Mary-Ruth Walsh Discusses Her Conceptual Installation/Performance, ‘Real E-State’
Ever dream of owning a house in Dublin? St. Patrick’s Close Developments presents ‘Real E-State’, an development of houses erected without planning permission and sold by auction.
I hadn’t realised the extent to which the public would seamlessly engage in the ‘Real E-State project’. It was difficult to describe; part installation, part performance; with visual and conceptual elements intertwined. An estate of houses was erected in Dublin, without planning permission, and sold on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October 2011, by a professional auctioneer. In part, it was to challenge ideas about art and architecture, real housing and buying ‘off the plans’,and the virtual nature of the contemporary financial world.
It seems strange to think that anyone would want to own a conceptual home, yet the ordinary people who engaged with ‘Real E-State’ were absolutely committed to the idea. [Read more…]