The Gopher Hole is a new architecture, art, music, design, literature & miscellaneous culture gallery/venue in Hoxton.
A collaboration between aberrant architecture and Beatrice Galilee, our agenda is to explore new ways of curating ideas in popular culture and to provide a forum for critical debate on the arts and society.
The Gopher Hole is planning a rolling programme of exhibitions, events, talks and screenings that we hope will provide an open house for ideas that cross cultural boundaries, promote political and sociological thinking and encourage debate and exchange between disciplines.
The Gopher Hole is part of El Paso, a bar, workplace and diner run by Ossie Mustafa located in Shoreditch in East London.
El Paso is a city directly located on the US / Mexico border and a Gopher Hole is US military slang for the spontaneous, self made smuggling tunnels that are used to move and distribute illicit materials beneath this type of fortified international boundary. The temporary, small-scale incursions often tap into existing infrastructure and only exist for a few weeks / months before being discovered or collapsing back into themselves.
In the same vein, The Gopher Hole aims to scratch below the surface of popular culture, investigating subject matter that often lies just below the radar. Working with established as well as emerging artists, architects, writers and designers, each exhibition will cross disciplinary boundaries before rapidly disappearing, then re-emerging in new forms elsewhere.