The Laughing Bell

330 St James, London, SE1 5JX

So Cometh King Laugh


A group show of new, established and canonical artists whose work disintegrate popular political rhetoric through the manipulation of text and voice. The theme is taken from a passage in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in which laughter becomes a temporary relief from the pains of contemporary life: when shit can’t get any worse, laughter, groans and shouts become excessive non-verbal expressions of the absurd: Then tears come, and like the rain on the ropes, they brace us up, until perhaps the strain become too great, and we break. But King Laugh he comes like the sunshine, and he eases off the strain again, and we bear to go on with our labor, what it may be.” The exhibition will consist of a cross section of experimental text work (posters, prints, ephemera) and will incorporate a night of live performance from artists who create visceral responses to the ways in way text and language becomes a tool for political coercion as well as expressions of the erotic body.


Bob Cobbing, Henrik Heinonen, Hugh Metcalfe, Sue Tompkins, Richard Seaholme


Oscar Gaynor, Matthew Peers