Brighten up your day! Journey through a series of installations including a midnight rainbow, a flash of love, a visceral sound and light installation, and theatrical experiences.
Where: 183-185 Union Street, London SE1 0LN
When: 12 – 7pm, Wednesday – Sunday from 8 June – 1 July
A feel-good experience awaits you on Union Street! As you travel through a series of rooms you will be encouraged to see the world in a different way…
Title: You Will Be Possessed By Love In 30 Seconds
Artist: Hideyuki Sawayanagi
At first glance, the piece seems like a simple video projection without sound in a dark space. A title appears, followed by a 30-second countdown, and one quick flash leaves you with LOVE in your eyes. The word remains imprinted on the viewer’s retina, changing colour for several minutes. Wherever you look, ‘LOVE’ is all around.
About the artist:
Hideyuki Sawayanagi is an award winning Japanese artist known for his engaging light installations and incredible half-tone photographs, created by drilling hundreds of small holes at variable widths into sheets of aluminium. Hideyuki has a background in Economics as well as an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College London.
Title: Oscillate: Wave No.1
Artist: Silvern Collective
Inspired by the therapeutic effects of sound and light frequencies, Oscillate: Wave No.1 will take you on a journey of well-being. Participants will be placed in a cocoon of light where they will be transported into a visual and aural trip of relaxation as the sonic waves wash over them.
The Silvern Collective have combined ancient mythology and technology to create this visceral sound and light installation. Light and sound are important to our health and how we relate to the world. The Silvern Collective aim to positively raise our state of feeling by introducing us to resonant frequencies that are known to revitalise humans.
About the artists:
The Silvern Collective are an elusive group of enigmatic artists and musicians with a wealth of professional experience across the arts. Anonymity is essential for the group who keep their identities hidden to add to the mysterious dynamic of their work. Together the Silvern Collective have experience in the arts and music industry, working with Radiohead, Nick Cave, The Prodigy, Paul Weller, Spiritualised, and Metallica, amongst others.
Title: Everything we are capable of seeing
Artist: Alistair McClymont
Renowned installation artist Alistair McClymont has created a spectral midnight rainbow for MERGE Bankside. This interactive rainbow in a darkened room filled of ethereal mist allows you to interpret things in a different light, as colours disperse then reappear as you move through. Why not make a wish upon the rainbow and add it to the Rainbow Wall?
Rainbows have made appearances in folk law since the beginning of storytelling; a symbol of positivity, hope and new beginnings ‘over the rainbow.’
Scientifically rainbows are a meteorological phenomenon caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets, resulting in a full spectrum of light appearing in the daytime sky. McClymont has re-created a rainbow in the dark, reducing it to its most simple and visible elements. In this moment you see your own individual rainbow. A nighttime rainbow is something that describes ‘everything we are capable of seeing.’
About the artist:
Alistair McClymont often creates artworks through collaboration with scientists. He sees a close link with the way artists and scientists view the world. He has worked with meteorologists, a nuclear physicist, and at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Washington using their ocean weather data and sunlight data. McClymont's previous work includes a 10ft high man-made tornado.
Title: Dr Leon: Neural Enhancement
Artists: Various artists
Join us at the newly opened Bankside surgery for a once in a life time theatrical experience!
Dr Leon’s Better Chip is the pinnacle of neural wellbeing treatments. A better life is just around the corner. The implanted happy chip will encourage positive behavior to help patients discover their better self. We aim to bring out the very best in you and gently eliminate negativity.
‘Patients’ are seen by surgery staff for a 20-minute session which includes a tailored BetterTM life consultation, personal sedative creation, the BetterTM Chip installation procedure and an exit meditation. The procedure is swift and painless. Our doctors will take you step by step through the experience. After the procedure you will be perfectly operational from the second you are finished. Our state of the art equipment has been tailored to leave no lasting marks.
This is an interactive theatrical simulation.
Director and designer: Sofi Lee-Henson
Camera and editor: Alexandre Do
Sound designer: Emmet O'Donnell
Starring: Miranda Mac Letten, Fania Grioriou, Flavia Bertram, James Carney, Omar Gordon, and the voice of Rosemary Rance. Lighting Designer - Ben Kearney, Costume - Lauren Bridle Sound Recording - Irfan Hassan
Title: Society of Nice
Artists: Created by the cast from an original idea by Jinni Lyons and Katy Schutte, performed by Jinni Lyons, Helen Foster and Jonah Fazel.
