Protect & Survive -
an Illustrated Installation
Protect & Survive is a fictional comic set inside in a nuclear bunker. It was written, illustrated and produced by Juliet Sugg. It is also a giant, immersive installation.
Its story unfolds via illustrated ‘moments’, a huge narrative diagram, audio fragments, sculptural dioramas and performance.
It is a theatrical experience, essentially a live graphic novel, whereby viewers are provided narrative only by stepping into a replication of the bunker; inhabiting its drama and watching the characters relive its story. The artist invites both the viewer and performer to confront subject matter in a candid and personal manner.
An ambitious project, which involved physical theatre, set design and artwork it was
first produced in collaboration with Kunsthaus Curators in November 2013 in a surviving WW2 underground bunker in Dalston.
Due to its successful run in 2013 it was reprised in November 2014 and then again as part of the Haunted Halls experience at Hornsey Town Hall in October 2015. It was also exhibited as a retrospective of the show in Bootstrap Gallery 2015.
Protect & Survive was the artist's intention to bridge a gap between two-dimensional illustration, performance and installation, moving the perceived medium of comics forward and pushing the boundaries of narrative art.
The full comic and prints from the show are also available.