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Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, Blast Theory.


Live Collision, Create & Dublin City Arts Office

Place: Off Site – throughout the city
Dates: 23 – 26 April, 2014
Time: This performance is accessible 24hrs per day

Tickets: Free. Visit for more details. 

Create is delighted to be partnering with Dublin City Council Arts Office and Live Collision to present DIAL ULRIKE AND EAMON COMPLIANT, a unique interactive work by the award winning Blast Theory –details below.  Blast Theory are renowned for their unique collaborations and interactions through technology. 

A digital interactive performance via mobile phone

Enter a world of bombings and kidnappings in this tense mobile phone work about political violence. To start, call a phone number marked on the wall. Choose whether you will be Ulrike or Eamon then hang up. Once you’re in position your phone rings: now your journey begins.

As you hear about the progression into violence and death you stare at the everyday surroundings. Find a vantage point, linger near a doorway or find a nearby bus shelter then use your keypad to make your choices. Listen in on TV appearances, the firebombing of a supermarket and the night that Benno was shot by a cop on a demonstration. Or, as Eamon, you reflect on getting beaten by soldiers as a teenager, the killing of Ivan Toombs and your rise to the ‘Nutting Squad’ in charge of internal security for the IRA. As Eamon and Ulrike reach the climax of their political actions, you too must make a choice. Hang up now and walk away. Or stay on the line…

A version of this work – Ulrike and Eamon Compliant – premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has since toured internationally. The world premiere of Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant took place at Frequency Festival in 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: Create, Dublin City Council, Arts Office and Live Collision are also delighted to announce a unique opportunity for artists in Ireland to participate in a day long workshop led by internationally renowned artists Blast Theory. This workshop is made possible with additional support from The Lir – Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Arts, British Council Ireland and the Science Gallery, Dublin. For booking details go to eventbrite.



Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media saturated world in which popular culture rules, using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us. Blast Theory is based in Brighton, UK.


Ju Row Farr is one of the founder members of Blast Theory. She trained to be a dancer until she was 20, then went to Canterbury College of Art to do a BTEC and Goldsmith’s to do a degree in fine art and textiles. She has taught and mentored extensively around the work of the Blast Theory, most notably a module in devising at De Montfort University, Leicester and mentoring artists in Australia and the UK. In 2000 she was one of seven live artists involved in the Legacy Project – based at Arnolfini and Prema. In 2001 she received a Live Art Development Agency bursary for professional development. During the same year she was commissioned by the Robert Pacitti Company to make Ease a short video work. In 2006, she took part in a creative cross-disciplinary lab called Concepting Pervasive Multi-User Applications organised by Sagasnet.  Ju Row Farr has sat on panels including for the Combined Arts Fund at the Arts Council and Shooting Live Artists.

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