Bones Baltic BBC

The exhibition at THE BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS (see below) is a fabulous tribute to crazy vinyl culture. The X-Ray Audio section is very nicely sited adjacent to an amazing film piece by Christian Marclay which shows a gramophone needle riding the grooves of a record in huge close up.

On 16th APRIL, Stephen and Aleks Kolkowski will be presenting an evening on the project with a talk, images, film and a demonstration of the cutting of a new X-Ray record.

Paul Smith vocalist of the band MAXIMO PARK has graciously submitted himself to be x-rayed this time.  He will be performing a song form his new album live and Aleks will be cutting it straight to x-ray . 


BBC ARTS covered the exhibition with a film featuring the X-Ray Audio installation and an interview with curator Alessandro Vincentelli.  (Although the x-ray bootlegs were not imported into the Soviet Union as stated, they were made there and the use of X-rays was not an attempt to disguise the true nature of the records). 

X-Ray Audio: Soviet Bootlegs Exhibition and Live Event

STEPHEN COATES and PAUL HEARTFIELD will be holding an exhibition of Soviet X-Ray Bootlegs, film , images, associated ephemera and miscellany at London's Horse Hospital from January 21st - 31st.  They will present a selection of  these beautiful and spooky forbidden records collected in Russia over the last few years.

And Stephen and sound artist ALEKS KOLKOWSKI will be repeating October's sold out presentation of the story of the X-Ray bootlegs on Wednesday 28th January.  Aleks will provide a commentary on groove-based recording techniques on plastic and they will be providing another  live demonstration of recording onto used X-Ray plates using vintage analogue record-cutting lathes.

This time, uniquely they will be cutting X-Rays from an actual live musical performance.

More details HERE 

EXHIBITION: Wednesday 21st - Sat 31st January 12 – 6pm (except Sundays)

PRIVATE VIEW: Tuesday January 20th  7pm

LIVE EVENT: Wednesday 28th January 7pm