The Work Migration Top Trumps Game was developed in collaboration with Norbert Heins and Dragan Miloshevski. On 17th September 2006, it was played with passers-by in Dublin, in Gill’s Pub on the North Circular Road, Connolly Train Station and in St. Stephen’s Green. The game follows the same basic rules applied to all Top Trumps card games, by comparing thematic statistics. Depending on the agreement of the players, the highest or lowest numbers win. The Top Trumps Game introduces statistical facts and possible reasons for emigration to Ireland. Example statistics include poverty, unemployment and huge population movements. This intervention was part of Out of Site, a series of live art events and actions that provides a platform for artists to create innovative new performative work in public spaces. Out of Site presents the possibilityto re-experience urban Dublin through a series of live art performances in public spaces throughout the city. In 2006 Out of Site presented 16 performances over 16 days as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.
In 2006, Ireland was undergoing a major economic boom. Unemployment was virtually zero, and a country that had been a net exporter of skilled staff for decades had now turned into a net importer. Work immigrants from European Economic Areas/ Swiss citizens, their spouses and dependent children only needed a PPS number. This is a Personal Public Service Number. Immigrants from Non-EEAs needed a work permit. Employers have to apply for it. The fee for work permits was between 65-500 € for 1-12 months.The artists created a pack of cards, based on the children's game Top Trumps, with information on the top 32 immigrating nationalities to Ireland. Susanne Bosch and Irish colleagues offered to play cards with the public in locations where people spend time on a Sunday.OUT OF SITE, curated by Michelle Browne, is a series of site specific performances taking place from 9-24 September as part of the visual arts programme of Dublin Fringe Festival 2006. This is a rare chance for Irish audiences to witness current practices in Live Art with 16 artists from Germany, Portugal, Finland, USA and Ireland taking part in this series working outside of the confines of the gallery or theatre space through a programme that highlights the scope and versatility of Live Art.This series of performances will take place in public spaces in Dublin City Centre, engaging with the public at large, encompassing diverse performances ranging from action based story telling to interactive pieces where the artist engages with the audience to create the work. OUT OF SITE reaches out to people and parts of the city conventionally not associated with artistic endeavor offering a new view on the spaces we inhabit everyday.Visit www.outofsite.info
Arbeitsmigration: das Quartett