Dublin 2

Dublin2 is a socially engaged art project dealing with the European Union asylum policy. The project was organised at Sergel´s Square (Sergels torg) in Stockholm, Sweden and at Lasipalatsi Square (Lasipalatsin aukio) in Helsinki Finland.

In the project European Union asylum policies are dealt through an experimental and illustrational live action role-play, where the passers-by were invited to participate as well. The players took on the roles of border guards, migration officials and asylum seekers who come to Europe from various countries and often have to face the reality from smugglers to grey market and paperlessness.

The game portrayed the movement of asylum seekers between EU countries and made visible the asylum procedures in different member states of the European Union. The role characters were based on the real life stories of asylum seekers and interviews of border guards.

The events of the games concentrated on the Stockholm´s Sergel´s Square and the Helsinki´s Lasipalatsi Square which for one weekend were staged as refugee camps. From the squares the game spread also to offices and institutions staged nearby the squares. The game lasted around the clock and during nights a video footage related to the game´s topics were screened on the walls of the buildings next to the squares. Together with the live action role-players NGO´s working with migrants, theatre actors, a lawyer, a migration office case worker and other actors from journalists to politicians participated the games.

Work Info

JP Kaljonen, Johanna Raekallio and Haidi Motola in Dublin2 Helsinki (organisers) & live action role-players and other actors who participated the projects, Dublin2 Stockholm / Dublin2 Helsinki, Socially engaged project, Sergels Square, Stockholm, Sweden 2012 / Lasipalatsi Square, Helsinki, Finland 2011 (produced by Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma / Kiasma Theatre URB11-Festival).