Romper Room: An exhibiton that explores how conflict invades the family space

Martin Seeds, Kira Lehane (Curator/Producer), Ben Stezaker (Curator/Producer), Zosia Szymanowska (Curator/Producer)

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


In Romper Room, Brighton CCA: Dorset Place becomes a space that explores Northern Ireland’s history of community enforced punishment and intimidation. A Romper Room was a place where terrorist organisations, in Northern Ireland, would take their victims to be punished or interrogated. Romper Room was also the name of a children’s TV show watched by the artist as a child, in the family home, in 1970s Northern Ireland.

In this installation a tarred and feathered dining table and chairs sit in the centre of the gallery. The walls and floor have been lined with protective sheeting The dining table and chairs acknowledge the everyday space of a family meeting place, however their solid familiarity is betrayed by the tar and feather surface.

During the troubles In Northern Ireland, tarring and feathering was instigated by terrorist groups as a means of community control through public torture and humiliation. The protective sheets, on the gallery walls and floor, displace the sculpture in to a forensic scene – a space where violent acts are scrutinised.

Together, the elements of the installation create a complex unheimlich experience.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

This work described in this submission was made in collaboration with undergraduate students from BA Photography University of Brighton.


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