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England's most hated building is 'demolished' at the launch of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

  • Date: 26 September 2012
  • Area: South West
Arts Bournemouth

Arts Bournemouth. Credit: Kerry Curtis

29 September - 29 October 2012

England's most hated building will appear to be demolished at the launch of Bournemouth Arts By the Sea Festival.

The virtual demolition will use state-of-the-art 3D projection with sound, lighting, animation and architectural mapping to create the illusion of demolishing the IMAX Waterfront building in Bournemouth.

The controversial IMAX building which blocks the sea views over Bournemouth Bay and the Purbecks has been voted the most hated by the country.

In The Secret Incident, which has been created specially for the Festival by arts and technology collective seeper, the 14.8 metres high by 13.5 metres wide façade of the building will seem to disappear.

This free event takes place at 9pm on Saturday 29 September at the start of the Festival which runs until 29 October and features over 100 events including The Paper Cinema's Odyssey at the end of the Pier, Marcia Farquhar's University in a skip, a miniature theatre show made of paper and light, an outdoor light trail by one of Europe's leading lighting designers, Pipilotti Rist, British, musical robots, and an audience with Peter Greenaway.

The programme also features performances from Arts Council National portfolio organisations Dance South West and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, including South Asian dancer Aakash Odedra's Rising at Pavilion Dance and an evening with Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Kirill Karabits in conversation with BBC Radio 3 Presenter Petroc Trelawny.

A special programme of arts events at the semi-derelict Shelley Manor in Bournemouth has been inspired by Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein (Forever Frankenstein 18 - 28 October). Events include Giorgio Sadotti's conceptual This This Monster This Things, British Sea Power, Pipilotti Rist, and John Hegley. Ray Lee's Ethometric Museum appears along with the award-winning Spacedog who create live music for Theremin and the uncanny musical robots.

The full programme and booking information are available online.