Live Collision 2014

LiveCollision Live Collision, the international live art festival, is on in Dublin until Saturday and there’s lots of fantastic things happening over the next few days.

Things like Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant by Blast Theory. My first job after university was with Blast Theory, working as a intern on Day of the Figurines in the Royal Festival Hall in London. It was a game played by text message and myself and the other game operators looked after the model town and keep it up-to-date, showing where everyone was and what was happening. It ran for 24 days – each day was an hour in the life of the game. It was an interesting first job, and they were lovely people to work with.

Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant sounds very different to Day of the Figurines. (And to be fair, generally all of Blast Theory’s work is very different to what has gone before.) This time “the game” takes place down the line of your mobile phone and sounds like a live action “Choose Your Own Adventure”. It’s free and running until April 27th.

There’s an interesting double bill tonight – Veronica Dyas’ This Is My Body and When We Were Birds by Anna Furse. The first piece seems to be very much about Dublin and the state the city and country is in right now, while the second is more about our place in the wider world. Tickets for both are €12/15.

I also really like the sound of Inspiration Exchange, presented by Third Angel and happening in the foyer of Project Arts Centre tomorrow (Friday, April 25) at 3-6pm and the Study Room Boxes which you can borrow from The Library Project in Temple Bar. There’s also the closing night Live Art Party which will include a summation from the Inspiration Exchange, along with other performances. All of these events are free, as is a new durational performance piece by Amanda Coogan I’ll sing you a song from around the town which is on in Project Cube on Saturday, 4-8pm.

If none of these tickle your fancy, have a look at the other performances on the Live Collision site or book through Project Arts Centre. I’d love to hear what you saw and what you thought of it!

Day of the Figurines by Blast Theory

Day Of The Figurines is the Blast Theory project that I am working with for the next month. It’s a text message game set in a fictional town that is littered, dark and underpinned with steady decay.

Blast Theory is an internationally renowned theatre company that uses interactive media to creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art. A lot of their performances aim to provide each member with a unique, individual experience. This is true of Day Of The Figurines where each player experiences the game through their “character” or figurine.

The game lasts for 24 days and each day represents an hour in the life of a small English town that shifts from the mundane to the cataclysmic. People playing the game do it via text messages. They can receive news, tasks and dilemmas and have to make decisions on behalf of their figurine. They can also chat to other players who are near them in the town.

The physical representation of the town is set up at the Southbank Centre and will be there until July 5th. And I will be there most of that time too, putting people into the game and moving all the little figurines around. You should all come and join the game or at least come and see the town – and visit me!

There is lots of other fun things happening at the Southbank that you can do as well. There’s the Psycho Buildings exhibition at the Hayward Gallery where you can float around in home-made boat and bounce in a giant inflatable sphere! Next weekend there’s Hide and Seek which is a festival “of social games and playful experiences”. There’s also the Lift Festival which has performances inside a lift! And Volume where you can walk around listening to music – that’s the best description I can come up with, it’s a bit weird. However, it is free and I think most if not all of the Hide and Seek games are free as well.

So you have no excuse to come down and see what’s going on at the Southbank – and visit me!

I’ll be there everyday from 12 – 8pm, Sunday 22nd June – Wednesday 2nd of July.

Day Of The Figurines, 12th June – 5th July

Psycho Buildings, until August 5th

Hide and Seek, 27th – 29th June

Lift Festival, 26th June – 6th July

Volume, 13th – 22nd June