12 Angry Films

Artist Name(s) Jesse Jones
Artwork title 12 Angry Films
Context/Background In 2006 artist Jesse Jones was commissioned by the Fire Station Artists' Studios in partnership with Dublin Docklands Development Authority to produce 12 Angry Films

The commission culminated in a site-specific event, a temporary drive-in cinema. This event took place in the disused industrial setting of the Pigeon House in Dublin's Docklands over a weekend in November 2006. The films traced the history of labour and social justice issues in cinema and were accompanied by specially made radio programmes that were broadcast on site.


Through re-staging and re-appropriating of the 'drive-in', the artist Jesse Jones created a collective social and political space. Set in the disused industrial setting of Pigeon House, a site formerly familiar for manufacturing in Dublin's Docklands. This concept of drive-in was reminiscent of the iconic 1950's American popular cultural phenomenon that emerged in the post war boom years.  

The films were both made by and about workers and activists. Feature films/ documentaries as well as new short films created by project participants were screened over the three evenings. Their screenings generated debate and reflection on globalisation and the changing nature of industrial labour. 

In keeping with the Fire Station's policy of commissioning art projects that engage with communities, 12 Angry Films was the culmination of a collaborative process spanning approximately nine months in which Jesse Jones worked closely with what she describes as, "elective community of approximately 30 participants" in the Fire Station Artists' Studios.

This community responded to a general call out for participants through trade unions, community and activist networks. Out of an initial group of 50 a core group of approx 30 people became involved with the project. This elective community consisted of a diverse group of individuals ranging in ages 19 to 50 years plus, over half of whom were non native Irish.

Skills varied from those highly proficient in video and editing, to those with an interest in film or drama, people involved in activist and community work, and others who wanted to get involved in a project that would allow them to meet new people. 


12 Angry Films publication was produced in 2007. This can be downloaded on Fire Station website 


Jesse Jones is a Dublin-based artist, with a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from NCAD (2002) and an MA graduate in Visual Arts Practices from IADT (2005). Jones's practice focuses on the embedded political and social history within everyday life. She is interested in moments when this hidden history comes to surfaces such as the demonstration or strike and moments of convergence. Seeing popular culture as an expression of this collective narrative of history, her work often adopts elements such as the B movie or pop music as a site of shared memory.

Jones also uses the process of re-staging a sense of history within contemporary contexts. By reinterpreting these artefacts Jones scrambles their initial cultural reference and meaning. Recent exhibitions in 2008 include The Spectre and the Sphere (solo show) Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Blackwood Gallery University of Toronto, Canada, and ICA Nought to Sixty programme, 2: Move Belfast Exposed, Art in the Life World, Ballymun, Dublin. Previous projects include 12 Angry Films ( 2006) a public art project commissioned by Fire Station Artists Studios and Dublin Docklands Development Authority. 

Commission Type Other
Commissioner Name Fire Station Artists Studios and Dublin Docklands Development Authority(DDDA)
Commissioning process Direct Invitation
Project commission dates January 9, 2005 - November 10, 2006
Public Presentation dates October 11, 2006 - December 11, 2006
Partners Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Artform Film,Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts Participation
Funded By Other,Dublin City Council,The Arts Council
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission start date 09/01/2005
Project commission end date 10/11/2006
Location Former Pigeon House Power Station, Dublin 4
County Dublin
Street Address Pigeon House Harbour, Dublin 4
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Content contributor(s) Liz Burns
Relationship to project Project Manager
Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Firestation Artists' Studio managed an invited competition. Artist proposed by Aisling Prior.



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