• APR 05
    Late at Tate Britain: April 2013


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    Dates and Opening hours

    APR 05, 2013

    18.00 – 22.00

    Event Location

    Tate Britain

    United Kingdom



    This event explores the continuing influence of Kurt Schwitters on contemporary art, music and poetry.

    Expect a vibrant evening of performances from Jaap Blonk, Steve Beresford, Christopher FoxMichael Horovitz and friends, Film and Video Umbrella, film-maker Helen Petts and intervention from the British Sea Power frontman Yan*.

    Plus, the exhibition Schwitters in Britain will be open late.

    * Please note British Sea Power will not be performing at Late at Tate Britain: April 2013

    Christopher Fox 

    Christopher Fox will be presenting a new work called Dark Roads performed by Trio Scordatura. Exploring themes of exile, detritus, transience and absence in relation to Schwitters life. Fox presents this new piece for solo cello with treated motorway noise and text by Ian Duhig, based on the Irish song of exile ‘Róisín dubh’. 

    Christopher Fox’s work Three Constructions after Kurt Schwitters was rebroadcast recently on Radio 3, listen to it here.

    Film and Video Umbrella

    To accompany their online project MerzBank there will be a series of artist interventions from Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard and Alec Finlay.

    Helen Petts

    There will be a looped screening of Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing a recent work by artist film-maker Helen Petts which explores the later years of Schwitters’ life and work through landscape, collage, sound and walking. With merz-type sounds contributed by Sylvia Hallett, Adam Bohman, Roger Turner and Phil Minton. The film was commissioned by the Hatton Gallery Newcastle and the London 2012 Festival, funded by the Arts Council of England.

    Michael Horovitz and friends

    Schwitter’s inspired live improvised music and verse from Michael Horovitz and his troupe including Pete Lemer, Jennifer Maidman and Annie Whitehead.

    Steve Beresford and Adam Bohman

    Sonic explorers Steve Beresford and Adam Bohman will be in collaboration to provide some Schwitter’s inspired soundscapes.

    Jaap Blonk

    Jaap Blonk is a Dutch avant-garde composer and a leading performer of Schwitter’s sound works. He will be performing Ursonate as well as other lesser known works.

    Yan (British Sea Power)

    Yan has created an atmospheric soundwork working with fragments of Schwitter’s Ursonate which will be echoing through some of the gallery spaces sonically distorting space and time.

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