Their Mortal Remains Opens at MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma This Friday !!The 19th January 2018 !!
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world.
A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary.
The exhibition marks the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and is promoted by Michael Cohl and Concert Productions International B.V.
MACRO is located less than 1km from The Piper Club, which played host to Pink Floyd’s first shows in Italy in April 1968. The exhibition celebrates Pink Floyd’s place in history as the world’s cultural landscape changed from the 1960s.
The band occupied a distinctive experimental space and were the foremost exponents of a psychedelic movement that changed the understanding of music forever, becoming one of the most important groups in contemporary music.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason pledged his support for the Agent of Change bill outside parliament on the 10th January, describing the rate of closures to UK music venues as ‘terrifying’.
Mason was joined by artists including Sandie Shaw, Nadine Shah, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Bragg and Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard in support of Labour MP John Spellar, who was set to propose the bill in the House of Commons.
Citing the role that The Cavern Club played in the early career of The Beatles, Mason told M: ‘All bands and young artists need the opportunity to perform.
‘The rate of closure of small clubs is terrifying, 35 percent have closed in the last decade.’
Speaking about how the Agent of Change principle could help to protect the future of venues, Mason added: ‘If nothing else, it will concentrate people’s minds on the fact that there is something that can be done to support these venues, rather than just letting them disappear.’
Also in support was Feargal Sharkey, who told M: ‘Like pretty much every other musician on the planet, my career began in the back room of a very small pub in front of about three people, one stormy night in November.
‘The British music industry is built upon little venues and they need protecting, they need our support. It’s time we all stood up and made that very clear to the world around us.’
Elsewhere, Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard spoke about the social value that small venues bring to the music industry, as well as the cultural and economic benefits.
‘Young people are disenfranchised enough in this country. These venues are somewhere people can go and meet like-minded people and exchange ideas, form bands, put on gigs of their own,’ he said.
J. Willgoose, Esq. of Public Service Broadcasting said that he hoped the Agent of Change, if applied, would re-introduce, ‘a bit of pragmatism and a more sensible approach to planning development.’
He said: ‘It’s absolutely ludicrous that something like the Boileroom in Guildford can be on the verge of being closed down – having been an established business for so long – just because somebody moves in two doors down and starts complaining.
‘It’s a farcical situation, so hopefully if we can get this legislation in place, we can protect venues better and we can protect the UK’s cultural scene.’
The campaign to get the Agent of Change principle enshrined in law to protect venues is spearheaded by UK Music and has the backing of at least 75 MPs and peers, plus organisations including the Music Venue Trust and the Musicians’ Union.
The proposed legislation would require developers to take into account the impact of their project on pre-existing businesses such as music venues, before going ahead with their plans.
New developers could also be responsible for funding extra soundproofing for music venues to avoid noise complaints from new neighbours.
Other supporters of the campaign include Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, Chrissie Hynde, Ray Davies and Craig David.
To pledge your support, you can write to your local MP and ask them to get behind Speller’s Agent of Change bill.
It’s the final weeks of the current exhibition titled, Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen Which is currently taking place at London’s House Of Illustration up until the 10th February 2018.
House Of Illustration have just announced that Gerald Scarfe is to join them in person for a one off event to give some personal insight into the works on display – many of which are being shown for the very first time.
The event is to take place on Thursday 18th January 20187pm at London’s House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH
Tickets for the event are included as part of the standard Exhibition Entry
Tickets are very reasonably priced ranging from £5 – £8.25 and are available to buy online direct by clicking here (We advise you get down early to secure your spot)
London’s House of Illustration offers a rare opportunity to explore Scarfe’s extensive work in these areas, presenting storyboards, costumes and props from a range of projects including Disney’s Hercules and Pink Floyd’s The Wall (for which Scarfe designed the animation sequences).
The artist’s typically acerbic imagination and vibrant style are evident throughout, as well as his desire to ‘bring my creations to life – to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama.’