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The Prosperity Project: WANT, Jesse Jones (2012).

The Prosperity Project: Jesse Jones

May 2013-January 2014

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) under the Per Cent for Art Scheme supported by Create the national development agency for collaborative arts

Opening Event: WANT

with Iain Boal, Kyungso Park, Cormac de Barra and Jesse Jones

Date: 17TH May
Time: 18.30
Venue:  Smock Alley Theatre
Admission: Free
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WANT is the opening event of Jesse Jones’ major public art commission The Prosperity Project.   

WANT will feature an introduction by artist Jesse Jones to The Prosperity Project and a lecture by social historian Iain Boal on ‘Feasts and Famines’ reflecting on austerity and the role of the commons. Boal’s lecture will connect to and emerge from research he conducts with Dublin Docklands’ residents leading up the May 17th event. The WANT event will be the culmination of an intense week long cross-disciplinary collaboration that also include a musical collaboration between Korean gayageum artist Kyungso Park and leading Irish harpist Cormac De Barra, which will be a performative call and response between Ireland and Korea.

During May, Jesse Jones and Iain Boal, an Irish social historian of science and technics, will engage in a weeklong residency in Dublin’s Docklands area, as a preface to WANT and key to the shaping of the event. Jones and Boal will meet with local communities and workers from The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD). Over the course of the residency, they will conduct cycle tours and exploratory conversations around themes of prosperity and post-prosperity. Alongside her work with Iain Boal, Jones will initiate a collaborative relationship between Kyungso Park, one of Korea’s most active Gayageum artists, and renowned Irish harpist Cormac De Barra. Together Park and De Barra will stage a unique musical collaboration.

This opening event will also act as a sign up moment for an ‘elective community’ who will work with Jesse Jones over the course of the year, culminating in a permanently installed new artwork in The Convention Centre Dublin.

Throughout the duration of The Prosperity Project, working programmatically Jones hopes to generate cross-fertilizations of practices both nationally and internationally in order to activate a type of social prosperity through encounter and open up a conversation about our recent economic events through a global cultural perspective.

This durational conference The Prosperity Project invites an elective community to take part in events and research over the coming months.

To get involved and for a programme of events, check Create's website and The Prosperity Project on Facebook.


This Spring Irish artist Jesse Jones will commence, in collaboration with associates artists and thinkers, The Prosperity Project, an ambitious public art project in a variety of locations including The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands. Jones will engage with both The CCD site, residents in the surrounding Docklands area and with the broader urban community to interrogate meanings of prosperity and scarcity and the historical parallels and resonances which are interwoven into the narrative of Irish deprivation, past and present. In much of her work, Jones seeks to explore historical instances of communal culture that resonate with contemporary society and politics.


Jesse Jones

Iain Boal

Cormac De Barra

Kyungso Park

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