Trigger Warning is a participatory installation that merges traditional games from English village fêtes with the xenophobia of the media’s anti-immigrant, and specifically anti-Eastern European rhetoric. The audience is invited to experience the life of a typical immigrant as imagined by the British media over the last decade: the job-stealing, benefits-scrounging, non-integrated Eastern European.
Devised by There There, a 50% Serbian, 50% Romanian performance duo, Trigger Warning is invigilated by a group of Eastern Europeans of different professional, economic and generational experiences. The artistic material is handed over with no attached agenda, giving the invigilators agency to disagree with the artists, the games, or the audience. Sharing the cultural capital and significance of the Tate Modern space between artists, invigilators and active audiences, Trigger Warning proposes a new platform for integrated post-referendum discussions on immigration.
Game Design: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
There There ran Trigger Warning on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March 2017.
There There and Hannah Jones was in conversation at 14:30 – 17:00 on Saturday 18 March 2017.
There There is a company conjured up in London by Dana Olărescu and Bojana Janković. Their work explores contemporary immigration, national identity and exclusion through performances, installations, participatory pieces and audience development projects. The company has performed around the UK, including at SPILL, Experimentica and Rich Mix.