A new pop-up club opens in Dublin, designed by a collective of architects, event producers and club designers – Temporary Pleasure.
The venue, which does not yet have a name, will host dancers for just six weeks in September 2022. The project was developed “in response to the demise of the Irish nightclub”, with the plan focused on the works to “transform a vacant downtown space in an ephemeral, site-specific location, âaccording to a press release.
Temporary pleasureThe website explains more: âWe have spent the last decade examining clubs inside and out and we think clubs are broken: over-marketed and detached from their social origins; with barriers to entry that block grassroots creativity; and also rigid to adapt to the here and now … If we want to preserve the right to dance in community, we must reinvent the clubs, from over-marketed to community. From rigid to fluid. From top to bottom to DIY. ”
In November, Temporary Pleasure held a workshop in Barcelona, ââdesigning, building and testing a prototype club space in just five days. 20 participants were involved, in addition to a queer community center, a carpentry workshop and an abandoned warehouse.
Those involved have responded to an open call to imagine a new kind of shared nightlife space with walkways, balconies, platforms and even a swing. A club philosophy and manifesto were also produced, and a program focusing on local LGBTQ talent was put in place. When completed, a ten-hour event featuring DJ sets, live performances and installations completed the week-long business.
The Republic of Ireland has seen a substantial drop in the number of clubs, Temporary Pleasure citing the shocking figure that “more than two-thirds of clubs have disappeared since 2008”.
In May, DJ Mag reported on Give Us The Night, an ongoing campaign founded by tech heavyweight Sunil Sharpe, which fights to change pre-pandemic licensing laws that have long been seen as damaging to nightlife in Ireland. But, despite operating under what are often seen as the EU’s strict opening hours, the country is currently home to a plethora of DJs and producers, with platforms like Dublin Digital Radio helping to train new generations. electronic music artists.