Mind The Gap is a collaborative public art project initiated by Michelle Browne to work with artists, designers, architects and planners to look at open spaces in the city and consider new uses for them. Over the course of two months the group have explored areas across Dublin city considering how we can re-imagine our civic society. Throughout Absolut Fringe we will present a range of interventions that will inform and delight. The project is based at thisisnotashop on Benburb Street Dublin 7 where you can get information and contribute to our exhibition of ideas for the city.
Mind The Gap is an Absolut Fringe Commission.
Participants: Michelle Browne, Siobhan Carroll, Carolann Courtney, Mark Durkan, John Holten, Colm Keller, Issac Lawless, Bryan O’Connell, Jeni Roddy, Naomi Ronan, Tom Walsh, Chong Wang.
SEPT 5th - 4.30pm
Utopian Bus Tour – A guided tour through Dublin with a difference. Drawing on unrealised proposals for the city and imagining new uses for vacant spaces, the Utopian Bus Tour will guide you through an alternative vision for the city. Leaves from Smithfield Square.
SEPT 12th + 19th 8-11pm
Don’t Quote Me – Projected on the outside of the iconic Screen cinema, Mind The Gap looks to the silver screen to investigate Dublin’s current dilemmas. The city, planning, corruption, and the fall of a nation are explored through the history of cinema.
SEPT 7th -12th
Fare Play? – Taking off in a taxi from Foster Place, Mind The Gap will offer you a chance to learn about NAMA while visiting the sites of the nation’s current big question. Informed taxi drivers will explain the workings of NAMA and show you where it will all happen. Various times, limited space, booking essential. Email for details.
SEPT 11th + 18th 6pm - 6.30pm
Operetta – A lone performer looks out over the city and sings a lament to its citizens. Mind The Gap presents a solo operatic performance on Foster Place of arias that highlight the current plight of the city and its uncertain future.
SEPT 19th 12pm - 3pm
Flower Show – Following from the tradition of competitive window box competitions in the Smithfield area, Mind The Gap offer you the chance to come to Smithfield Plaza and design your own flower box display to be adjudicated by Lord Ross of Birr Castle, Father to Lord Oxmantown. Take this opportunity to bring plant life to the plaza.
SEPT 20th 3pm
The Big Freeze – Goethe famously said “architecture is frozen music.” Taking inspiration from the architecture of Smithfield Plaza, a brass band will perform The Ride of The Valkyries by Wagner. This collaborative performance highlights the peaks and troughs of Smithfield Square as a public space.
Public Seating – Mind the Gap will provide alternative public seating in the city for visitors and commuters over the course of Absolut Fringe. Seating will be provided on Aungier Street, Hawkins Street and other city centre locations
Sunken Site – Hammond Lane – A series of visual proposals will be presented for an unused site on Hammond Lane and Church Street. A collection of proposals taken from an open call from designers and architects explore the possibilities of the disused spaces in the city.
Thisisnotashop – The hub of the Mind The Gap operation, the gallery will host an exhibition of ideas for the city. Inspired by the urban myth that Santiago Calatrava designed the James Joyce bridge on the back of a napkin, we invite you, the viewer, to present your ideas for the city of an ever-expanding array of napkins. The gallery will also host The Smithfield Archive presenting the history of the area and unrealised proposals for its regeneration.