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Saturday 14 July 2007
Performance: 4.15 pm
IMMA Courtyard
No Booking Required

The Irish Museum of Modern Art invites you to participate to a new, vibrant and engaging site specific performance by internationally acclaimed performance artist and sculptor Michael Timpson.

Michael Timpson
Michael Timpson’s widely acclaimed work has been shown internationally, in the United States and Germany amongst others, and most recently in Ireland. His highly dramatized performances, both intensely evocative and visually stunning, articulate his highly sensitive reflection on their very site of production. The artwork, then, while fully immersed in its context, only survives for the length of its performance, and can never be reproduced.

“The Joint Was A-Jumpin,”
Timpson’s new site-specific work in IMMA, “The Joint Was A-Jumpin,” will feature a specifically composed score by renowned minimalist composer and filmmaker Phil Niblock, who collaborated with Timpson on this project. This site-specific project reacts to the former purpose of the 17th-century building, which served as a military hospital from 1684 to the 1920s and as the Gardai headquarters from 1931 to 1950. Articulating a critical comment on the commodification of war, this will be an extremely evocative, lively and massively impressive visual event.

Participate in the Performance!
We are seeking 300 energetic, interested and dynamic volunteers to participate in two performances of this project, at 4.15pm and 8.15pm on Saturday 14 July 2007 in the Museum’s Courtyard. The volunteers will be asked to dress in their own white clothing and will perform a series of simple synchronised movements accompanied by sounds. They will be personally directed by Michael Timpson, the artist. Each performance will last around 30 minutes.

Bonus Perks
As a thank-you for taking part in this event, you will receive:
– An original artwork by Michael Timpson.
– An invite to the IMMA summer party, an extremely exciting yearly event, from 7.30-late on the 14 July 2007 (during and after the second performance). Visit the gardens, enjoy the music and delicious food and drinks!

Spread the Word!
We need your help and anyone else interested for it to happen, so pass this around to friends and colleagues, and help us bring to completion this impressive project!

If you are interested, or if you have any other queries, please contact:

Nicola Lees
Assistant Curator: New Galleries, IMMA
T. 01 612 9927
E. [email protected]


Lucia Pietroiusti
Exhibitions Office, IMMA
T. 01 612 9953
E. [email protected]

To volunteer please download and complete the Volunteer Form below:
Volunteer Commitment Form (Word 2000 – 32kb)

Thank you for your interest!