Alexandra Gardens Bandstand

A public intervention and sound work into the seaside town of Weymouth.

In the summer of 2010, within a garden on the seafront of Weymouth, southern England, we reconstructed the concert programme delivered there by the town’s municipal band a century earlier.

Music from the programme of the closing concert of the season, attended by a thousand people that same week in 1910, was rebroadcast in situ, amongst the amusements and arcade games that now occupy the site, within the arcade building that echoes both the architecture and location of the original bandstand. The sound was made available via FM broadcast, to anyone visiting the site with a radio – while remaining otherwise ‘invisible’.

The work was developed through collaboration with local residents and historians, and from material discovered with local newspaper and photo archives.

This work is part of  Casado and Brookes’ ongoing Just a little bit of history repeating project, further details of which are available in Mike Brookes’ blog and archives and somethingshappens.com

 


 

 


Commissioned by B-side multimedia arts festival.