James Lavelle's Meltdown

Musical and artistic innovator James Lavelle curate the 21st Meltdown in 2014, following in the footsteps of some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker.

Combining creative entrepreneurship with a radical artistic approach, James’ genre-defying portfolio spans music, art, fashion, design and film, and as part of his groundbreaking work with UNKLE, boasts acclaimed musical collaborations with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave and Thom Yorke.

Collaboration, innovation and a spirit of non-conformism are central to his approach. James worked with young people to curate the programme, meaning that this very special Meltdown in line with his commitment to mobilising the next generation to become the inventors of their own culture.

Mo’Wax inspires a new generation

Both Meltdown and James Lavelle’s iconic label Mo’Wax turned 21 in 2014,  and as part of the festival, Mo’Wax21: Urban Archaeology, an interactive exhibition devised with Southbank Centre as part of the festival, celebrated the creative output of the label James launched as a teenager.

Doug Foster's installation No Beginning, No End in the Clore Ballroom, featured five cyclical artworks and UNKLE's The Heretics' Gate soundtrack. 

The family-friendly interactive installation is back
Go deeper into the exhibition, How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s
Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
The pair discuss their portrait of Al-Kadhi’s drag persona in this short video
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 
Watch this video introduction to the exhibition, featuring Guest Curator Vincent Honoré and Assistant Curator Tarini Malik
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the second in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the first in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Enjoy a unique and in-depth insight into the photographer’s work in this video

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