Project Overview

Hold Your Ground is a companion piece to Deep State, a larger film work by Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, scripted in conjunction with renowned author China Miéville. Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, and triggered by the artists’ discovery in Cairo of a pamphlet of instructions for pro-democracy demonstrators called ‘How to protest intelligently’, the piece dissects the ‘semantics’ of the crowd, and the resulting performative Speech Act.  Conceived for the site at Canary Wharf this work calls forth the struggle to turn ‘fugitive sounds’ into speech addressing an audience predominantly in transit.



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