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.