By Blast Theory

A digital interactive performance via mobile phone

TO BEGIN, CALL +353 1 6917850

Enter a world of bombings and kidnappings in this tense mobile phone work about political violence.

To start, call a phone number marked on the wall. Choose whether you will be Ulrike or Eamon then hang up. Once you’re in position your phone rings: now your journey begins.

As you hear about the progression into violence and death you stare at the everyday surroundings. Find a vantage point, linger near a doorway or find a nearby bus shelter then use your keypad to make your choices.

Listen in on TV appearances, the firebombing of a supermarket and the night that Benno was shot by a cop on a demonstration. Or, as Eamon, you reflect on getting beaten by soldiers as a teenager, the killing of Ivan Toombs and your rise to the ‘Nutting Squad’ in charge of internal security for the IRA.

As Eamon and Ulrike reach the climax of their political actions, you too must make a choice. Hang up now and walk away. Or stay on the line…


A version of this work – Ulrike and Eamon Compliant – premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has since toured internationally. The world premiere of Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant took place at Frequency Festival in 2013.

Company Info

Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting.

Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology.

Four times BAFTA Award nominated, Blast Theory has shown work at Tate Britain, ICC in Tokyo, Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Biennale and the Royal Opera House. The group has also won the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica and the Maverick Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in the USA.


The presentation of this work is made possible by Live Collision, Create and Dublin City Council, Arts Office.

Live Collision, Create and Dublin City Council, Arts Office are also delighted to announce a unique workshop – Asymmetrical Participation + Digital Collaborations – a unique opportunity for artists in Ireland to participate in a day long workshop led by internationally renowned artists Blast Theory. This workshop is made possible with additional support from The Lir – Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Arts, British Council Ireland and the Science Gallery, Dublin.

Place: Off Site – throughout the city
Dates: 24 – 27 April
Time: This performance is accessible 24hrs per day, for the duration of the festival.
Tickets: Free