It’s time to play the immigration game: steal jobs, indulge in health-tourism, scrounge on benefits and swarm your way to the British citizenship. Immerse yourself in the immigrant reality with the aid of EU and non-EU invaders and experience their exuberant UK lifestyle.
Trigger Warning is a collection of traditional village fête games, with a distinct foreign twist. Inspired in equal measure by the addictiveness of hook-a-duck and persistent xenophobia perturbing from headlines, the piece invites the audience to step directly into the shoes of a stereotypical immigrant. It's the perfect Brexit day-out activity.
Trigger Warning is a stand-alone participatory installation that stemmed from Eastern Europeans for Dummies, a studio show devised by the company. In 2016, the piece took part in Art Car Bootique (Chapter, Cardiff), Migration Matters Festival (Sheffield) and Journeys Festival International (ArtReach, Leicester).
The installation was further developed for Who Are We?, a week long Tate Exchange programme on borders and belonging, curated by Counterpoints Arts. At Tate Modern, Trigger Warning was, for the first time, invigilated by Eastern Europeans of different professional, economic and generational experiences, opening the public arena to an immigrant community that rarely gets seen or heard.
Devised by There There
Game Design: Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Trigger Warning research collaborators (Tate Exchange): Hannah Jones (Warwick University) and the Mapping Immigration Controversy team
Trigger Warning invigilators: by Eva Hroncekova, Judita Vivas, Nina Markovic-Obiago, Sonya Gencheva, Svetoslava Raklyova and Tewfiq Al-Sharaiyra (Tate Exchange), Anca Dimofte, Magdalena Ratajczak, Nada Smiljanić (NMM), Abbi Charlotte, Emily Clark (b-side), Olga Plakhotnik, Frangton Chiyemura (Bar Bar Black Sheep)
Photos: Patrícia Venâncio Oliveira, Neil Clarke, Dana Olărescu, Joseph Priestley, Matt Cawrey, Maria Tanjala