MERGE is the annual arts, music and performance festival where artists draw upon the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside, London.
18 September - 18 October 2015
MERGE Bankside is curated and produced by Illuminate Productions. It is supported by Better Bankside and Tate Modern.
ARTISTS AND EVENTS
‘On Your Wavelength’ by Marcus Lyall and Rob Thomas is a site-specific interactive installation which uses participants brain data and the latest light and sound technology to create a large-scale immersive light and sound installation. A new commission for MERGE 2015, this spontaneously choreographed digital artwork will be created from intersecting thought patterns, via an EEG headset. The laser and sound will then amplify their brain activities to epic, architectural scale.
Bompas & Parr invite you to make a wish in ‘The Chamber of Wishes’ – an immersive interactive installation in which visitors will be able to focus on their hopes and dreams, while also experiencing one of the ocean’s great mysteries up-close and personal. By unveiling the lost rich history of springs, wells and grottos in London’s Bankside, and the rare phenomenon of bioluminescent sea water, Bompas & Parr aim to facilitate a truly unique merger between art, science, folklore and the mystery of the natural world. They have enlisted the help of Microbiologist Dr Simon Park to bring one of the ocean’s great secrets to light.
In celebration of TV Times 60th anniversary, and as part of the 2015 Merge festival, TV Times is showcasing a selection of exclusive images from its vast archives. Many of these are never seen before images from 6 decades and will be on show at 2 venues in the Bankside area.
The Riverside Stage on the river walkway by Millennium Bridge will showcase live music throughout the festival. The stage is curated to showcase and promote original song writing and musical talent. Bands this year will include winner of the BBC 2 Folk awards ‘Stick in the Wheel’ and the adventurous seven piece band ‘Mishaped Pearls’, nominated for Best Song- Folk Singer in The Independent Music Awards 2014.
Colourful Crossings sees one of the main arteries in Bankside, Southwark Street, transformed into an outdoor gallery with a series of on-street artworks which will bring pedestrian crossings to life. Colourful Crossings marks the first commissions made through the Avenue of Art initiative which will take art out of its traditional gallery contexts and transform public spaces. Better Bankside, a Business Improvement District (BID) which exists to make Bankside a thriving place to live, work and visit, has commissioned three very different artists to bring colour and animation to Southwark Street.
Working with emerging writers, directors and actors, Caravan Theatre brings mysterious and immersive theatre productions to a small intimate audience of 4 people at a time. Performers in the 70s gold safari caravan this year include: Sammy Kissin, Judith Amsenga, Annemiek van Elst and Robin Steegman.
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk down Blackfriars Road in September as ‘Time to be Late’ takes to the street. Part evocative bus journey, part site-specific theatrical experience, the public’s daily journey to and from work will come alive through a series of energetic and humourous scenes taking place at bus stops and buses along Blackfriars Road. Performers include the award winning Natural Theatre Company who have been making people laugh in nearly 80 countries for over 40 years, and Scotty the Blue Bunny who will be performing his unique cabaret show.
For the second year, Merge is delighted to be working with the Nursery to present a programme of improvised theatre and comedy. Every Friday and Saturday from the start of October at the Edric Theatre, Borough Road.
TROPE, designers in choreographed time, will become artists in residence at the Kirkaldy Testing Works, taking inspiration from the 1874 building made to house the first tensile testing machine in the world. ‘Chain Reaction’ explores the fluid nature of time through action and re-action, in a series of playful, interactive and mechanical artworks. TROPE, working alongside 12 engineers, have developed an audio-visual installation that synthesizes digital and analogue technology to resuscitate and reframe the guts of the museum. Visitors will journey through an interactive, liminal and immersive world where the basement space of Kirkaldy Testing Works is re-animated in a unique, ghostly ballet.
Two chefs present their newest food creation together in a site-specific performance for Borough Market’s food demonstration kitchen.
Heady Conduct Theatre presents scenes from Reckless being performed in the first ever midnight performance at The Rose. Directed by Rebecca Rogers. And more.
MERGE will be collaborating with Resonance fm to produce 6 x 1 hour programmes featuring artists, musicians and performers from the festival. Artists will talk about their work, musicians will play live, and there will be discussion on topics such as history and engineering.
A musician and a neuro physiologist will discuss how music has an effect on people who interact with it. The discussion will culminate with a networking event where people who work in the Sciences can meet and talk to their opposite numbers from the Arts. The event is delivered in collaboration with the Dennis Rosen Trust, and will be taking place for the fourth year at MERGE.
Live music by Adam Beattie, Brooke Sharkey and guests. Does music change the taste of wine? Will a Sancerre seem zestier with Nouvelle Vague being played? Or will your Chianti appear more refined after listening to Tchaikovsky or folk?
For Tunesdays at Mondrian London, MERGE will be in residence at the Dandelyan each Tuesday evening for a series of live music events to showcase and promote original song writing and musical talent. Dandelyan bar transports guests to a place where they can lose themselves in exotic flavours and magnetic conversation. You will be taken on a journey of discovery to experience and enjoy new tastes and unexpected combinations in an interior designed by Tom Dixon.