Blast Theory present DIAL ULRIKE AND EAMON COMPLIANT
Enter a world of bombings and kidnappings in this tense mobile phone work about political violence. To start, call a phone number marked on the wall. Choose whether you will be Ulrike or Eamon then hang up. Once you’re in position your phone rings: now your journey begins.
As you hear about the progression into violence and death you stare at the everyday surroundings. Find a vantage point, linger near a doorway or find a nearby bus shelter then use your keypad to make your choices.
Listen in on TV appearances, the firebombing of a supermarket and the night that Benno was shot by a cop on a demonstration. Or, as Eamon, you reflect on getting beaten by soldiers as a teenager, the killing of Ivan Toombs and your rise to the ‘Nutting Squad’ in charge of internal security for the IRA.
As Eamon and Ulrike reach the climax of their political actions, you too must make a choice. Hang up now and walk away. Or stay on the line…
A version of this work – Ulrike and Eamon Compliant – premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has since toured internationally. The world premiere of Dial Ulrike and Eamon Compliant took place at Frequency Festival in 2013.