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Merge Festival 2014

Nicole Gordon
Deputy CEO

This September, MERGE Festival is coming back to Bankside for its fourth year. This year the festival, which draws upon the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside, will have a theme of 'Science and Art'. Autumn will see unique spaces in Bankside transformed as major names from the UK and international art world stage exhibitions, installations and musical performances alongside emerging artistic talent. The festival runs from 18th September – 19th October 2014.

Highlights from the many events will include works from artists including;

  • Alex Chinneck who created the ‘Minor on the Moon’ (also known as ‘The Upside Down House’) on Blackfriars Road at last year’s MERGE Festival. This year Alex will present ‘A Pound of Flesh for 50p’, a life size construction of a house made from wax bricks that will gradually melt, leaving just the roof on the floor at the end of the festival.
  • Art duo Bompas and Parr, known for their conceptual art style will transport their audience into a world inhabited by the dead using a ‘wearable’ installation. 'Sensed Presence', is a unique headpiece which when worn affects the part of the brain most susceptible to supernatural experiences. In an area affected by the blitz, plague, body snatchers as well as hosting a prison, operating theatre and major hospital, there are so many sightings of ghosts and other paranormal activity in Bankside.
  • British visual artist Peter William Holden combines art and music with science via robotic engineering. For MERGE Festival 2014, Holden presents works including ‘SoleNoid’, tap dancing shoes that spring to life in a symphony of rhythms and taps activated by members of the public at the control panel.

MERGE Festival is a collaboration between Better Bankside, Illuminate Productions and Tate Modern. Donald Hyslop, Chairman of Better Bankside and Head of Partnerships at Tate Galleries, says “We’re really excited to present MERGE for the fourth year. Bankside is a unique part of London and MERGE is a unique festival. Building on last year’s critically acclaimed works ‘The Upside Down House’ and ‘House of Pain’ this year we will be taking our audiences to another dimension. And of course the greatest part of MERGE is seeing locals, Londoners and visitors interacting with the installations and enjoying the events and performances."


For more information:

Sidewalk Psychiatry by Candy Chang

Dance Machines by Peter William Holden

Caravan Theatre

Fractured Visions by Tamiko Theil

The Melting House by Alex Chinneck

Sensed Presence by Bompas & Parr

Resonance FM Radio Shows

The Riverside Stage

When Scientists Meet Artists

The Nursery Theatre


To keep up to date with the latest developments and find out how you can be part of MERGE Festival keep an eye on and @MergeFestival on Twitter.



Aug 27 2014