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Dear Serge

A sensory spectacle

Written By Hannah Collisson

For an example of quality arts programming look no further than Dear Serge, the free, bi-monthly happening at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion.

The venue may be located in a sleepy seaside town, but Dear Serge is anything but conservative; it is designed to push the boundaries.

As ever, a selection of cutting edge live performance, art, and music was served up at yesterday afternoon’s event, much of which was either interactive or deeply immersive. Wandering around the building, it was easy to stumble across a performance.

Of particular note were the immense soundscapes conjured up by electro duo Soccer96 in the main hall. All the more impressive thanks to the visuals by Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow, which were likened by one of the band members to the imagined experience of flying in a spaceship through ‘Crayon Land’.

Powerfully haunting was Riz Maslen’s Departure Lounge, a film and sound installation inspired by a hospital stay, which invited the audience to step outside of the bustle of the DLWP foyer into a darkened space.

Dear Serge may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s really not important; it is just great that one of the south coast’s leading venues is taking such a risk. On a sunny afternoon to be surrounded by the ever-changing seascape, beautiful architecture, and thought-provoking art, whether it be audio, visual, or a combination of the two, felt like something approaching magic.

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