Taking its name from the Turkish term 'Derin Devlet', meaning 'state within the state', Deep State highlights the shadowy world of special interests and secret relationships that some believe control the world. The film looks at the history of protest around the world and the efforts of governments and organisations to weaken or dismantle popular uprisings.
Deep State is an 'audacious, semi-fantastical secret history' featuring a 'riotonaut' who time-travels visiting uprisings and demonstrations passing through 'holes created in history' by protests around the world.
The story is told through archive material, contemporary footage and speculation on what the future might hold. Mirza and Butler spent time on a residency at The Townhouse Gallery in Cairo just before the occupation of Tahrir Square began. This experience strengthened their interest in making a film that looks at protest, resistance and control.
The artists have been working together since 1998. Since 2007 they have created a strand of work called The Museum of Non Participation, a collection of audio-visual works, gestures and speech acts which has so far been presented in Germany, Egypt, Pakistan, Canada, and the UK. Mirza and Butler's work has been seen at the Serpentine Gallery (London), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Kunstverein Medienturm (Graz), as well as in Transport for London's Art on the Underground programme.
We're incredibly happy to be joined by the filmmakers for a Q&A after the screening.
Tickets for Deep State are available online, from the FACT Box Office or by phone on 0871 902 5737.