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.
“A two-kilometer-long domino ribbon of white building blocks has done more to bring together the neighbourhood, all ages and all cultures, then a decade of integration programs all together.”
– The Standard, Ghent
“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.”
"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
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:
- 1km and a live screening for the opening of Mladi Levi Festival produced by Bunker in Ljubljana in August 2011
- 4km live run and a film linking different areas in Helsinki for the Night of the Arts in August 2012 produced by Helsinki Festival
- A double bill joining 2 towns on each side of the French and Belgium border, Bailleul and Poperinge, for the new Biennale Nord Magnétic in May 2013
- 2km live run and a film linking different areas of Melbourne produced by Arts Centre Melbourne
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For more information on this project, please contact Ania Obolewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.