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

The Prosperity Project: Jesse Jones

(Office of Public Works (OPW) & The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) under Per Cent for Art Scheme; Supported by Create)

Title: The Prosperity Project – a durational conference + permanent artwork
Artist: Jesse Jones in collaboration with associate artists.

Dates: May 2013-January 2014
Location: The Convention Centre Dublin and other venues

Events to date:
The Green Machine Bicycle Tour - May 14, 2013

WANT, The Prosperity Project launch event - May 17, 2013
The Prosperity Project: LAND - June 8, 2013
Them and Us: A Performative Reading of the Financial Crisis - September 27, 2013
Dawn of the Truth Wizards - July 31, 2014

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


The Office of Public Works, The Convention Centre Dublin are delighted to announce that this Spring Irish artist Jesse Jones will commence, in collaboration with associate artists and thinkers, The Prosperity Project, a significant public art commission for The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), a landmark building in Dublin’s Docklands area.

Jones will engage with both The CCD site, the residents in 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. Her work will culminate in a permanent artwork to be installed in The Convention Centre Dublin.

In much of her work, Jones seeks to explore historical instances of communal culture that resonate with contemporary society and politics. Last year she created The Other North, with Artsonje Centre Seoul, a film project inviting reflections on notions of geographic and historical North-South significance and their impact in Korean and Irish history.

Following on from this successful commission in Seoul last year, Jones will now conduct this nine month long durational ‘conference’ called The Prosperity Project. Jones is curious to interrogate the assumptions about ‘prosperity’ that grew up during Ireland’s boom years. Over the course of the nine months Jones will initiate a number of projects which will create platforms for collaboration and debate with a larger group of national and international artists, thinkers and communities. The program for the durational conference has key elements of sociability clustered around the themes: WANT, LAND, WORK, PROSPER and will culminate in a sonic motion performance and a final permanent artwork. The multi layered collaborative work will also engage with a broader audience and bring together a provisional elective community drawn from the Docklands and Dublin’s workers and urban dwellers. This community of interest will become engaged participants for the duration of the project and will act as ‘research delegates’ in the nine-month program of lectures and performance events.

Looking both outward and inward, Jones will invite Dublin’s key thinkers and analysts as well as an international cohort of artists which include Kyungso Park, renowned Korean gayageum player and Lydia Kavina, world’s leading theremin player who has worked with David Cronenberg and Tim Burton. Other artists who will be involved include harpist Cormac de Barra, food philosophers MOUTH (Edia Connole, Scott Wilson), Iain Boal, Chi Yang Wang and more.

Artist Jesse Jones has carefully conceived the work around ideas of social relations, interconnectedness and knowledge exchange. Jones’ wants to kick start a debate on ‘relational prosperity’ – examining with sophistication and complexity ideas about social bonds and connections between people. She places value on the social encounter and The Prosperity Project will be a nine month long exploration of the richness of social bonds as a resource as well as placing notions of prosperity within broader global and historical trends, encouraging the creation of a discourse which looks for alternatives to the fixed vocabularies of austerity and fearfulness.

Debate will play a crucial role in the durational conference as Jones stages a public debate on Prosperity and The Avant Garde inviting leading thinkers and writers to contribute. This public debate is intended to raise questions about the role of art in times of prosperity and in times of social upheaval. Jones will also initiate a mini residency with oral historian Iain Boal to collect stories and register more ephemeral dialogue within the local community in order to map the shifts and effects of the recent economic changes on the city of Dublin. The final permanent artwork Prosperity by Jones will be drawn from the collated research process. The artwork will be constructed by Jones and will be installed in The Convention Centre with a specialized installation team in January 2014 making this the final moment in the project.

The Prosperity Project is also proposing new approaches to ‘public art’ – both in its intent to include the public as ‘an elective community’ and its playfulness in subverting the idea of the artist as solitary genius figure employed to leave a monolithic monumental legacy. It looks toward the creation of new models of public art for the 21st century.

By commissioning The Prosperity Project in partnership with the OPW an Irish state agency, The CCD is displaying confidence in young Irish artists, it is providing a showcase for Irish art to an international and national audience and it is promoting contemporary Irish art.

More details on the event schedule and how to get involved are on this website and on The Prosperity Project Facebook page.

To interview Jesse Jones or for further media information contact Katrina Goldstone, Create, 01-4736600

The commission is jointly funded under the Irish Government's Per Cent for Art Scheme and The Convention Centre Dublin and supported by Create the Irish National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts. Produced by Lynnette Moran.


Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones is a Dublin based artist. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her films and videos explore historical gestures of communal culture through processes of disruption and ambiguity which may hold resonance in our current, social and political landscape. Jones often employs Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement to play out narrative s of conflicted or dystopic communities. Drawing from the archival research she has recently developed works with transcripts of encounter therapy groups from the late sixties and early seventies. Using these as scripts to be performed by actors as verbatim theatre, the script becomes a dramatisation of the moment of origin rather than re-enactment. With a strong reference to the history of cinema, Jones use melodrama and performance to heighten the re-experiencing of the archival material. Seeing group therapy as script reveals the interpersonal exchanges and textures of gender, sexuality, race and class as the fabric of social construction itself.

Solo exhibitions include 'The Other North', Artsonje Centre, Seoul and The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry (2013); 'Sleepwalkers', The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); 'The Struggle Against Ourselves', Spike Island, Bristol (2012) and REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. Jones will be participating in group exhibitions in 2014 such as 'Otherwise', Alternativa Festival WYSPA, Gdansk, Poland; 'Invisible Violence', Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM Basque Country; 'The Talking Cure', Oakville Galleries, Toronto and IMA Brisbane, Australia. Other forthcoming exhibitions include 'Primal Architecture' at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Seoul Media City Biennnial at SEMA Seoul Museum of Art 2014 and a solo exhibition at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. The final artwork from ‘The Prosperity Project’, a major commission by Jones for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), will be completed in 2015.

Office of Public Works (OPW)

The OPW manages State property and State Buildings throughout the country. It has approximately 2,000 employees in more than 100 locations around Ireland. The OPW is one of the oldest State bodies in Ireland, having been originally established in 1831.The OPW's mission is to use its experience and expertise in its mandated areas of operation to provide innovative, effective and sustainable shared services to the public and its clients.

The OPW is responsible for the management of the State art collection which comprises of c.15,000 works. These works include both historical and contemporary paintings, original prints, sculpture, fine-art and decorative objects, music, and poetry. The Collection is located in State buildings throughout Ireland. Over 98% of the Collection is on permanent display in public buildings and heritage properties and these locations include many Government offices, parks, Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin Castle, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Farmleigh, Leinster House, Government Buildings, Garda stations, the Four Courts and certain other Court facilities.

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD)

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) is Ireland’s first purpose-built international conference centre, situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. The CCD has hosted over 700 events since opening in 2010, including the ‘return’ event of Queen Elizabeth II in May 2011, Euroscience Open Forum 2012 and the International Bar Association Conference 2012. The CCD has won a total of 22 Industry Awards to date, including being named as one of the top four convention centres in the world at the AIPC Apex Awards in 2012 and winning gold for ‘‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012 and 2013, and gold for ‘Access Excellence’ at the UK M&IT Awards 2012. For more information, please visit


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