Sunstone sponsors the inaugural Marcel Duchamp Festival

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Sunstone sponsors the inaugural Marcel Duchamp Festival

Sunstone is proud to sponsor the Marcel Duchamp Festival, celebrating the centenary of the pivotal stay in Herne Bay by one of modern art’s most influential characters. In summer 1913, French artist Marcel Duchamp spent a number of weeks in Herne Bay as a chaperone to his younger sister Yvonne, who was taking a course in English at Lynton College. 1913 was a significant year in Duchamp’s development as an artist and may be said to have marked a turning point in his work.

August 2013 marks the hundredth anniversary of Duchamp’s stay in Herne Bay and a 3 week festival has started. The first weekend of the Duchamp Festival was amazing with the the Symposium bringing leading academics together from around the world on Friday, cartoonists in the bandstand with Sur Les Docks and The Cesearians playing great sets into Saturday evening, and Wheely Groovy doing their bicycle-powered “Anemic Cinema” in the Crypt of William Street Church. Remaining highlights include:

Tuesday 6th August

DREAMS THAT MONEY CAN BUY

[Herne Bay Little Theatre, 44 Buller Avenue – 7.30pm]

A screening of Hans Richter’s most ambitious film, where he assembled some of Europe’s most avante-garde artists and attempted to bring them to a wider cinema-going audience

Friday 9th August

HUMAN TIDE

[On the beach near the Pier at sunset]

An homage to Duchamp’s piece, 3 Standard Stoppages. Walk with light sticks to mark the passage of the tide, caught on film to preserve it forever

 Saturday 10th August

ANEMIC CINEMA

[Christchurch Crypt, William Street – on the hour from 1pm to 5pm]

Wheely Groovy bring their amazing pedal-powered cinema to town to screen Duchamp’s experimental film, “Anemic Cinema” and other films from the time Duchamp was in Herne Bay all set to a specially made soundtrack of “found sounds” from Herne Bay. An fantastic experience! You can also have a go at powering the cinema yourself

LIVE BANDS

Centurion Sect & others play the Bandstand

Sunday 11th August

IN PIECES

[Pier Platform at 2pm & Bandstand at 8pm]

A performance using tap dance & poetry to explore Duchamp’s relationship to chess and the hidden code by Poet in Residence at the Royal Academy, Pele Cox

EXHIBITIONS

From 1st – 17th August

INTRODUCING MR D.

[Herne Bay Museum, William St]

An exhibition to expand awareness of who Marcel Duchamp was, what happened during his stay in Herne Bay, and why he is one of the most significant figures in 20th Century art

DEFACEABLES

[Odyssey, William St / Mortimer St]

Local children “deface” six famous works of art. You can make your own postcards too

I AM NOT DEAD… I AM IN HERNE BAY

[King’s Hall Foyer]

[Beach Creative Galleries]

[Bay Art Gallery, William St]

A series of exhibitions of new work from invited artists, made specially for the festival

ART BIKE TRAIL

[Around the town & seafront]

BEACH HUT 136

[Nr. Hampton Angling Club]

Hut 136 is an inside-out installation, challenging perceptions of what we expect to see. Open until 12th August