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See dancing robots and melting houses at Merge Festival

Posted at 12:35 pm, October 11, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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Unsure where to start with the many events taking place during Merge Festival? Here are two of our favourites to get you started.

A Pound of Flesh for 50p
Artist Alex Chinneck has created a life-size house out of wax that’s gradually melting throughout Merge Festival. The two-storey house looks pretty convincing (well, it did before it started melting) and is made of 8,000 wax bricks coated in terracotta sand to create a grittier appearance. If you’re questioning the safety of going to a house that’s melting to the ground, fear not, the melting process is controlled by handheld heating appliances. As it’s disintegrating daily, we’d advise heading down sooner rather than later. Until October 26, all day, 40 Southwark St, SE1 9HP.

dance machines
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Dance Machines
Visual artist Peter William Holden creates a mash-up of science, art and dance with his impressive (and slightly freaky) Dancing Machines. If you fancy watching a robot tap dance, make sure to visit and have a go at creating your own mechanical composition. There are 16 switches to play around with, each producing  different bursts of movement and sound. Until Sunday October 12, noon–7pm, 88 Borough High St, SE1 1LL.

Find out more about Merge Festival.

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