Longmeg will stage a performance of art and music in Vilma Gold's gallery space. The project was initiated by the artist Edwin Burdis with the aim of experimenting with the style and structure of music performance. Having recently ended his long-term involvement with one band, Burdis wanted to find a way of performing that moves away from the rigidity of the professional music scene he'd been working with, a mode which would allow something more primal (Edwin Burdis has previously been a member of Jack To Jack and Man Like Me).
For Saturday night, Edwin has planned a loosely structured show with music and a succession of characters who'll present themselves, their personalities, identities and histories, to the audience. Longmeg are aiming for a performance that's different from a typical gig experience. Performers will include the artists Steve Claydon and Maaike Schoorel, film maker Antoinette Fernandez, gallerist Chris Taylor and performer Kieran Livingstone.
With Longmeg's use of keyboard and sound system Burdis nods to the British music culture of his youth and its use of sound systems and MCs. The performance and its ephemera, including drawings and objects that will mark-out the performance space, will make reference to English festivals and the Green Man myth as it explores characterisations of Britishness (the Longmeg name comes from 'Long Meg and her daughters' a group of standing stones in the North of England).
Doors will open at 6.30 pm, at which time it should be possible to view film work from the current Megan Fraser and Babette Mangolte show which is part of the 6 Artists, 3 Shows series of week-long film exhibitions we've staged through July that has also presented work by Owen Land, Hannah Sawtell, Felix Gmelin and Amalia Pica.