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The Iconic Apollo Pavilion turns 50 this year and to celebrate the milestone Artichoke, the producers of Lumiere Durham, have announced that Berlin-based collective Mader Wiermann have been commissioned to produce a site-specific light and video installation which will be projected onto the facade of the Pavilion, taking place across two nights from Friday 22nd March – Saturday 23rd March, 6pm – 9.30pm.

Celebrating the three major sources of inspiration which artist Victor Pasmore drew on when designing the structure, the installation will allude to the moon landings with projections of the shadow of the Apollo landing shuttle. The installation will also incorporate monochrome geometric patterns, which reflect the Bauhaus style, and out of these bold lines will emerge amorphic forms which evoke the paintings of Pasmore.

Following the installation in March, Artichoke will also deliver a community-based learning and education project. The project will see 15 local young people invited to take part in a series of masterclasses in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama BA course in Video Design for Live Performance, with the resulting new work showcased at Lumiere in November 2019.

The installation has been commissioned by Durham County Council and launches a year-long programme of community activity and engagement celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo Pavilion and 100 years since the founding of the German Bauhaus School of Art.

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