Dublin Open Form Pavilion of Air / Baile Átha Cliath Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte

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Merrion Square Park, Merrion Square East, Dublin, Ireland

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A complete primer on the Open Form Pavilion of Air series & information on the Dublin Pavilion via RTÉ Culture

The “Baile Átha Cliath Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte” (Dublin Open Form Pavilion of Air) is a floating roof of sound across Merrion Square. It is part of the pan-European Open Form Pavilion of Air series – each uses sound and site-mapping to offer a playful renewal and reframing of public space as an essential place of engagement for the community. Inspired by Polish architects Oskar & Zofia Hansen’s “Open Form” architectural concept (ca. 1959), the audio work is presented as a Pavilion without walls – a roof made from sound – that is heard to extend across the public space of Merrion Square.

By traversing different zones within the park using your mobile phone, the Echoes app and headphones, you become a participatory listener producing a composition in real-time as your navigation creates a unique choreography via GPS, combining and changing sounds mapped within the site through the app. A new layer of experience is rendered within Merrion Square as the simplicity of the invisible roof and the absorbing physicality of its sound transforms the location and its context. The Pavilion has no visible presence outside the app and can only be accessed and enjoyed on-site in Merrion Square


Presented in conjunction with New Music Dublin, Office of Public Works, National Concert Hall and Dublin City Council Arts Office residency.

Robert Curgenven

Robert Curgenven

Robert Curgenven is an Ireland-based, Australian-born artist producing albums, performances and installations. His work emphasizes physicality, our embodied response to sound and its correspondence to location, air, weather and architecture. His recorded o...

Near Merrion Square Park, Merrion Square East, Dublin, Ireland

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