Named after one of the forward-thinking architects of the De La Warr Pavilion, Dear Serge is an afternoon and evening of eclectic live performances.

From live music, art, and live performance pieces to the more diverse artistic practices, you can’t afford to miss it. Dear Serge next free late night special, part of Museums at Night on Sat 17 May, will take you on a visual, auditory and experiential journey. Performances take place in a variety of spaces around the building, from 12pm till late into the night.

There’ll be Art/Film/Installations in the galleries through the day, and then the evening sees a special music night rocking this iconic Bexhill venue.


Dan Knight // Interactive Sound Sculpture & Performance

Knight’s work often includes everyday waste, like bottles or discarded vacuum cleaners used to produce both ethereal and more physical sounds. The soft handmade technology makes the work his accessible, and provides a different way of looking at our waste. With instruments as diverse as an organ with twenty keys operated via a different vacuum cleaner for each note, arranged in order by tone and with a light bulb fixed to each one, to a series of organs that blow air over the tops of glass bottles to produce a beautiful, rounded tone these instruments are irresistible to interact with.

Gen Doy // Installation/ Sound works

Partly spoken and partly sung sound works will fill various spaces around the Pavilion, based on three very different types of writings by Serge Chermayeff and his contemporaries. These published materials were occasioned by the award of the commission for the De la Warr Pavilion to architects Chermayeff and Mendelsohn, both Jewish. These historical extracts are then brought into auditory confrontation with material which relates to a more recent debates about around anti-Jewish sentiments in England today.

Bexhill College Media Arts // Installation/Film

Bexhill College BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production 2nd year students have created Emotion Picture’ (Group A students) and ‘Fight or Flight’ (Group B students) featuring the students’ original and creative audio/visual pieces, where they have aimed to be both inventive and experimental with their use of sound and images. They have created these installations in response to specific environments around the college. Their chosen exhibition sites both enhance the meaning of the piece and the experience for the viewer.
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production develops students understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of Media and on completion of the 2 year course students have progressed on to Higher education or to work in the Media industry.

EVENING: 4pm – late

4pm – Jodie Violet // Performance

Fabricating Gender is live sound performance that questions gender in relation to technology. The sewing machines history is linked to the idea of working women, and the breadwinner ideal which has historically been a more masculine role. The ways in which men and women are defined and treated by each other link to how certain technologies are marketed and sold to us. Audio footage from several thinkers on the subject of genderisation (male and female) are used as part of the composition in order to bring forth an exchange of ideas on the subject.

Check out some of the work here.

5pm – Physics House Band // Live Music

Born from a collective love of 70’s fusion, Ninja Tune and Warp Records, The Physics House Band create incredible modern compositions reminiscent of Jaga Jazzist, Yes and Pink Floyd coupled with the technical tunefulness of The Mars Volta and Battles, tearing through boundaries to create a truly unique sound. Take the psychedelic explorers of the 60s, prog of the 70s, tech metal of the 80s, 90s post-rock, all with the 21st century precision of math-rock and, well… you’re getting there. Following the viral success of their debut video single ‘Titan’ early 2012, the Brighton three-piece have been performing to an ever-growing fanatical audience, spreading quickly across the UK.

Physics House Band Facebook page

6pm – Eyes That Kill // Live DJ’s

Great DJ set by talented duo playing some incredible tracks live.

7pm – Sculpture // Live AV

Duo Sculpture is an opto-musical agglomerate made up of Dan Hayhurst (music), and Reuben Sutherland (animation). Their first test hit upon a psychedelic palette, the sensorial intricacies of which they continue to explore. Performance is central to their work, and feeds back into all aspects of the process. Sculpture’s output includes music, film and video work, and multi-sensory live shows. Their performances are an amalgam of electronic music, kinetic art, comic strips, abstract animation, audiovisual cut-ups – a mix of analog and digital practices – tape manipulation, samples, found sounds, aleatoric and algorithmic programming and live improvisation. Dan plays media devices and electronic instruments. Reuben plays video zoetrope turntable.

Sculpture Facebook

9pm – Nochexxx // Dubplate set + Plastic Horse // Projections

“Following a bewildering mixtape and a series of 12”s including a collaboration with rap auteur Sensational, NOCHEXXX somehow squares the difference between rackety instrumental grime, the skeletal components of rave, the most trebly structural effluvia of wonky and the DIY minature synth epics of Robert Rental. Each track is a heedlessly, helplessly exuberant rattle of high density and low production values that, even when possessed by a certain forward drive, turns in odd directions.”
The Wire

If you’ve been to the De La Warr Pavilion before, then you’ll know there’s loads of free parking nearby, a great bar with fantastic food options and kids are welcome.

Museums at Night is the annual after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. It takes place over the weekend of Thu 15 – Sat 17 May 2014.