vincenzo casali terry smith charles mason
graham fagen hidetoshi nagasawa stefan dornbusch
alistair wilson hans winkler gaetano mainenti
michele de marchi robert morris maurizio pellegrin
Blast Theory
Blast Theory 2009

de la warr pavilion

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant
A project by Blast Theory
4-7 giugno, 2009
4-7 June, 2009

reception Palazzo Zenobio:
sabato 6 giugno alle 11.00
Saturday 6 June at 11am

opening times:

dalle 10.00 - 18.00
from 10am - 6pm
30 minuti / 30 minutes continuamente durante l'arco della giornata / continually throughout the day

supported by:
Arts Council England
Turning Point South East
with the cooperation of:
Nuova Icona

Palazzo Zenobio (start here)
Fondamenta del Soccorso
Dorsoduro, Venice
Oratorio di San Ludovico,
Calle dei Vecchi 2552
Dorsoduro, Venice

catalogo disponibile:
catalogue available:


Press release Press release

Nuova Icona Press

Image on left:
Courtesy of Blast Theory

Arts Council England



Ulrike and Eamon Compliant
A project by Blast Theory,
commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant è un nuovo progetto di Blast Theory che si articola nello spazio urbano esplorando la dimensione soggettiva e snodandosi tra le strade, le piazze e le chiese di Venezia. Il pubblico diverrà interlocutore diretto della pratica artistica di Blast Theory che ha come proprio intento quello di indagare lo spazio dell'interattività, del dialogo, il limite sottile tra spazio pubblico e privato e i complessi meccanismi di orientamento e disorientamento. Protagonisti di storie parallele, gli spettatori saranno condotti attraverso i luoghi dell'insolito ed unico contesto urbano della città di Venezia.

Come arrivare:
Palazzo Zenobio, Fondamenta del Soccorso
Fermata "San Basilio"
vaporetto/motoscafo linee 2, 61, 62

English version

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant
A project by Blast Theory,
commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant is a new ambulatory work exploring subjectivity in the heart of the streets, squares and churches of Venice. It invites audiences to become participants and interlocutors with the artists.

As a participant you enter Palazzo Zenobio to find a phone. Press dial and a man on a video link answers. He asks you to put on a pair of sunglasses. He guides you out of the gallery and into the city. He asks you to choose between Eamon, a Customs Agent from Northern Ireland with four children, and Ulrike, a journalist and single mother based in Berlin. As you walk you receive a number of phone calls. It becomes clear that now you are the person you have chosen. It is you who has lived under cover, who has spied, who has robbed and killed. You have made the ultimate decision to risk your life to change the world.

The experience creates a parallel and, at times, unnerving reality to the physical world through which you are walking. You may choose to empathise or to be yourself. The calm voice on the phone invites your trust.
As your story unfolds you hear of arrests and interrogations. Of loved ones who have been left behind. As your empathy grows so does your complicity in the chain of events. What recording will you make as you sit on a bench near the military school? Will you choose to pull the hidden object from the water?

As you cross the bridge, a woman calls: “If you follow the man then I know you are ready to leave everything behind.” He leads you down an alleyway through a hidden doorway for a meeting and a glimpse through the two way mirror.

Blast Theory’s projects set the stage for dialogues to become revealing, delicate and meaningful as they hover between the private space of the web page or deserted alleyway and the public space of the internet, stage or urban thoroughfare. Given Blast Theory's history of locative projects in which context, orientation, and disorientation have been so central, Venice provides a perfect opportunity for the artists to develop this practice further.

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant  is a new commission curated by the De La Warr Pavilion. It seeks to profile a cutting edge and experimental cross media practice within a renowned visual arts platform, engaging new and different audiences through creative and interactive game play.  It signals a strand of the Pavilion’s artistic programme that seeks to explore and expand experimental cross-media practice, where the boundaries of both gallery and auditorium are unable to respond to ideas and where the audience experience is beyond the traditions of either exhibition or live performance.

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant is made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, Turning Point South East with the cooperation of Nuova Icona.

Editors’ Notes:

Ulrike Meinhof (1934 – 1976) was a German journalist who became notorious through her membership of the Red Army Faction. Her fraught relationship with fellow members Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin may have contributed to her suicide while awaiting trial in prison in 1976.

Eamon Collins ( 1954 – 1999) was an active member of the IRA’s Nutting Squad, in charge of internal security, before becoming an informer on whose evidence large numbers of the IRA were prosecuted.  He was murdered in 1999.

How to get to the starting point:
Palazzo Zenobio, Fondamenta del Soccorso
Boat stop "San Basilio"
vaporetto/motoscafo waterbus lines 2, 61, 62


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