With the world in such a terrible state, the formerly secret Society of Nice will be resident in The Feel Good Institute at unexpected times in order to recruit new members. Once you have passed their rigorous training process, you will be invited to be one of their agents.
About the artists:
The Society Of Nice are a rotating collective of performers, directors, Improvisers and comedians with a shared loved of creative live theatre that plays with audience agency and immersive experience. The cast includes; Jonah Fazel - (BAFTA Winning History Bombs, CBeebies, Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure); Jinni Lyons - (Jinni Lyons is an Only Child, Destination podcast, London and Liverpool Improvathons); Vicki Hawley- (Oxford Imps, Adventures of the improvised Sherlock Holmes); Toby Trimby - (The Flying Seagull Project, Craft Theatre, Bitesize Theatre, Wessex Actors Company).
Title: Lunch Beat
Dates: Thursday 21 and 28 June, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Artists: Tyler Moorehead, Molly Ränge
This will be your most important business lunch. Throw some shapes and get those endorphins released. Dance your lunchtime away - in a judgement free zone. Just one hour of dancing will leave you feeling good for the rest of the day. Lunch Beat is all about playfulness, participation and community. Hosted by artist Tyler Moorehead.
Tickets £10 (includes lunch)
About the artist:
Lunch Beat was founded by Molly Ränge in 2010, 14 people attended the event. The underground movement kept growing and now Lunch Beat Stockholm attracts more than 600 people to monthly events, and has been arranged in over
Title: Summer of Love
Artists: The Donnelly Brothers, YOUTH CLUB Archive
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Travel back in time to the 1988 Summer of Love with an interactive light and electronic music installation. Embrace the hedonism and rebellion of the times, and dance your heart out to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
The three brands most synonymous with this era - Gio Goi, Roland, and Smiley - have joined forces with YOUTH CLUB Archive at MERGE Bankside to co-curate a series of events that will pay homage to this unforgettable era and spread these collective memories to partygoers today.
Event details will be announced very soon which include a premiere screening of “They Call it Acid” by the Donnelly Brothers and a live event hosted by Omeara.
Find out more here.
Title: Only When I Laugh
Dates: 14, 21 and 28 June, 6pm - 7pm
Artists: Robin Linde Productions
Theatrical laughter sessions with a twist… These comedic interactive workshops allow you to ‘reclaim your face’ when smiling becomes too much.
Laughter has been used as a therapeutic tool for many years; a contagious and universal emotion that brings people together and breaks down barriers. It relieves stress, relaxes the body and releases endorphins. Come and experience a laughter workshop our way in the Feel Good Institute.
Title: Happy Guy
Tommo is a London based photographer, film-maker and artist and has worked with many clients in Portraiture, Documentary Arts, Fashion and Music along with an extensive array of personal work. 'Happy Guy' is written, sung, played, and drawn by Tommo as part of his humorous roster of videos. His new video project is a sarcastic take on cooking, entitled ‘Credit Munch’. Videos for which are gradually being uploaded to the new ‘Credit Munch’ YouTube channel. The Credit Munch Book was also featured on Channel 5's 'The Wright Stuff'.
Tommo also sings and plays bass in the Band ‘Mouse’ (mouseband.bandcamp.com) and films most of the bands video too. which can be viewed via Mousebanduk on Youtube.
Title: Wormwood. Burdock and Birch Sap Shot
Artists: Bompas and Parr
Millions of sensory receptors in the mouth work in tandem with the brain to alert you to the nature of what you’re about to consume - which could potentially place you in danger. Danger excites the brain. Bompas & Parr explore healthy body frequencies and the elusive and mysterious wormwood herb. Wormwood, burdock and birch sap shooters will be served from Bompas & Parr’s Chaldni Punchbowl which emits a 25Hz frequency throughout, enabling guests to visualise the frequency of their drink.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bompas & Parr Studio is globally recognised as the leading expert in multi-sensory experience design