The Total Destruction of Margate

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The Total Destruction of Margate was a sci-fi performance art extravaganza created for Limbo Arts 2011 live art season Art Lands On Alien Landscape.

Art Lands On Alien Landscape was curated to coincide with Turner Contemporary’s opening season and "discussed the idea of alienation, looking at how regeneration interacts with (or perhaps stands apart from) the historical identity of a location." (Limbo Arts)

The Total Destruction of Margate drew inspiration from sixties Doctor Who and the BBC's economical yet inventive use of costumes and sound effect to terrify children and enthral adults. The aim was to create a broadly accessible piece, but as with all good sci-fi, it projected critical concerns about what the contemporary world in which was created.

Margate faces big changes. Would the new museum really be able to regenerate the town? Or, as suggested by one resident who remembered Margate's hey day, would the money have been more wisely spent on a massive new sun deck? Would Margate tradional clientele feel embraced or excluded by the strange world of contemporary art? Boutiques, coffee shop and artist studio were already springing up around the new museum, but could they ever really sit comfortably alongside the more traditional sea side arcades and chip shops or would one drive out the other?

Sea Monster stories often arose from people's fears and anxieties. Margate abandoned amusement arcades, Victorian alleyways, crumbling tower blocks and closed up shops disguised by painted facades made the perfect backdrop for a B Movie story.

The Total Destruction of Margate unfolded at venues throughout Margate during the afternoon of Saturday 7th May.  

A free art / sci-fi publication to accompany the project was also published by Limbo Arts

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Photos by V Morris
Special Thanks to Limbo Arts, Prangsta, Jim Lockey, Theo Morris, Sheree Morris, Kitty Newman, Hannah Cutler, David Bangs, The Shell Grotto and the people of Margate.

For more information please contact
Frog Morris
frogmorris@ frogmorris.net

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Map of Sea Monsters
Featured in a leaflet distributed by Margate Sea Monster Society
Comicstrip
Comic strip featured in Art Lands on Alien Landscape magazine distributed by Limbo Arts
Comicstrip
Comic strip featured in Art Lands on Alien Landscape magazine distributed by Limbo Arts
The Total Destruction of Margate
A strange Professor arrives in Margate harbor...
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A fisherman warns people about the sea monsters
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Monsters emerge on Margate beach
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A Foul Tentacled Fish Wife is sighted roaming Margate sea front
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More strange fish people emerge on Margate beach
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A terrifying army of Sea Monsters assemble on Margate beach, ready to ravage the town.
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Monsters confront unsuspecting holiday makers on Margate beach
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Barnacus the Man Mollusc leaps Margate Sea Wall
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Invading Sea Monster breach Margate's sea defences
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Local media arrive to report the Sea Monster attack in Margate
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Sea Monsters continue the incursion into the town
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Eurypterids Queen of Crustaceans ransacks the town in search of treasures
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Aegir the Empress of the Fishes shocks holiday makers the Beach Bar!
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Eurypterids Queen of Crustaceans scuttles up Margate High Street
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Sea Monsters attack a local bar and strip joint
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Sea Monsters roam the streets
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Eurypterids Queen of Crustaceans charges through highstreet shops
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The Monsters of Margate were awoken by construction work on the Turner Contemporary and now they attack!
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A tentacle sea monster invades the Turner Contemporary
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The Professor hunts down the Sea Monsters at Turner Contemporary
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Barnacus terrifies residents of Margate
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The Professor explains he has now brought the Sea Monsters under his total control using runes from Margate Shell Grotto
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The Monsters are mesmerised by the Professor’s strange symbols
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The Professor announces that now he controls the monsters, he plans use their power to destroy Margate and then hold the British Government to ransom!
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The Sea Monster rise up against the Professor, his runes are not as authoritative over the Monsters as he calculated.
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The Sea Monsters chase the Professor and capture him in his lab.
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The Sea Monster say they don't want to destroy Margate, in fact they really like the recent changes to the town and now they want to stay and set up their own Cafe Art Gallery project. The Sea Monsters want to make friends and invite everyone for drink at the Lifeboat Inn.