London artists on fiction and reality

14 October 2014 - 4 January 2015

MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today. These artists seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler: On resistance and non participation

Friday 14 November

"The Thames has a language of its own, from the ancient, frequently bastardised names of its tributaries, creeks and reaches to the plosive obscenities of Victorian watermen. As Peter Ackroyd observed, the Thames is a river of two distinct halves, like English culture itself: the upper river is bucolic, arcadian, a place for the dream-fugue and childhood idyll. The tidal, estuarine Thames is mercantile, at the historic heart of an often cruel empire, corrupt, brooding - its wide skies and indifferent waters leading to fears of the dissolution of self. Each makes its own weather."

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler

Philosopher Howard Caygill (author of On Resistance: a Philosophy of Defiance) and MIRRORCITY artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler extend an open invitation to members of the public to join them in contemplation of the tides on the beach at the Southbank. 


The day will culminate in a public discussion in the Hayward Gallery Project Space.

Date & Time

Friday 14 November, 9am - 6.30pm



Southbank embankment 9am - 6.30pm, followed by Hayward Gallery Project Space from 6.30pm



Free with same-day exhibition ticket.


Buy a ticket for Friday 14 November here