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Nocturnal Creatures

Jennie Moran

Performance, installation and music exploring hospitality and reciprocity

Luncheonette. Photo by Louis Haugh

Enter quickly for I am afraid of my happiness  

Jacques Derrida

Artist Jennie Moran, resident in Artsadmin’s café for the autumn to explore themes of hospitality and reciprocity, will initiate the collaboration with a provocation from outside the house in Mallon Gardens.  An informal temporary structure made with translucent peach polythene sheeting, illuminated from within so as to appear inviting to nocturnal creatures.

Visitors will be admitted at regular intervals throughout the night and brought through a series of actions. Shoes are removed and replaced with bubble wrap slippers. A reassuring snack is offered but passed around by guests to one another. The guests are invited to lie on the hay and listen to a welcome meditation. A new repast is offered, this time a drink, designed to provoke movement (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Music is introduced. A change in lighting. Music is intensified. Visitors dance together and feel catharsis. Another refreshing offering to say thank you for coming and changing the way the place feels.

The bar will be open throughout the evening.

Supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Jennie Moran (she/her) is a Dublin-based artist who uses her practice to create opportunities for hospitality. She has gathered knowledge through a degree in sculpture at the National College of Art and Design; international residencies at NES Iceland, Fondazione Ratti, Italy and Galleria Blanda, Buenos Aires, and through her ongoing hospitality business/ art project Luncheonette, Dublin.

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Date and time

23 July 2022


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