Into the groove: Art meets vinyl at Curves of the Needle

9 April 2015

Vinyl records have never gone away, despite the best efforts of the compact disc, MP3 and Spotify – indeed, sales are currently at their highest level for nearly two decades.

As the format’s resurgence continues, an innovative new exhibition in Newcastle – timed to coincide with Record Store Day on 18 April – explores the relationship between contemporary art and vinyl.

The Curves of the Needle, at the BALTIC 39 project space, showcases work by a stellar array of artists including Christian Marclay, Graham Dolphin, David Toop and Jim Lambie.

Vinyl is manipulated in all manner of ways, from scratching lyrics on to the records themselves to pressing music on top of X-ray film, and in some cases reflects the very physical process by which records are cut using lathes and pressed with industrial machinery.

BBC Arts visited as the BALTIC 39 team prepared the exhibition for its opening on 3 April and spoke to Dolphin and curator Allesandro Vincentelli about the exhibition. Below you can view a selection of the works on display.

The Curves of the Needle is at BALTIC 39, Newcastle, until 17 May.

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All photos by Colin Davison © 2015 BALTIC

The project space at BALTIC 39
X-Ray Audio
Graham Dolphin, Ra is Rising
Group exhibition
1960s Dansette player, courtesy RPM Music, Newcastle
Jonathan Monk, One Moment With Another, 2014
Zoviet France display
Jim Lambie, Whole Lotta Shakin', 2012
Christian Marclay, Still from Looking For Love, 2008 © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Graham Dolphin, 43 Beatles Songs, 2011 (detail)
Jim Lambie, Sonic Reducer 2, 2008

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