Mourning Sickness by The Rough Band, Suffolk, 2019
Photo: Rebecca Gillies
The Rough Band is a collaboration between Robert Pacitti and Mark Offord, encouraging new community rituals. Described as 'the Ant & Dec of death' the duo create projects whi invite active participation.
Their Death Walks are a rolling series of ritual based walks in and around Suffolk. The first of these was The Pyre Parade, a public purging of bad news by fire, created in Ipswich during SPILL Festival in 2018, and again in 2019. The next Pyre Parade will be in SPILL in November 2020.
Their 2019 summer Death Walk was Mourning Sickness, a quieter boundary beating performance walk through Ipswich, marking a 'turning around' - of death to life, broken to fixed, and head to toe.
Their next walk is on 1 May 2020. Titled A Beating, details to be released.