An experiment in hospitality, developed for the Hack the City festival open call at Science Gallery, October 2012. Hack the City called for artists to consider ways to interrogate and provoke existing city structures. Responding to this, I proposed to Science Gallery that visiting artists coming to Dublin to participate in the show ought to be offered the opportunity to stay with a selected host while they worked in the city, rather than in rented accommodation, hostels or hotels.
Hosts were selected through an open call process, and linked with visiting artists through common interests.
As part of this project, I set up a weekly reading group in Dublin entitled On Hospitality, and hosted feasts for those involved. Hosts, artists, and others they had met or collaborated with over the period of Hack the City were invited to meals for 70 + guests, held in a warehouse in Dublin city centre called Supafast, a co-operative studio space run by artists Tom Lynn and Hugh Cooney.
Homestay is documented in further detail on its own blog here.