Vauxhall Pleasure

Tate Britain

Friday 6 August 2004

2 performances: 7 and 8pm (each 30 minutes)
Free – no ticket required

“Vauxhall Pleasure” is a multi-part protest piece. For the performance at Tate Britain, Eighteenth Century music and field recordings from the complex road junction at Vauxhall Cross ­ which covers part of the original site of the Pleasure Gardens- will form the basis of a new sound composition. The piece creates a dissonant sonic history of Vauxhall now and then: the Arcadian songs of Thomas Arne and his contemporaries polluted by the noise and rhythm of heavy city traffic at the site today.

“Vauxhall Pleasure” is a work by Anna Best and Paul Whitty, and is also part of Tempered Ground at the Museum of Garden History from 1 July.