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Sunday 04 February 2024

Brighton's Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts Announce Contemporary Music, Performance, Screenings & Talks For Their Spring Season

Having kicked off their spring season with a sold out performance by Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), the Brighton-based arts centre at the University of Sussex, has released details of carefully curated contemporary music, performance, screenings and talks for the coming months.

On Tuesday 6 February, BBC news journalist, presenter and pioneer of Explainers, Ros Atkins, reveals his secrets of what makes a good explanation. 

Drawing on many years of experience in news reporting, he will be discussing his recent book The Art of Explanation: How to Communicate with Clarity and Confidence.

The Sussex Archaeological Society present their inaugural Long Man Lecture on Wednesday 28 February with Oxford University and BBC historian, Dr Janina Ramirez. 

Her latest book, Femina, looks at the history of the Middle Ages and "the women who were written out of it".

On Thursday 14 March, ACCA and Brighton-based arts collective Lost Property co-present Penumbra, a new experimental performance by vocalist Dali de Saint Paul, electronic composer and double bassist Maxwell Sterling, and visual artists Charlie Hope and Rebecca Salvadori. 

Growing from a Late Junction session, this is a new commission by the Outlands Network. It comprises live improvised music structured by a prepared video and lighting score.

Blending experimental electronica with ambient and classical music, British producer and composer, Clark, brings his immersive soundscapes to ACCA on Thursday 21 March

His latest album Sus Dog (2023) was mentored and executive produced by Thom Yorke, who sings and plays bass on the track, Medicine.

On Tuesday 16 April, ACCA presents OUT by artist Ray Young, as part of a UK-wide tour. 

This vibrant dance performance is a conversation between two bodies, exploring cultural dissonance as it seeks to reclaim Dancehall and celebrate queerness.

Part of Climate Justice Week at the University of Sussex, there will be a screening of artist Emma Critchley's Common Heritage (2019) on Tuesday 23 April

Critchley's film is an urgent response to the rush of deep-sea mining for rare earth minerals, exposing how reverberant layers of industrialisation, colonialism and territorial claim have affected the way we relate to our environment. 

Dystopian science fiction motifs are harmonised with a poetic montage of deep-sea exploration archive footage.

The University of Sussex presents its fourth annual Pitch for the Planet student sustainability innovation competition on Wednesday 24 April. 

In this Dragon's Den style event, students are tasked with presenting game-changing ideas to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win up to £30,000 seed-funding to turn their ideas into reality. 

Last year's pot was awarded to a project to develop the biomaterial mycelium from hair trimmings collected from hair salons and barbers; the introduction of laundry detergent, hand soap and washing up liquid filling stations to campus; and a project to develop 'Eco-shields' to protect seawalls.

At the end of Climate Justice Week, Belgian theatre artists Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere present Out of the Blue on Sunday 28 April

The final part of their acclaimed trilogy on mining, this time the focus is on deep-sea mining. 

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean and only ten percent of the ocean floor has been mapped. 

From their small apartment in Brussels, Silke and Hannes connect with three ships, each representing pillars of the public debate: industry, science and activism. 

Through a series of interviews and conversations, an intimate portrait of the deep-sea mining industry emerges. 

Out of the Blue is an attempt to capture a potentially pivotal moment in the history of our planet.

ACCA will also be hosting an eclectic programme of Brighton Festival events Saturday 4 – Sunday 26 May to be announced on Thursday 15 February. 

ACCA's Creative Director Laura McDermott said: 

"This season, along with our lovingly curated contemporary music programme and our long-standing partnership with Brighton Festival, we are proud to present a public programme of art that provokes debate. In April, as part of Climate Justice Week at University of Sussex, ACCA will host a number of artworks which ask searching questions about deep sea mining, and how it could affect the world's seas, oceans and our global ecosystem."

For more info on Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts' current spring season CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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