Dear Serge is a FREE bi-monthly Saturday event at the De La Warr Pavilion showcasing the best in cutting-edge live music, performance and art.

Named after one of the forward-thinking architects of the De La Warr Pavilion, Dear Serge is an afternoon and evening of eclectic live performances. From live music, art, and live performance pieces to the more diverse artistic practices, you can’t afford to miss it. Dear Serge will take you on a visual, auditory and experiential journey with performances taking place in a variety of spaces around the building.

All welcome, free parking on seafront and bar/cafe open.


NEXT DEAR SERGE: Saturday 15th November (12-6pm)

Cieciura/De Sousa // Architectural Installation for Video and Light
Felt Volume

Cieciura and De Sousa first worked together whilst studying for a Masters degree at the Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton UK 2010/2012. The collaboration formed through a shared belief in the transformative qualities of live art. Through a continually evolving dialogue, Cieciura and De Sousa share and develop their creative practice with a wider audience.

How do we experience space? What is the ‘sensation of space’? Oskar Schlemmer, whilst working on his dance productions at the Bauhaus, considered Raumempfindung or ‘felt volume’ to be complex challenge; the opposition of visual plane and spatial depth. Cieciura/De Sousa – in order to further explore this opposition – will transform the roof space of the De La Warr Pavilion into an experiential artwork. The interchanging relationship between the audience, space and geometric form will be streamed live to the De La Warr Pavilion auditorium. By collating the two experiences, the audience will gain a greater understanding of the sensation of the space: felt volume.

Goldberg, RoseLee. Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. 2nd ed. USA: Thames & Hudson Inc, 2011. Print.

Non-Blank (Oliver Cherer and Riz Maslen) // Sound Installation / Live Music Performance

Since 1935

In a celebration of a genuinely iconic building, non-blank will be performing Since 1935, a semi-improvised suite of music based on recordings, schemes and strategies made and devised in and around the De La Warr Pavilion. Over the summer, Oliver Cherer and Riz Maslen have been in in residence at the pavilion, in both public and private spaces, exploring the sonic possibilities that the architecture has to offer. From the mechanical fire curtain on the stage to the pitch-modulating echo of the auditorium balcony, the claustrophobia of its roof void and the deep natural reverb of the staircases, the building’s very particular spaces have provided samples and inspiration which the duo will use as the basic ingredients of their performance on November 15th.

Recent shows have included spontaneous composition involving church organs, a male voice choir, school children armed with hand bells and game passers-by on massed corrugaphones.

Riz is Maslen well known for her long list of recordings and projects under the Neotropic moniker and Ollie Cherer has been trading for the last decade under musical alias Dollboy and, along with Darren Morris on keyboard instruments and Jack Hayter on steel guitar and viola, they come together as non-blank and will be “playing the building” in a live experiment in sound and music. They will be using old tape machines, organic, analogue and digital instruments, voices and willing members of the audience to improvise around and react to the results of their summer research at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Lynn Dennison // Sound and Video Installation


Lynn Dennison’s installations use film and sound to explore the meanings created when the exterior enters the interior, when the bucolic, arcadian and romantic connotations of land and seascape enter, or encounter in other ways, the built environment. She is interested in the idea of a fear of the landscape, and the creation of an artwork that suggests the enormity of nature.

In ‘Waterfall’, video and sound have been used to create a place where culture and nature converge. This installation invites spectators to experience the De La Warr Pavilion in a new way, creating a connection between inside and out.

Romvelope // Sound Sculpture and Live Music Performance

Located somewhere between electro acoustic music and sound sculptural bricolage, Romvelope aka Bjørn Hatleskog, releases music and makes sound sculpture exploringthe nature of feedback loops and, noise and interference and their relationship with music. These ideas are examined through the construction of modular devices which are combined to form semi-autonomous musical instrument cum sound installations, which function like machines or very primitive computers.

The subject matter of my work is noise and its relationship with music. Interference as it is manifested in electronic communication systems in the form of electromagnetic interference. And feedback, its application sonically as well as its mechanical application as the basis for self-regulating mechanisms like automata.

Christos Fanaras will be joining Romvelope for the live performance aspects of the work. High end electronic drones and weirdness, do not miss…

Margarita Gluzberg // Installation and Performance Lecture

*Rock On Bones* was the name of a trend practiced in the Soviet Union primarily during the 1950’s and early 60’s and was a way of cutting records of banned music from the West illegally, using discarded medical x-ray transparencies in place of vinyl. By constructing a collage of new and archival visual material, this performance-lecture adopts the x-ray record as a device to navigate the wider notions of consumption and censorship.

Japanes Sweets // Audio and Live Projections

The solo project of Owen Thomas, Japanese Sweets uses analog oscillators, samples and electronics to create undulating disembodied compositions redolent of past experimenters such as Suzanne Ciani and Cluster; accompanied by video projections incorporating found footage and video synthesizers to create a unique audio/visual experience.

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