7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
11th November, 2013
For 2013 remembrance, platform-7’s annual signature event will focus on the silence perceived during war. Hugely ambitious, this year’s event has some of the county’s leading cutting edge artists and prestigious universities participating and will take place in multiple locations across London.
Since 2009, platform-7 has been creating conceptual live performances during remembrance week that explore how people reach their opinion on war and conflict. having previously taken place in cemeteries during darkness and across the london Underground, involving poetry, classical music, contemporary dance, sculpture, film and multimedia, 2013 will be the most ambitious performance yet – across the streets of London.
Through both world wars, britain had aerial attacks aimed at the civilian population that killed many and had a psychological intention. The first of these attacks, in 1915, were by zeppelins, huge airships filled with hydrogen that could fly up to 50mph over long distances and, at cruising height with cloud cover, could barely be heard from the ground. The zeppelin assaults created terror amongst the population, as often, only when bombs began exploding were people first aware of an attack. As Hitler’s war faltered, he resorted to trying to recreate this terror with his highly improved v2 rockets, which could travel great distance before silently falling on a random target.
For 2013, platform-7 will create a series of performances, financially supported by Arts Council England, SHM Foundation and Queen Mary, University of London, at locations that became a casualty of these attacks. Loud performance interventions of various art forms will suddenly appear throughout Remembrance Day, Monday 11th November, representing the sudden explosions and randomness of these events. Each performance will tell the story of its own particular location, as if the memory is being conveyed by the place itself rather than a person. Our media partner for the event is the Londonist.
Partners include Queen Mary, Central School of Speech & Drama, City University London and Creativework London.