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August 2013
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Poetry in Pubs

August 15, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Angling Association,
59 Central Parade Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5JG United Kingdom

As part of the centenary celebrations, John Grant and ZONE poetry collective have collaborated to explore/explode Dadaism, Surrealism and Marcel Duchamp through an evening of poetry readings. There will be two halves of open mic beginning at 7.30pm at the Angling Association, each half finishing with ‘readymade’ poems from ZONE readers. There will be free nibbles and the bar will be open to purchase refreshments. About   ZONE is a Canterbury and London-based poetry collective and magazine: www.zonepoetrymagazine.com.   Readers:…

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Beach Hut Day

August 11, 2013

Herne Bay’s annual celebration of its Beach Huts falls within our festival and we hope owners will be inspired to decorate some of their huts in the spirit of Duchamp. There is always fierce competition to create the most spectacularly decorated beach hut. This is a popular and colourful town event with residents and visitors are encouraged to take a walk past the huts at the bottom of Western Esplanade.

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Philosophy in Pubs

August 11, 2013

“I’m not dead, I’m in Herne Bay” So let’s be philosophical about it: As part of the town’s Marcel Duchamp celebrations, the festival is linking up with the Shepherd Neame Brewery and the Philosophy in Pubs movement. Pubs have always been a place to meet and debate the philosophical merits of everything and anything over a good pint. But on the evening of Sunday August 4th, the discussion will focus on the influence of Marcel Duchamp on modern aesthetics. In…

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Carnival Procession

August 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Herne Bay Carnival has a long history in the area and the first procession through town was held in 1880. But, by the Edwardian period, the event had added a Regatta, concert and fireworks to the pageant and was considered to be the best Carnival in the region. There is no recorded evidence that Marcel Duchamp witnessed the 1913 parade, but it would have been hard to miss. In this spirit, the Festival has commissioned a giant…

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Checkout

August 10, 2013 - August 17, 2013
Herne Bay Beach Neptune's Arm ,
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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Celebrated Herne Bay and International Artist, Robert Bradford has created a new pyrotechnical fire sculpture for the closing night of the festival on August 17th. The event will take place on Herne Bay beach and is inspired by Duchamp’s life long obsession with chess. Provisionally entitled, Checkout, the project acknowledges Duchamp’s contribution to art history via his use of found, used and utilitarian objects, his belief in the limited life of artworks, the significance of context and his interest in…

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Human Tide

August 9, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  Human Tide pays homage to Duchamp’s piece, 3 Standard Stoppages. At sunset on August 9th, we will be walking exactly 1000 meters from the Pier along the beach with powerful light sticks where the water meets the beach as the tide comes in. We will do the walk 3 times over the course of the turning tide. Each walk will be shot with special cameras that will allow us to ‘draw’ in light on film, effectively capturing the chance…

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Philosophy in Pubs

August 4, 2013

“I’m not dead, I’m in Herne Bay” So let’s be philosophical about it: As part of the town’s Marcel Duchamp celebrations, the festival is linking up with the Shepherd Neame Brewery and the Philosophy in Pubs movement. Pubs have always been a place to meet and debate the philosophical merits of everything and anything over a good pint. But on the evening of Sunday August 4th, the discussion will focus on the influence of Marcel Duchamp on modern aesthetics. In…

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The Marcel Duchamp Herne Bay Symposium

August 2, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Kings Hall,
Beacon Hill Herne Bay, Kent CT6 6BA United Kingdom
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Presenting entirely new research, leading art historians will debate the influences Duchamp found in Herne Bay at this special conference, initiated and moderated by Francis M. Naumann. Francis M. Naumann specialises in Marcel Duchamp and New York Dada. He runs a gallery in New York and is the author of numerous books and publications including: Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess; Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and has recently published The Recurrent…

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Chess Events

August 1, 2013 - August 17, 2013

“I have come to the conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” Marcel Duchamp In the early 1920s a rumour circulated through the art worlds of Paris and New York that Marcel Duchamp had decided to stop making art in order to devote his life to playing chess. Although Duchamp made no effort to refute this claim, and had indeed entered into regular tournament play, he would never abandon his career as an…

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