MERGE Bankside is back for 2016 to showcase a collection of immersive art, theatre, and musical performances. The festival features high profile names and emerging talent in the art and music world taking over spaces in the Bankside area from 24 September – 7 October.
This year’s headline comes from Bompas & Parr as they create an art installation which transposes your voice to infrasound to give visitors supernatural experiences at Hilton London Bankside’s swimming pool. ‘Voice of God’, from 29 September – 2 October, is a world first; the only time that infrasound has been creatively used to give people a spectral visitation. The physical installation poses questions about consciousness, our perception of the physical world, and our understanding of the supernatural. Bompas & Parr have worked with acoustic scientists to design and build the sound-based installation that appears to connect you with the supernatural. A custom sound system will broadcast infrasound at 19 Hz. This frequency is below the regular hearing threshold of a human but is the resonant frequency of the human eyeball. These low-frequency vibrations can cause the eyeball to distort activating the rods and cones in your eyes through pressure rather than light.
The ever popular Riverside Stage will be back outside Tate Modern with a weekend of live music programmed by New Roots and Sister Ray on 25 – 26 September. It’s been nearly 30 years now since Sister Ray Records first opened its record shop on Berwick Street in Soho and it's now considered an institution. Line up includes London-born Soul man Danny Toeman, Wesley Gonzalez, Jon Kenzie and Ned Roberts.
There will be food demonstrations gone wrong at Borough Market, with spoof chefs of course, keeping up appearances during a live food demonstration while trying to save the dish of the day!
Time To Be Late, will be providing commuters with much needed comedy along various points on Blackfriars Road on 6 and 7 October.
There’ll also be another surprise for people in the Blackfriars Road area as London-based outdoor arts company Bureau of Silly Ideas has a plan to celebrate the centenary of the shooting down of a Zeppelin airship over Blackfriars Bridge. On 30 September and 1 October watch out for the Peas Corps and something big and white in the sky!
At unexpected points, at unexpected times, MERGE aims to put a smile on the face of commuters with activity inspired by the rich history and infamous charcharacters from the area. More details, exact venues and additional performers will be announced over the coming weeks at mergefestival.co.uk.