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We are looking forward to the private view of Tom Dale’s Department of the Interior, hosted by 3Degree Catering & Events at The Masonic Hall. 6-8pm, September 7th. Come and experience the alluring power of this piece… Department of the Interior
Private View: Thursday 7 September 6-8pm

Exhibition open:
Thursday 7 September 11am – 5pm
Friday 8 September 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9 September 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10 September 10am – 4pm
FREE

Department of the Interior is a 6.5m high black leatherette bouncy castle that mocks, with absurdity, both institutional and architectural claims for authority.

It is a sculpture that is simultaneously seductive and repulsive; its form and the space within no longer the preserve of inclusive childish pleasures.

They speak instead of adult power games and BDSM practices that are normally played out in spaces concealed from public view.

In spite of the castle’s tactile allure, visitors are strictly forbidden to enter and bounce, forcing them instead to imagine who or what might have that privilege and why.

Like Franz Kafka’s character ‘K’ – attempting to enter a fictional castle only to be thwarted by invisible and inexplicable governance – Department of the Interior exemplifies the frustration and futility that governance and bureaucracy often pose at an individual and collective level.

Born in Kendal, a Goldsmiths graduate and former Doctoral researcher at Anglia Ruskin University, Dale’s solo exhibitions include the John Hansard gallery and NIMAC, Cyprus, presented film, sculpture, performance and installation.

Dale has just completed a short film A Cage for Voices for Channel 4’.

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Monsters of the Deep: Sea Monster Band

Monsters of the Deep: Sea Monster Band

Sep 24, 1:00pm - Sep 24, 3:00pm

Warrior Square, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6, United Kingdom Map

WARRIOR SQUARE CONVENIENCES
Join us each weekend for a performance atop the public toilets at Warrior Square - seafront side of the main road. Some are durational and some are repeated but all will make you see this unused space in a new light.

LOUISE ASHCROFT - Monsters of the Deep: Sea Monster Band

In early maps of the world, drawings of sea monsters signified unknown marine territory, and since the beginning of cinema, such creatures have been rife in Hollywood. Today these beasts are experiencing a cultural renaissance, as images of washed-up monsters frequently go viral online.

Are they click-bait hoaxes striving for online attention, and if so, why has there always been this cultural need for ‘monsters of the deep’ as signifiers of otherness? Instead of answering this complex question, performance artist Louise Ashcroft has founded the rock band Monsters of the Deep and is organising a monster-movie music concert on the roof of a public toilet overlooking the waves, in the hope of summoning the creatures themselves. Exploring how we conjure monstrosity through sound, the performances will feature interpretations of soundtracks from monster action scenes in films like It Came From Beneath the Sea and Attack of the Crab Monsters.

If you’re a local musician or band who would like to take part please email monstersofthedeephastings@gmail.com

Louise Ashcroft has exhibited at The Government Art Collection, Latitude Festival, Arebyte, AVU Prague, TEDx Hackney, Turner Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford and comedy festival The Boring Conference. She studied at Oxford University, Birkbeck and The Royal College of Art and was recently in residence at Tate Modern and Camden Arts Centre. Louise makes live performances, videos and installations reflecting upon cultural behaviours and traditions.

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