AboutMetal Militia takes is starting point as the events that led to the birth of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers on March 19th 1689, when in two hours a militia was raised for the defence of Edinburgh. This was done by a man walking through the town, beating a drum to raise attention. Following this, Berwick became the only town in the UK to have the right, by law, to raise a militia 'by beat of drum'.
The exhibition and performance will explore the artist's interest in the ceremony and peripheral activity attached to conflict and the military alongside his interest in a wider cultural history of heavy metal music and its associations with war, terror and death.
At the Gymnasium Gallery a sound and light installation will explore the wider historical discourse around the power of music by bringing together multiple drum samples from heavy metal music to create a powerful and immersive visual experience that is part-gig, part-fairground and part-horror film.
Metal Militia - the performance
Friday 6 June, 7pm - The Maltings Theatre & Cinema (Duration: 30 mins)
The exhibition will be accompanied by a unique musical collaboration between 5 members of Berwick RBL Pipe Band & Eyemouth RBLS Pipe Band and internationally renowned extreme metal drummer Nicholas Barker (currently of Lock Up/Brujeria, formerly of Dimmu Borgir, Exodus, Testament and Cradle of Filth). This one-off live performance will be filmed and screened at a later date in the Gymnasium Gallery during the Metal Militia exhibition.
Tickets to the performance and free but must be booked in advance via the Maltings Theatre & Cinema Box Office on 01289 330 999