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Ninja Tune – 20 Years of Beats and Pieces

Continuing on from my last post, I visited the Ninja Tune – 20 Years of Beats & Pieces exhibition at Black Dog Publishing in King’s Cross, London. It is running from 20th August to 16th September (open 12-5pm Monday to Friday). Artists signed to the label include Amon Tobin, Mr. Scruff and Coldcut.

The exhibition highlighted original artwork, gold discs for various artists, memorabilia, 3-D models, discs, posters and the Roots Manuva plaster cast head from the album. What I particularly liked was that one of the rooms was a recreation of the Ninja Tune HQ meeting room, featuring original posters and the cabinet featured on the cover of Well Deep: Ten Years of Big Dada Records.

What they could have done better:

– There were very few photos of the musicians who belonged to Ninja Tune records. They could have displayed artist profiles and discographies.
– Crucially, there was no music. This is an exhibition focusing on a 20 year period of a record label. They should have had examples of bands playing in the background.
– The opening hours were office hours. When I first visited, it was on a Saturday and was closed. I then went back at 11am and waited for an hour as it opened at 12pm. They could have made the exhibition run for less time (say 2 weeks), opened for longer in the week and opened on Saturday.

Black Dog Space is also opening a one day pop-up shop on Saturday 11th September which I will be trying to get along to.


About David Lowe

Founder / editor at Origin of Cool (www.originofcool.com) and World Sport Bloopers (http://www.worldsportbloopers.com). Talk to me about building online communities, social media, online advertising and cool stuff. Love ping pong!


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