Jeremy Deller explores the illegal raves and pagan rituals of Stonehenge
November 2, 2018
Featuring experimental performances from the London Sinfonietta.
Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has curated a centenary celebration to mark 100 years since Stonehenge was gifted to the United Kingdom.
It featured an inflatable, life-sized replica of Stonehenge called Sacrilege, on loan to English Heritage by The Store X The Vinyl Factory, and exhibited from the 26th to 28th, alongside performances by London Sinfonietta on the 26th, and increased access to the grounds throughout the weekend.
Sacrilege previously toured the UK in the summer of 2012 as part of a national Olympic tour.
The celebration continues Deller’s exploration of the intersection between rave cultural and English heritage, as seen in his 1997 work Acid Brass, which featured brass band cover versions of acid house tracks, and English Magic, which featured west London steel drum band The Melodians.
The installation also featured in Deller’s 2013 film English Magic – premiered at Venice Biennale in 2013 – with a soundtrack of the same name released on limited 3×12″ and standard variants by The Vinyl Factory.
Watch the video above.
With thanks to English Heritage and London Sinfonietta.