The Space Hijackers are a rag-tag bunch of subversive anarchitects. Trouble-making pirates with a warped sense of humour, they draw together their diverse skills to hijack the structures of power they see around them and turn them on their heads.
Since their first riotous party on London’s Circle Line in 1999, the Hijackers have sought to transform standard codes of dissent and resistance. They reject the reduced notions of space imposed upon society, and seek to prise open the cracks in everyday experience to reveal the possibilities beneath.
Following from the Situationist concept of detournement, the group take the language and methods of authority and dial them up to the point of absurdity, revealing inconsistencies in the dominant narrative.
Amongst other projects, the group have held a clothes swap in Top Shop; posted billboard-sized bust cards informing protesters of their rights if arrested; organised a gospel funeral in a coffee chain shop; and hidden subversive messages in the toilet rolls of both MPs and bankers. In 2008, amidst the blossoming financial crisis, they announced a closing down sale for the Bank of England.
In 2009 the Hijackers earned an extra layer of notoriety when they drove a blue “riot” armoured personnel carrier to the G20 protests in the City of London and were arrested for impersonating police officers.
More recently, as the Olympics rolled into town, and London went into hyper-copyrighted lockdown, the Hijackers announced themselves as Official Protesters of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In response to a law enforcement request to divulge their plans, the group went on to announce that they had been endorsed as Official Protesters by the police.