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FIONA HALLINAN (IE)

EXHIBIT & CITYWIDE

FRI 22.06.12 - SAT 08.09.12

Drawing on existing models such as Couchsurfing.org, Airbnb.com 
and the New Life Copenhagen project, Homestay aims to set up a pilot 
network of hosts within Dublin, who can provide accommodation 
in their homes for a nominal charge to artists and practitioners taking 
part in HACK THE CITY. Cultural events and festivals tend to spend 
a significant part of their budget on travel and accommodation. 
Homestay provides an alternative solution which enables this 
money to be redirected towards the actual creation and production 
of work, as opposed to secondary accommodation costs.
Through personal meetings, dedicated documentation and the 
organisation of events, the hosting of participants will act as a reciprocal 
exchange for both host and visitor: a beneficial experience for both. 
Throughout HACK THE CITY, Homestay will have a desk based at 
HACKLAB, whereby members of the public can learn about the project 
and sign up to become a future host. In testing this process within 
HACK THE CITY, the goal is to explore the creation of a format for future 
festivals to accommodate participants in the homes of Dublin residents.
 
BIO: Fiona Hallinan is a Dublin-based artist. Through installation, 
unlikely gatherings, adaptations of public space, audio, photography, 
and autonomous education projects she explores themes of collective 
memory, playful and anachronistic uses of technology, and the value or 
non-value of certain knowledges. Hallinan creates site-specific audio 
tours exploring hidden narratives of place and installations, presenting 
collated audio work in participatory ways. She works as a freelance project 
manager, organising Fraoch Retreats and at MEDIA Desk, the mediator for 
EU audiovisual funding in Ireland. She has exhibited at the Kerlin Gallery, 
IMMA, Conflux (NYC), SOLAS NUA (DC) and Brown University (RI)

Drawing on existing models such as couchsurfing.org, airbnb.com and the New Life Copenhagen project, Homestay aims to set up a pilot network of hosts within Dublin, who can provide accommodation in their homes for a nominal charge to artists and practitioners taking part in HACK THE CITY. Cultural events and festivals tend to spend a significant part of their budget on travel and accommodation. Homestay provides an alternative solution which enables this money to be redirected towards the actual creation and production of work, as opposed to secondary accommodation costs.

Through personal meetings, dedicated documentation and the organisation of events, the hosting of participants will act as a reciprocal exchange for both host and visitor: a beneficial experience for both. Throughout HACK THE CITY, Homestay will have a desk based at HACKLAB, whereby members of the public can learn about the project and sign up to become a future host. In testing this process within HACK THE CITY, the goal is to explore the creation of a format for future festivals to accommodate participants in the homes of Dublin residents. 

BIO: Fiona Hallinan is a Dublin-based artist. Through installation, unlikely gatherings, adaptations of public space, audio, photography, and autonomous education projects she explores themes of collective memory, playful and anachronistic uses of technology, and the value or non-value of certain knowledges. Hallinan creates site-specific audio tours exploring hidden narratives of place and installations, presenting collated audio work in participatory ways. She works as a freelance project manager, organising Fraoch Retreats and at MEDIA Desk, the mediator for EU audiovisual funding in Ireland. She has exhibited at the Kerlin Gallery, IMMA, Conflux (NYC), SOLAS NUA (DC) and Brown University (RI)

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