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De La Warr Pavilion launches new music and visual arts programme Dear Serge

  • Date: 19 April 2013
  • Area: South East
Ron Geesin

Ron Geesin. Credit: Photo courtesy of Ron Geesin and De La Warr Pavilion

De La Warr Pavilion, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, will launch an exciting programme of experimental music, spoken word, sound and visual arts with a free event this Saturday.

Dear Serge is a two-year programme that pays homage to the Pavilion's Russian architect, Serge Chermayeff, who is credited for creating the Modernist icon on Bexhill's seafront in 1935. The bi-monthly programme aims to feature an eclectic mix of art forms, with a strong focus on experimentation.

The free launch event will take place at the Pavilion on Saturday 20 April from 2pm to 10pm.

The theme for the day is synthesis and will feature a range performance, hands-on workshops and installations for the public to explore throughout the day and enjoy.

Scottish composer and musician Ron Geesin, of Pink Floyd fame, will be performing on piano, banjo, bass-xylophone, percussion and throat. The Guardian has called him 'an experimenter on the free form edge, poet, and a comedian with a taste for the absurd.'

Brighton live electronica collective The Spirit of Gravity will be running Electrocrèche: the public are invited to come play with a table of drum machines, small synthesizers, circuit bent sound toys, Nintendo Gameboys and other modified or unmodified instruments.

Singer and artist Ellen Southern presents her Vermeer-'haunted' At Her Music, process-based vocal performance and installation of live and recorded voices performed within a camera obscura.

Multimedia artist Ian Helliwell will be running a Tape Loop Workshop where people make their own loops in a 10-minute drop-in session.

Dotted around the venue will be Helliwell's fascinating light and sound sculptures, which he has fashioned from DIY synthesizer circuitry and housed in 'found' containers.

Jane Won, De La Warr Pavilion curator says: 'Dear Serge is essentially a series of programmes to provide a platform for contemporary interdisciplinary and experimental practice by artists from many different disciplines.

'We envisage it to be a testing ground for new ideas as well as a place for artists and audiences to meet and engage more directly in a casual environment. The Pavilion's history is based on the fluidity of artistic engagements during the Modernist period, and we hope this programme will encourage a similar kind of energy.'

The Dear Serge programme is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

 Dear Serge, Saturday April 20, 2 to 10pm, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, free