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Ulrike and Eamon Compliant



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Footage documenting Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, the award winning real-life role play, originally commissioned for the Venice Biennale.

“This last decade, terrorism has been viewed through the prism of Islam, Manichean certainties, racial and linguistic divides. For Ju, Nick and I it seemed a good moment to revisit home grown terrorists who cannot be so easily distanced and whose legacy has recently become clearer. The Red Army Faction only officially dissolved in 1998, the same year as the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.” – Blast Theory

Ulrike and Eamon Compliant starts in Palazzo Zenobio where you enter a wooden room, which has air holes drilled into it, and pick up a mobile phone.Over the next thirty minutes you receive a number of phone calls that lead you through the city, engaging you as either Ulrike or Eamon and prompting interactions.

Ulrike Meinhof (1934 – 1976) was a German journalist who became notorious through her membership of the Red Army Faction. Her fraught relationship with fellow members Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin may have contributed to her suicide while awaiting trial in prison in 1976. Eamon Collins (1954 – 1999) was an active member of the IRA’s Nutting Squad, in charge of internal security, before becoming an informer on whose evidence large numbers of the IRA were prosecuted. He was murdered in 1999.

The Ulrike and Eamon Compliant book is also available to buy on Unbound.

Blast Theory, 2009, PAL DVD