Dominoes takes as its starting point the simplest of ideas… a line of dominoes. Thousands of breezeblocks are used to create a moving sculpture which runs across the city, unfolding over the course of the day.
On streets, through parks, buildings and even on water, occasionally disappearing and then resurfacing, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances, the domino line threads 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.
Creating a celebration across the whole city, Dominoes transforms its rhythm for one special day. The project has the power to bring communities together through participation and engagement – hundreds of volunteers and audience members gather together to make this exceptional and unique event.
Dominoes takes a simple concept and uses it to create an alternative vision of the city, counterpointing, complementing and playing with the architecture, and for a brief moment reclaiming the city streets for the inhabitants and the public.
“People are still talking about it, and the project really made an impact on a lot of people. I think we’ve never reached such a diverse group of people with a project.”KIT, Copenhagen
“A two-kilometre-long domino ribbon of white building blocks has done more to bring together the neighbourhood, all ages and all cultures, than a decade of integration programs all together.”De Standaard, Flemish daily newspaper, on Dominoes in Ghent
Winner of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE09 Art Award, Dominoes was originally created in London in 2009, linking the five ‘host boroughs’ for the 2012 Olympics and has since travelled to over 20 cities across the world, including Melbourne, Copenhagen, Marseille and Ljubljana.
|25 June 2022||Dominoes||Corn Exchange||Newbury|
|13 May 2022||Dominoes||Norwich|
|20 October 2020||Happy Days: Artists' talk|
|19 October – 2 November 2020||Happy Days: scenes of self-isolation|
|21 September 2019||Dominoes||Festival van de Architectuur||Ghent|
|11 August 2018||Dominoes||Absolutely Cultured||Hull|
|15 April 2018||Dominoes||Zone Artistique Temporaire Festival||Montpellier|
|1–2 October 2016||Dominoes||Festival International des Arts Bordeaux Metropole||Saint-Medard & Bordeaux|
|3 September 2016||Dominoes||London|
|16 July 2016||Dominoes||IF: Milton Keynes International Festival||Milton Keynes|
|20 March 2016||Dominoes||Festival de Keuze||Rotterdam|
|6 February 2016||Dominoes||Arts Centre Melbourne||Melbourne|
|26 September 2015||Dominoes||Cluj|
|15 August 2015||Dominoes||Stockholms Kulturfestival||Stockholm|
|5 July 2015||Dominoes||Les Tombées de la Nuit||Rennes|
|14 May 2015||Dominoes||La Ville en Jeu(x), Mons 2015||Mons|
|28 September 2014||Dominoes||Lieux Publics||Marseille|
|19 July 2014||Dominoes||Scenes de Rue Festival||Mulhouse|
|26 May 2014||Dominoes||Coventry Mysteries Festival||Coventry|
|10 March 2014||Dominoes||Cape Town|
|1 August 2013||Dominoes||Festival Metropolis||Copenhagen|
|17 May 2013||Dominoes||Festival Nord Magnetic||Bailleul & Poperinge|
|23 August 2012||Dominoes||Helsinki Festival||Helsinki|
|19 August 2011||Dominoes||Mladi Levi Festival||Ljubljana|
|18 October 2010 – 22 January 2011||Dominoes (film)||Aberystwyth Arts Centre||Aberystwyth|
|15 July 2010||Dominoes||Dijon|
|26 July 2009||Dominoes||East London|