The Simpsons Symposium, Organised by They Are Here – Saturday 26 May 2018
A screening and discussion with Harminder Judge, Nina Power, Rosalie Schweiker and They Are Here. Taking its cue from They Are Here’s new work, Welcome (2018) – which is inspired by a line from Homer Simpson in the episode Mom & Pop Art (1999) – the artists convened a panel of Simpsons’ enthusiasts. Their discussions touched on The Lisa Simpson Book Club, notable predictions of the future in the series, as well as the recent documentary The Problem With Apu (2017). Attendees were also welcomed to share their favourite clips via YouTube.
ROUTINE, an evening of live comedy by Londoners living precariously – Saturday 2 June 2018 and Sunday 3 June 2018
This new performance was initiated with an invitation to community activist groups across London to attend a series of free stand–up comedy workshops led by professional comedian Logan Murray. Participating groups include Migrants Organise, Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation Brixton, the Independent Workers Union, X–Talk and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service. The performances comprised a series of five minute routines presented in the gallery which has temporarily transformed into a comedy club, guest compered by The White Pube. ROUTINE offered a platform for Londoners living precariously to practice comedy as a vehicle to address the politics and intersection of self–representation, migration and the gig economy.