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.

Tai Shani: Dark Continent Performances

Thursday 30 October, Friday 14 November and Saturday 6 December

Tai Shani’s dreamlike, cinematic installations focus on a non-place situated somewhere between historical fact, myth and science fiction. Her multidisciplinary practice, comprising performance, film, photography and installation, revolves around experimental narrative texts. In Dark Continent, her new work for MIRRORCITY, she imagines an allegorical city of women, a place that is ‘simultaneously internal and geographic, past and future, part ruin, part construction, existing between destruction and becoming.’ 


The themes and narratives in the installation are given an extra dimension in this sequence of live performances that unfolds over the course of the exhibition. Both the installation and the performances include a commissioned score by multi-instrumentalist Chlöe Herington.


Each performance lasts approximately 30 minutes.



Date & Time

30 October, 7-7.30pm

14 November, 6.30-7pm and 8-8.30pm

6 December, 5-5.30pm and 6-6.30pm



Hayward Gallery



Free with same-day exhibition ticket


Buy a ticket for 30 October, 14 November and 6 December here


Tai Shani, Dark Continent, 2014 © the artist, 2014. Photo: Roger Wooldridge