Easter Pre- Screening
We are pre-screening the ALIVE in the UNIVERSE one minute art films this Easter weekend in the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, opposite 31 Crag Path, Aldeburgh IP15 5BS
Easter Saturday 12 noon - 3pm
Easter Sunday 12 noon - 3pm
Easter Monday 12 noon - 3pm
No need to RSVP, All welcome!
A statement from Sarah Lucas and Julian Simmons about their brand new work being shown as part of ALIVE in the UNIVERSE, Venice Biennale on Saturday 11th May
A beautiful day very early in the new year, this year that is. On Christmas Eve I procured seven hundred and fifty eggs from a couple of local suppliers. One each for me and Julian for every day and a few left over for visitors. A year’s worth.
Both of these egg merchants had stalls on the street with honesty boxes. On the last visit to one of them, prior to the swoop, we discovered that a revolution had taken place. An Egg Vending Machine had been installed, not on the street but deep within the interior of the farm. An American style stainless steel affair with glass windowed compartments, numbered. Shit, how are we ever going to come up with that amount of change in the requisite denominations?
Christmas morning, a beautiful bright one and we’re planning a traditional egg dance for the film. The three of us saunter out of the garden, down the bridleway and into the meadow, carrying eggs. We walk through two fields, cross a road, which is also a bridge over a beck, and continue through another meadow on the other side. Another fields worth elapses. We’re deep in dingle by now, and we come to another bridge across the beck, a flat one this time, without sides. It’s for tractors. There are none about. All this while, in the long grass, Julian has been wondering how the hell anyone’s ever going to spot the eggs in the long grass. It’s a damp frosty morning and all about is slippery.
A few weeks before this Julian turned up, on the web, some footage of an egg dance. The dancers, two men wearing blindfolds, dance up and down in the street among a grid of eggs, laid out at two and a half feet intervals. They are Morris Dancers. They skilfully and narrowly avoid the eggs. At one point one of them kicks an egg. It rolls away but doesn’t break. This is traditional, by which I mean it always occurs in the dance. We checked.
A statement from Maggi Hambling about her installation as part of ALIVE in the UNIVERSE, Venice Biennale on Friday 24th May :
“Thomas Mann’s story: Death in Venice inspired Benjamin Britten’s opera. Britten’s masterpiece: War Requiem inspired my installation.
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE provides a space where interactions and conversations between the arts may flourish and nowhere is richer than Venice for this to happen”
Saturday 20th April - 1 minute art films to be screened at The Lookout.
ISSUE 009 Sring 2019
Photograph: James Balston/Observer