analysis. The works in this exhibition, though in situ for only a short time, imagine themselves as comparable to this process of absorption.

Freud Museum, London


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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