The top 5 immersive art exhibitions in London


Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic chooses his favorite exhibitions to see right now in London, all with immersive elements. Each comes with a concise review to help you decide if it’s for you. Those looking for more exhibits should check out his top 5 museum exhibits where all but one remain open.

Les Lalanne: creators of dreams @ Ben Brown Fine Art & Claridge’s Art Space
A hippopotamus bathtub, a grasshopper to hold your drinks and sheep to sit on – welcome to the wonderful world of François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne – with an excellent selection of their works in two gallery spaces. At Ben Brown’s it’s night time among the clouds where a bed seems to float, and across the road Claridge’s art space is a bigger, brighter space with a lot more decor. works to see. Until July 29.

Mélanie Penchot: Alpine Diskomiks @ Parafin
Different genres of music are united by mountains on their album covers and it starts out pretty serenely before they start playing and layering on top of each other and reach an intense crescendo. The mountain and circular theme is recreated below in a mesmerizing video where snow plows create grooves in the snow like those on vinyl. Until June 25.

Dreamachine @ Woolwich Public Market
Sit back, close your eyes and prepare for a trippy experience as the dreamachine uses sounds and pulses of light to create patterns behind your eyelids so you feel like you’re hallucinating. It’s extremely intense and you’ll find it either relaxing or perhaps anxiety-provoking – either way, it’s an unforgettable experience that I highly recommend to those who are in the mood for it. Until July 24, pre-booking recommended.

Among the machines @ Zabludowicz Collection
Our lives are shaped by machines, and some are convinced they will eventually take over. This group exhibit explores what it means now and in the future through sculpture, video, and most unsettling of all, a fluorescent belly you can place on your own belly that will vibrate and make strange noises. Until July 17

Candida Powell-Williams – Tilt Shift: Shadows of the Seasoned Sun @ Southwark Park Galleries
Limbs extending from a cart, severed heads hanging with tongues sticking out, and a working fountain are all part of this colorful and twisted exhibit by Candida Powell-Williams in the park’s two gallery spaces. It’s big, brash and playful. Until June 26.

All images are copyrighted by the gallery and the artist. Photo by Les Lalanne: Jeff Moore. Paraffin photo: Peter Mallett. Dreammachine photo: David Levene. Among the Photo Machines: Tim Bowditch.


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Tabish Khan

Art critic for FAD and Londonist. Visit as many exhibitions as possible and write reviews, opinion pieces and a weekly top 5 for FAD.

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