Dominoes

An participative kinetic sculpture that toppled its way through five east London Boroughs

‘As stunningly visual as it is visionary.’ – Glasgow Herald

‘Strikingly dynamic, confusing, funny and alarming… unlike any other performance art I’ve seen.’ – Frieze

Dominoes was a site-specific installation, a moving sculpture with performative elements. Dominoes was originally created in London on 26 July 2009 linking the then five 2012 Olympics Host Boroughs.  Thousands of breezeblock dominoes followed a route through east London, unfolding across the city over the course of a day, culminating in a spectacular performance in the Old Royal Naval College grounds in Greenwich.

Taking the simple concept of a line of dominoes, the project created an alternative vision of the city, counterpointing, complementing and playing with its architecture, and for a brief moment reclaiming the city streets for the inhabitants and the public.

Dominoes transformed the rhythm of the city for one special day. Through streets and parks, buildings and even on water, occasionally disappearing and then resurfacing, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances, the domino line threaded 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.

Over the day, the 8,000 blocks made an 11 kilometre journey, which included an opening event, a block ‘picnic’ and a performance finale: a structure of thousands of blocks brought to life by a group of performers.  A film of the event was also produced and screened across the Host Boroughs on BBC Live Sites, in galleries, cinemas and film festivals.

Dominoes brought communities together through active participation and engagement. Hundreds of volunteers helped build and maintain the installation.  Both volunteers and audience members on the day combined and contributed in making this exceptional and unique event.

Twitter and flickr were used to allow people to follow the progress of events attracting thousands of visitors to the live performance. The film of the day’s events was uploaded to YouTube enabling the performance to be viewed by thousands more people.

A shorter run of Dominoes opened the Diese Festival in France with the Festival Entre Cour et Jardins in 2010, and opened the Mladi Levi Festival in Ljubljana in 2011.

Dominoes was one of two 2009 Create Art Award winning projects, produced by Artsadmin, and delivered by Station House Opera.

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The Create Art Award is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.