A NEW exhibition exploring the use of humour in contemporary art launches in Derby arts centre Quad from August 12.
Ha Ha Road presents the work of artists who play with a ‘rupture of sense’. Taking its title from the name of a street, the exhibition plays on its double meaning. Apart from its connection with laughter, a ‘ha-ha’ also refers to a type of sunken boundary: a wall or fence set into a trench, forming a hidden division in a landscape whilst preserving the scenic view.
Ha Ha Road is curated by Dave Ball and Sophie Springer and produced by Quad in collaboration with Mostyn Gallery.
In conjunction with Ha Ha Road, Ha Ha Hallway in Quad Corridors and Digital Screens is a Comic Strip exhibition with a variety of humorous narrative sequences in cartoon panels. Ha Ha Hallway is curated by Jill Carruthers and Stefanie Meier.
The exhibition opening event, on August 11 from 6pm, features live performances in Quad’s Gallery and Café bar from Bedwyr Williams, and ‘Ha Ha Shakespeare’ from 1623 theatre company and Lostboys productions. Doktor Cocacolamcdonalds will compere ‘Joke’oke Open Mike’ in QUAD. The opening event is free, and open to all.