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IAF Summer School in Galway, 12 July


Explore themes of data entanglement, past and present, with ANNEX and friends at the IAF Summer School in Galway

Event Information

IAF Summer School in Galway, 12 July

Fairgreen Road, Galway, Ireland


Entanglement Exhibition Tour, 11:00-12:00
Fairgreen Gallery

Workshop, 14:00-18:00
Meet at Fairgreen Gallery for complimentary bus to Marconi Wireless Station in Connemara



The Irish Architecture Foundation is delighted to work with the arts and architecture collective ANNEX, cultural producer Frank Monahan, field archaeologist Michael Gibbons, geographer Patrick Bresnihan, and and researcher-curator Marina Otero Verzier to bring you the third annual IAF Summer School over two days in July, on site and online.

This year’s Summer School is informed by themes explored in Entanglement, the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. Curated by ANNEX Collective, Entanglement is now on show at the Fairgreen Gallery in Galway as part of the Galway International Arts Festival. Its themes include the physicality of data infrastructure, exchange and communication, and the environmental, cultural and human impact of data. In ANNEX’s own words, “The Irish Pavilion from the Venice Architecture Biennale brings the physicality of data infrastructure to the forefront with Entanglement… The Pavilion aims to reframe the way we understand data production while exploring its impact on everyday life.”

All Summer School events are free and open to the public, but booking is required. It is possible to book for just one or any combination of Summer School events.

There are two events in our Galway-based programme on 12 July:

  • Entanglement Exhibition Tour

Tuesday 12 July, 11:00-12:00
Entanglement exhibition, Fairgreen Gallery, Fairgreen Road, Galway
Led by Donal Lally (ANNEX)

Entanglement, the Irish Pavilion from the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, is currently on show at the Fairgreen Gallery as part of Galway International Arts Festival. The exhibit explores the materiality of data and the interwoven human, environmental, and cultural impacts of information and communication technologies. Architect and ANNEX curatorial team member Donal Lally will lead a discursive exhibition tour of Entanglement at the exhibition venue.

FREE, open to all.
Book HERE for the Exhibition Tour (and/or Workshop) on 12 July.


  • Workshop and Walking Tour (in person)

Tuesday 12 July, 14:00-18:00
Meet at Entanglement exhibition, Fairgreen Gallery, Fairgreen Road, Galway. The workshop location is the Marconi Wireless Station, Connemara. A complimentary bus is included.

14:00 – Bus departs Fairgreen Gallery, Galway
15:15 – Arrive at the Marconi Wireless Station, Clifden, Connemara
15:15-16:30 – On-site workshop
16:30 – Short stop in Clifden
18:00 – Arrive back at Fairgreen Gallery, Galway

Led by Frank Monahan and Michael Gibbons

This interactive workshop will take place at the Marconi Wireless Station, a historic site at Derrygimlagh near Clifden in Connemara, the location of the first commercial transatlantic wireless transmission (1907) and landing place of the first non-stop transatlantic flight (1919). Leading Irish field archaeologist Micheal Gibbons will lead an insightful walking tour. In parallel, site-specific creative challenges will be facilitated by cultural producer and arts educator Frank Monahan.

FREE, open to all.

N.B. Please bring all-weather gear and snack/water. This workshop involves a looped walk of approx. 5km (45 minutes).

Book HERE for the Workshop (and/or Exhibition Tour) on 12 July.


Also on Tuesday 12 July, 13:00-14:00 is the talk – Entanglement | First Thought

Members of the ANNEX curatorial team discuss the making of the Pavilion in conversation with artist and philosopher El Putnam. This event is part of Galway International Arts Festival and complements the themes of the IAF Summer School.

Book for this talk through the Galway International Arts Festival.


The Summer School will conclude with an online seminar on Thursday 21 July, 13:00-14:30. See the full programme on our News page.

The IAF Summer School is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Photos by Frank Monahan of (top) a drawing of the Marconi Wireless Station circa 1911; (bottom) a photo of the powerhouse circa 1911 projected onto the present landscape.


Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons is one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. Born and raised in Clifden, Connemara, where he still lives with his family, Michael is a graduate of University College Galway with a degree in History and Archaeology. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland with thirty years of experience as an archaeologist and completed a 5-year term on the Archaeology Committee of the Heritage Council. He has worked with the Department of Antiquities in Jerusalem and for the Museum of London City Excavation Programme. In Ireland, he worked on the Donegal Archaeological Survey and Galway Archaeological Survey before being appointed as co-director of the National Sites and Monuments Record, Office of Public Works for a period of ten years. He has directed surveys and excavations on Croagh Patrick and has mapped the uplands and islands of the Connacht Coast. He is currently serving a term with Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann – The Folklore of Ireland Council. He currently works in heritage tourism, specialising in academic and cultural tourism to the Boyne Valley and the West of Ireland.

To find out more please visit:
Donal Lally
Architect, ANNEX member, and assistant lecturer, School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin

Donal Lally is an architect and co-founder of the architectural office zero-degree machine [z-dm]. He has recently published articles in Strelka Magazine and Archplus and given talks at the Floating University (Berlin), Berlin University of the Arts, and the UCD School of Architecture. Donal is an assistant lecturer in design theory at the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts and a member of the Annex team.

To find out more please visit:
Frank Monahan
Cultural producer, arts educator, and creative director, Architecture at the Edge

Frank Monahan is a cultural producer / arts educator with an interest in film, architecture and the arts. His professional practice includes the design of buildings and set design for film and television. With a long-term interest in the critical potential of design, he established ‘Architecture at the Edge’ in 2017, for which he has since been creative director. His independent curatorial portfolio includes projects for the Galway International Arts Festival, the Irish Architecture Foundation, London Festival of Architecture, and others. He is a regular speaker and moderator on contemporary architecture and design and their connection to society and wider culture. 


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Marconi Wireless Station, Derrygimlagh, Connemara (1). Photo by Frank Monahan.