"Babycastles just had the most incredible stay in Dublin we could’ve ever had. I felt through the Homestay program, I had the wonderful chance to meet every single person doing everything exciting in Dublin all in about a single week, and that I could go back there at any time and return to a city that feels like home. This is really a result of various pieces of the Homestay program, including artist co-habitation (just makes sense), an incredible welcome dinner party, continuous engagement, and the fact that when your home city sinks in an unprecedented devastating hurricane and you’re stuck waiting for an extra week in Dublin for the next flight home, you actually feel really, really lucky."
#hospitality in contemporary art
"Housing international artists for the HOMESTAY project this Summer was a unique experience of hosting, art and Dublin life. Two lovely french artists, a robotics expert and an urban activist, gave us an insiders experience of the Science Gallery and the Hack the City exhibition. It was a really positive experience!"
Luna Dolezal, HOMESTAY host
HOMESTAY Guest Post on the Science Gallery Blog →
Yay! The Science Gallery have commissioned HOMESTAY to take place again, for their exhibition GAME in November. As part of this they invited me to contribute a guest post to their blog. You can read it on their site, linked above, or just here:
Festivals, gigs and art shows survive by tapping into invisible but very real networks of swapping and sharing resources. HOMESTAY is about celebrating and making visible these existing and essential networks of shared resources.
HOMESTAY is a project I initiated for HACK THE CITY at Science Gallery over summer 2012. It was pitched as ‘an experiment in hospitality’ and what I intended to do was house the artists vistiting to take part in the festival in local people’s homes instead of in hotels. It seemed necessary for an exhibition that was about hacking existing networks of a city to consider where the artists making work were going to live while they were in Dublin. I wanted to take the usually invisible logistical aspect of accommodating artists and make it an integral concept of the exhibition.
Alongside the practical side of saving resources, I wanted to create a more intimate experience of the city for the visiting artists. Hosts were encouraged to take their visitors to their favourite places in the city, share their knowledge of Dublin and offer them advice on good places to go. In my role I acted as a meditator between participants and the audience of HACK THE CITY; linking artists with potential hosts, making suggestions, ensuring communications ran smoothly, arranging meetings and also co-ordinating parallel events such as a reading group, film screenings on the theme of hospitality, and two large feasts for people involved.
HOMESTAY was conceived as an experiment because in setting out I genuinely did not know if it would be a good idea or not. There were many risks involved: what if I couldn’t find enough hosts, or if a host and artist dynamic didn’t work and people fell out? What if I caused more work for the gallery, or if the idea just ended up as a poorly organised version of Couchsurfing? Fortunately my worries were not realised and the project worked out to be a success, beyond my own expectations and, I think, those of Science Gallery. Now HOMESTAY has been commissioned for another stint, housing artists arriving to take part in the GAME exhibition in November. I’m hoping previous hosts will open their doors again to visiting artists, but moreso that this will be an opportunity for new hosts to share their space with an interesting visitor.
What does it take to be a HOMESTAY host?
Right now I’m seeking hosts to put up artists arriving in November to participate in the GAME
exhibition at Science Gallery. The artists arriving are making really interesting work, and it would be brilliant to have them stay with dedicated Dublin hosts.
There are three basic requirements to hosting an artist through HOMESTAY that we ask each host to fulfill:
- Do you have a spare room or room that can be made private for the extent of the artist’s stay?
- Do you have working WiFi in your home?
- Are you living in proximity to Science Gallery (30 minutes or less by walking, cycling or public transport)?
Becoming a HOMESTAY host you’ll get invited to a number of free food and film events with the artist staying with you, and be entitled to a limited edition HOMESTAY hospitality bag.
HOMESTAY is seeking hosts for GAME, the next exhibition launching in Science Gallery, in November 2012. If you are interested in becoming a host, or you know someone who might be please get in touch and spread the word. You can email memoriesmademanifest at gmail dot com for more information and to sign up as a host.
The wonderful COCOOK team stayed across Dublin in local people’s homes as part of HOMESTAY earlier this month.
cocook team is ready for the Interactivos?’12 exhibition opening @ScienceGallery
photo by Christine Gates
Hack The City – Interstitial Insertions Workshop
#hack the city
Applications are open for another exciting Hack the City workshop by artists staying in Dublin with HOMESTAY!
Deadline: 10th August | Workshop: 14th – 19th August | Times: 10am – 8pm | Exhibition: 18th – 19th August.
Calling all architects, designers, artists, geographers and urban planners, we invite you to take part in the third HACK THE CITY lab. Building on Interactivos? and the IdeaLab, INTERSTITIAL INSERTIONS, provides you with an opportunity to work with leading architects, geographers and urban planners, who will guide you through a process for developing ideas for such city insertions. Outcomes of the workshop will be displayed as part of the HACK THE CITY programme and the Studiolab projects. Lead by Greg Keeffe (Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast School of Architecture), Dr. Nick Dunn (Author and Principal Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture) & Dr. Alma Clavin (urban planner and geographer working at the School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway) this 5-day workshop, will focus on developing workable design propositions for in-between and leftover spaces in the city. Participants will be lead through a process which critically reflects on theoretical and practical methodologies and approaches for urban design.
The workshop will open to between 18-24 participants. Workshop coordinators and technical support will be available from 10am – 8pm for the duration of the 5-day workshop. Admission is free. No materials or costs for production will be provided but assistance with visual design, mapping and critical development of the projects will be given. Application should be submitted to: Teresa Dillon, Curator, Hack the City or email Teresa.Dillon@sciencegallery.com. Full details on the call and workshop process can be found at: www.sciencegallery.com/interstitialinsertions
#hack the city
I have no pics or sounds but wonderful memories
so just a sentence about this nice experience :
plunge into the cold Irish sea, listen concerts in apartments, discover neighborhood with street parties, practice my first yoga trainning, taste a delicious homemade syrup, meet nice people, live in a huge house, Dublin has a great life !
everything was perfect
Spasiba from Moscow