They Are Here is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison. We are currently based in Birmingham and London.
We have worked together as They Are Here since 2006, often extending our collaboration to include those from all walks of life.
Our 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 we seek to create ephemeral systems and temporary, micro-communities that offer an alternate means of engaging with a situation, history or ideology.
Each They Are Here project has its own unique collaborative structure and hierarchies that emerge through the contributions of various invitees. These contributions may lie in the development of a work or its delivery. The potential of various models of collaboration is an on-going and foundational concern of They Are Here's practice. We continuously explore group dynamics, divisions of authorship and the effects of temporary engagements with practioneers of other disciplines.
We work as gatherers, editors, assemblers and facilitators to generate work.
They Are Here work across media and types of site particularly civic spaces. Institutions we have developed or presented work include: Arnolfini, Battersea Arts Centre, Camden Arts Centre, CCA Glasgow, Chisenhale Gallery, Grand Union, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), National Theatre Studio, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, South London Gallery, STUK (Leuven, Belgium), VIVID and Whitechapel Gallery.
From 2006 - 2008 we worked consistently with associate artists Joe Bell and Anne Jonsson.