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10-02-2010

The Public

Ever thought you’d like to break a world record? The Public in West Bromwich are giving you the chance this coming Saturday.

More robot dancers are needed for a world record attempt at the Public in West Brom town centre on Saturday 13th February. Visitors will be led in their funky machine moves by artist James Johnson-Perkins in a bid to smash the record for the most people doing robotics in costume.

The Public's Saturday Art Club has been making costumes in the run-up to the record attempt and will have a final session in the morning, 10am to 12noon. James has put together a simple robot dance and people of all ages can get involved. To see the dance, go to www.johnson-perkins.co.uk The fun starts with a warm-up at noon, with the record attempt starting at 1.30pm.

James also opens an exhibition of robots made from Mega Bloks at the Public on February 10th and a series of workshops where people can create their own robot metropolis and use digital photography to bring their creations to life.

The workshops are free and run from February 13 to 16 from 10am-2pm although pre-booking is necessary. James said: "It's a great privilege and pleasure to be invited to The Public to display a new installation of my works. As part of Robot Invasion, people can get involved in the workshops to make an awesome landscape from Mega Bloks, which will also form part of the exhibition."

It’s good to see that after all the years of controversy and the abuse the Public has suffered, it’s finally doing it was intended for – getting the local population engaged in art projects. Best of luck to them in the robot dance attempt but one question. Will Peter Crouch be invited?

For further information look at www.thepublic.com or call 0121 533 7161

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