Dominoes - current (2009)

Still from Copenhagen film, Metropolis/KIT, August 2013
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Jonathan Brisson
 Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Andy Craps
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Jonathan Brisson
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Jonathan Brisson
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by J C Brogneza
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Jorge Pinna
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Mara de Saria
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by J C Brogneza
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Mara de Saria
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Mara de Saria
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015.  photo by Mara de Saria
Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. photo by Andy Tierce
Lieux Publics, Marseille. photo by Vincent Lucas
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Adrien Bargin
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Vincent Lucas
Lieux Publics, Marseille. photo by Vincent Lucas
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Adrien Bargin
Lieux Publics, Marseille. photo by Vincent Lucas
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Adrien Bargin
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Xavier Valnet
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Adrien Bargin
Lieux Publics, Marseille.  photo by Vincent Lucas
Coventry Dominoes Coventry Dominoes
Coventry Dominoes Coventry Dominoes
Copenhagen, Metropolis/KIT, 1st August 2013, photo by Thomas Seest
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  Pre-film still
Still from Copenhagen film, Metropolis/KIT, August 2013
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  Pre-film still
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  Pre-film still
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  Pre-film still
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  Pre-film still
Copenhagen, Metropolis Festival/KIT, 1st August 2013, photo by Thomas Seest
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen 2013.  photo by Thomas Seest
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  film still
Copenhagen, Metropolis/KIT, 1st August 2013, photo by Thomas Seest
 
 Metropolis/KIT Copenhagen, 2013.  film still
Dominoes 3km route in Copenhagen for the opening of KIT Metropolis Festival, 1st August 2013
Dominoes in Helsinki, August 2012, photo by Simo Karisalo
Dominoes in Helsinki, August 2012, photo by Simo Karisalo
Dominoes in Helsinki, August 2012, photo by Simo Karisalo
Dominoes in Ljubljana, photo by Urska Boljkovac
Dominoes in Dijon, 2010, photo by Marine Thévenet
Map of Dominoes in Coventry 
Monday 26 May 2014.      Coventry Mysteries Festival
Dominoes, Dijon 2010    Photo Jonas Jacquel Dominoes Dijon  Photo Jonas Jacquel
Dominoes Dijon   Photo Jonas Jacquel
Dominoes Dijon   Photo Jonas Jacquel
Dominoes, London 2009     photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes  photo Simon Corder Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes in London    2009
photo Simon Corder Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder
Dominoes   photo Simon Corder

 

Dominoes takes as its starting point the simplest of ideas... a line of dominoes. Thousands of breezeblocks are used to create a moving sculpture which runs across the city, unfolding over the course of the day.

On streets, through parks, buildings and even on water, occasionally disappearing and then resurfacing, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances, the domino line threads its way through historical and everyday parts of the city, linking its diverse communities in a symbolic as well as physical chain of cause and effect.

Creating a celebration across the whole city, Dominoes transforms the rhythm of the city for one special day. Hundreds of volunteers and audience members gather together to make this exceptional and unique event.

Dominoes takes a simple concept and uses it to create an alternative vision of the city, counterpointing, complementing and playing with the architecture, and for a brief moment reclaiming the city streets for the inhabitants and the public.

Dominoes has the power to bring communities together through participation and engagement. Large numbers of people have the opportunity to become involved in the project and to be responsible for a major art event in their city. Participation in DOMINOES doesn’t require particular skills or significant time investment; everyone has the opportunity to take part and to be at the centre of this memorable event.

 

“It was exciting and madness at the same time, making it a very memorable event, also it was incredible the amount of people who were involved and as one of the volunteers I want to thank everyone for a rather unique Sunday.”, participant, London
"People are still talking about it, and the project really made an impact on a lot of people. I think we’ve never reached such a diverse group of people with a project." KIT, Copenhagen

 

Dominoes is a site-specific installation, a moving sculpture with possible performative elements, which can be recreated and adapted for different cities and contexts.
Winner of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE09 Art Award, Dominoes was originally created in London on 26 July 2009, linking the five ‘host boroughs’ for the 2012 Olympics. It was then re-created in many different scales :

• 750 metres in the medieval streets of DIJON, France for the opening of Diese festival on the invitation of Entre Cour et Jardins in July 2010. The domino line went through the historic streets of Dijon, enter into private courts and public buildings, leading up to the opening concert of the summer festival.

• 1km and a live screening for the opening of Mladi Levi Festival produced by Bunker in LJUBLJANA in August 2011, creating a moving and unique sharing moment for local residents, audience members and artists (see video).

• 4km live run and a film linking different areas in HELSINKI for the Night of the Arts in August 2012 produced by Helsinki Festival, the longest version with 10,000 blocks (see film). 

• A double bill joining 2 towns on each side of the French and Belgium border, BAILLEUL and POPERINGE, launching the new Biennale Nord Magnétic in May 2013. 

• 3km live run and a film linking other features of COPENHAGEN for the opening of Metropolis festival, produced by KIT, in August 2013, featuring the variety of architecture and neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, passing its way in and out houses, passages, churches and even the Court (see film on the link on the right, and flicker). 

• 1570m run in the modern and medieval city of COVENTRY for Coventry Mysteries Festival, in May 2014. The route wandered through all the architectural and social variations of the city to finish in the iconic Cathedral ruins. “ It was great to see the cultural diversity of the city, the people, eyes glowing, chasing after the dominoes, clapping and whooping all together. Lots of smiling and actually.... I think there was a clear sense of pride at the event happening in Coventry.” Participant in Coventry
 

DOMINOES is a site specific project which can be re-created in different contexts.

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Past performances

 

London - Create09 Festival, East and South London, 26th July 2009

Dijon - Festival Diese & Entre Cour et Jardins, 15th July 2010

Ljubljana - Bunker, Festival Madli Levi, 19th August 2011

Helsinki Festival 2012 - Night of the Arts, 23rd August 2012

Bailleul, France & Poperinge, Belgium - Festival Nord Magnetic, 17th May 2013

Copenhagen - Metropolis Festival, KIT, 1st August 2013

Coventry - Coventry Mysteries Festival, Monday 26th May 2014

Mulhouse - Scènes de rue, Saturday 19th July 2014

Marseille - Lieux Publics, Sunday 28th September 2014

Mons - European Capital of Culture 2015, Thursday 14 May 2015

Rennes - Les Tombées de la Nuit, Sunday 5 July 2015

Stockholm Festival, Saturday 15 August 2015

Cluj, Romania, - Saturday 26th September 2015

Melbourne - Arts Centre Melbourne, Saturday 6th February 2016

Rotterdam - Festival de Keuze, Sunday 20th March 2016

Milton Keynes - MK International Festival, Saturday 16th July 2016

London - London's Burning, Saturday 3rd September 2016

Bordeaux - Festival International des Arts de Bordeaux Métropole, Saturday, 1st October 2016 (Saint-Médard) and Sunday 2nd October 2016

 

UK Screenings

London, Rio Cinema, Hackney 16th July 2010
London, Whitechapel Gallery, 26th Sept 2010
London Book Art Fair, 18 Oct 2010
Aberystwyth, Wales, The Box Cinema / Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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Dominoes information pack (661.25 kb PDF)
Main Articles from Helsinki (5998.85 kb PDF)
Finland TV Coverage (28.5 kb DOC)