Tuesday, June 17, 2008

3am, naked for Spencer on Saturday. Yes, 3am. Exiting.

Ohhhh dear. Now that it's getting closer...

Firstly, warm congratulations to all the brave folk in Cork who were out this morning! Fair play. I hope someone will blog about it and tell us what to expect...

Photo by Julien Behal/PA Wire

And now, what I've been told about the installation...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Subject: It's Here. Spencer Tunick - Important Information for Dublin Participants - Saturday 21st June
To: darraghdoyle@gmail.com

Dear Participants,

It's here! Hope you are ready for a great day. Get a good night's sleep. Or stay up all night, no matter what you do, just be there!
Good idea to stay up. I may just do that!
Hard Facts:

Location: [Can't tell you]
Arrival Time: 3:00 am [Oh dear God] rain or shine!

You will only be nude for a short period of time during the actual installation. Please wear warm clothing. If it is chilly the artist will work as quickly as possible to make the artworks.

While in position do not wear any clothing. No hats, no sunglasses, no jewelery (watches, necklaces, bracelets). Completely nude. Tattoos and piercing are fine.
Thank God for that, didn't want to remove all my tattoos...
If it is raining bring an umbrella or raincoat and a small towel to dry your skin. Do not undress until directed to do so by the artist.
Ahhhh, dammit!
There are no cameras allowed. No taking photos or video with mobile phones. Please no handing out of flyers.
After all, where would people put them?
There will be tea and coffee available to purchase on site but you may also bring your own water and snacks, provided you bring your rubbish home with you.
Not even a cup of coffee :( Ah the price of art!
The art event will be finished by approximately 7.30am.
Bring friends and family to participate as long as they are over 18 year of age - ID maybe requested.

Only participants will be allowed in the vicinity of the art event. Unfortunately, spouses, friends or significant others who are not participating will not be allowed near or on the site. Only come to the art event with people who are participating.
So photobloggers, no new pics for you! ;-)
Spencer will be doing a few set-ups. Please refrain from talking and shouting while walking into these positions and while Spencer is documenting the installation. It is very important to pay close attention to the artist and his assistants' instructions during this time. It is vital that participants move according to the instructions given via megaphones.

If you cannot hear the instructions, for any reason, please follow what the crowd in front of you is doing. Please also be patient in between set-ups while Spencer moves his crew and assistants into position.
Please bring a towel to the installation.
For covering up, drying down or covering shame presumably!
There will be selected art press and media present to report on the art installation, positioned at a safe distance and in a marked off area. Spencer Tunick will also have his own documentation crew present at the installation documenting the process.

Thank you for wanting to be a part of Spencer's art! He couldn't make his work without you, and he is extremely grateful for your participation.

This will be an exiting event and we thoroughly hope you will enjoy the experience!
I promise that was the email I got. Exiting. I'm not sure if that's a factor or a typo!
The organisers of this installation reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone they deem to be intoxicated or exhibiting anti social behaviour.
I'm wondering how they'll define intoxicated. Dutch courage etc. I'll need a pint!

It, erm, promises to be interesting anyways! I'll let you know how it goes.

Are you doing it?


  1. Got the same email this mornin' but I'm having second thoughts since it became real.

    Sober, and naked at 3am... Spencer may just be asking that bit too much.

  2. Blarney Castle earlier I hear! I'm so grateful that shamrocky souvenir notions of the site are now replaced with hundreds of naked people!

    Nice blog :)

  3. I listened to Ray D'arcy talking about it this morning and while it frightens the bejeebus out of me, I'd actually like to do it for the crack! (crappy pun intended tee hee)

  4. Have to say Darragh, it wouldn't exactly be my cup of tea. I find social gatherings awkward enough, removing the everybody-being-fully-clothed factor and I just might have a nervous breakdown. Fair play for doing it yourself though!

  5. I'm all in for it. I want my limited edition print of the shoot for taking part. Its going on my sitting room wall. :D

  6. Thanks for the comments all :)

    @David - Ah I'd say we won't be naked till around 5, when there's light. I'd imagine a lot of it is just getting comfortable with the area and being in crowds.

    @Nay - hey you, thanks for the comment! Hope you're well :)

    @Darren - tell me that once I've kidnapped you Friday night ;-)

    @Annie - ah my dear you should! You might never get the opportunity again...

    @b - ah now b, it's hardly my "cup of tea" either. I'm scared to bits, but sure I'll just go for it!

    @dardardrinks - thankfully sir you didn't say "all up for it" cos that would just have been wrong. Wrong!

    Think I could wear a blindfold so I won't have to see anyone looking at me?

  7. Don't forget to bring your clothes to Belfast afterwards!!

  8. I got the same one...TERRIFIED. and also worried i'd meet someone I knew!

  9. Thanks for the comment. I did it this morning in Cork. Gave it a (rather long) write up over my direction if you're interested.

  10. sorry for implying you're some form of nudist, Irish people cannot be nudists! I've never heard of one anyways.

  11. I had thought about doing it but then sort of forgot (no, with the coverage it's been getting I dunno how that happened either) until it was too late to register.

    Think I would be having very mixed emotions about it now, though!!

  12. @Grannymar - clothes packed already. I'll look at least respectable :)

    @raptureponies - we share the same fear, don't worry. Thanks for the comment :)

    @stereotyping - thanks for the visit! Loved your post on it - really good. And a bit scary.

    @b - no worries dude!

    @lyndar - hey there and thanks for the visit! Yes, very mixed emotions. Scared and excited and nervous and totally hoping I won't see anyone I know!!