Mind The Gap

Why aren't the two Luas lines linked up? Why can I never find a public toilet? Why is there no grass in Wolfe Tone Park ? Can anything be done with the dying Smithfield Square ? Due to the economic downturn do you find you have more time to see the little or big things that are missing that you might not have noticed before? Do things in the city bother you? Is there something that you could do about it? The artist Michelle Browne is looking for participants for her new project Mind the Gap which will be part of the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 09. The group are currently looking at gaps that exist in the city, focusing on issues relating to urban planning, to architecture, and to infrastructural and social concerns. We will identify services that do not exist or objects that would improve our experience of the city.We want to come up with a new vision for different parts of the city.

This year's Fringe Festival will present works which confront, embrace and defy this period of remarkable change and challenges. From celebrating the fresh re-emergence of DIY culture, looking at where we are and how we got here; as a city, nation and international community of makers, doers, seers and thinkers.

If you have a skills in the areas of architecture, design, construction, urban planning or related subjects, and would like to be part of a visual art project that creatively looks at these issues please contact Michelle for more information. The artist is particularly interested in working with those who through unemployment may have lots of ideas but nowhere to channel them. The group meets twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The work will culminate in the public presentation of our research over the 16 days of the Fringe Festival from 5-20 of September.

Email michellembrowne@gmail.com and go to www.michellebrowne.net for examples of previous work.