A new live audio-visual performance from collaborative practice They Are Here.
In summer 2018 Helen Walker and Harun Morrison documented their three hour journey along the River Lea, from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire to Ponders End, North London. Restricting themselves to a fixed camera angle aboard the narrowboat Bruno, the footage captures a ‘slice-of-life’ on the water: boaters doing repairs, cyclists, joggers, plant-life, swans and various buildings: distilleries, boat-yards, cafes, pubs and bridges.
This footage is the basis of a new audio-visual work, with a score comprising field recordings of wildlife, snatches of migrants’ songs & ambient electronic music. These sounds will be live-mixed to create an enveloping, free-ranging meditation on the relationships between ecology, migration and the urban environment.
Between 2019 and 2020, They Are Here are undertaking a research residency at Arts Catalyst.
They Are Here (f.2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison. They are currently based in London and on the River Lea. Their work can be read as a series of context specific games. The entry, invitation or participation can be as significant as the game's conditions and structure. Through these games, they seek to create ephemeral systems and temporary, micro-communities that offer an alternate means of engaging with a situation, history or ideology. They Are Here work across media and types of site, particularly civic spaces. Institutions they have developed or presented work include: CCA Glasgow, Grand Union, Konsthall C, Southbank Centre, South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire, STUK and Tate Modern.