Richard DeDomenici: Free Balloons
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Saturday, October 29, 2016
Richard DeDomenici makes work that’s social, joyful, topical and political – although rarely simultaneously. He specialises in urban-absurdist interventions which strive to create the kind of uncertainty that leads to possibility. In a month-long exhibition at NewBridge Project Space, DeDomenici adopted the habits and aesthetics of 24-hour, rolling news, before leading Newcastle’s people into the streets armed with balloons in a typically irreverent expression of the deeper detail in the nation’s big issues.
A live performance by Richard DeDomenici took place for the Hidden Civil War launch at NewBridge Project Space, September 2016.
Artist Bio: Richard is the inventor of the Carry-Ok wearable karaoke system, office chair sport The Swivelympics, the crocheted crypto-currency Knitcoin, and the radical feminist Eurovision tribute Fux Bizz. He recently released a fundraising record called Live Art Aid, and led a horse-drawn funeral cortege through the streets of London to commemorate the death of social housing. He has made work in 28 countries, and is currently trying to devise a site-specific project in Iran.
Hidden Civil War was a month long programme of events and exhibitions across Newcastle upon Tyne that exposed, collated and presented evidence of a Hidden Civil War in Britain today. Hidden Civil War, a collaborative project, commissioned by The NewBridge Project and developed in partnership with East St Arts, Hands on Film Lab, Metal, Paper Rhino, Mark Donne, Taryn Edmonds, Chris Erskine, Julia Heslop, Beth Ramsay, Julie Tomlin, Vicky Ward and Aisha Zia. Hidden Civil War was delivered with the support of partner venues; Cobalt Studios, Tyne Theatre, Summerhill Bowling Club and The Cumberland Arms. Accompanying publication, The Precariat is produced by Paper Rhino.