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


Toby Ziegler

Your Shadow Rising (solo show)
Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
4 November 2018 - 25 March 2019

Toby Ziegler, The human engine, 2018. Photo: Peter Mallet © Toby Ziegler. Courtesy of Toby Ziegler Studio and Simon Lee Gallery
Toby Ziegler, The human engine, 2018. Photo: Peter Mallet © Toby Ziegler. Courtesy of Toby Ziegler Studio and Simon Lee Gallery

When I left art college, I was pretty disillusioned with the idea of being an artist. I started to make art in private. I think at the time I wasn’t even convinced that it was art. I wasn’t quite sure what the function of it was.

We first met Toby Ziegler around the time Mona opened—a British painter and sculptor with a captivating process and body of work. He wasn’t ‘quite sure what the function’ of his art was, but sought to find a way to make it ‘that seemed viable’ in the new century, a time in which the master narratives of history (including art history) were being pulled apart.

I felt disillusioned with romantic associations of being a painter. I wanted to try to make a new way of practicing for myself. I started by doing something very mechanical, which was just to do with geometry.

He used computers to model spaces and map surfaces with pattern, and re-worked the images by hand.

It was a way of trying to stamp out any idiosyncrasy or gesture, and just do something purely mechanical. In a way I think I was punishing myself… Very slowly, I was able to start considering mark making, and the hand, and human intuition. These things started to seep through.

And now, the best part of a decade later, we are excited to have Toby Ziegler at Mona to show a new body of work, one that follows on from his preoccupation with long standing themes (the hand of the artist, trauma, transformation; in this instance, through fire), and that represents a culmination of his process. This process involves a constant push-and-pull between classical and digitally generated imagery, and mechanical and intuitive modes of expression; between creation and destruction; the autonomy of art making, and the ‘punishment’ it brings to bear as well. There are paintings, sculptures, a video work, and ‘a lump of volcanic rock’. We are looking forward to learning more about how Toby finds a place for himself and his art in a world so saturated with images that they leak out all over the place, in ways that can be fascinating, liberating, or grotesque.

And as for the ‘function’ of such art? We don’t know either. But we’re glad someone else is just as perplexed, and drawn in by the problem (and the wonder) as we are.

Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart