Avoiding the camera
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Avoiding the camera

During their time at wpZimmer, the duo, in collaboration with Tuur Marinus, have been developing new exercises that take the phrase Avoiding the camera as their starting point. Working with both video and stills cameras, they have been developing scenarios that result in videos, photo series and live performance.

Test exercise: Tuur Marinus avoiding the camera for one minute.
Test exercise: A game of two teams, in which the ‘Green team’ try to collaborate with the camera operator to get two of their team in the shot at all times, while the ‘Red team’ aim to disrupt this by adding a third person to the frame.

They Are Here

They Are Here is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison. They are based on the River Lea and London. They have worked together as They Are Here since 2006, often extending our collaboration to include those from all walks of life.

Many works 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 we have developed or presented work include: Camden Arts Centre, CCA Glasgow, Furtherfield, Grand Union, Konsthall C (Stockholm), National Theatre Studio, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, South London Gallery and STUK (Leuven, Belgium).