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IAF Summer School online, 21 July


Explore themes of data entanglement with ANNEX and friends at the IAF Summer School webinar

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IAF Summer School online, 21 July





The Irish Architecture Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with the arts and architecture collective ANNEX, cultural producer Frank Monahan, field archaeologist Michael Gibbons, geographer Patrick Bresnihan, 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.”

Aptly enough, the Summer School 2022 programme concludes with an online seminar to enable those not physically present in Galway to hear ANNEX members and cutting-edge researchers share their insights on these themes.

Thursday 21 July, 13:00-14:30
Online via Zoom

Keynote: Marina Otero Verzier (Design Academy Eindhoven)

Speakers: Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and Fiona McDermott (ANNEX) with Patrick Bresnihan (Maynooth University, Department of Geography)

Marina Otero Verzier will open the seminar by sharing insights from her Harvard Wheelwright Prize-winning research on the future of data storage. Members of the ANNEX curatorial team will discuss the materiality of data and the interwoven human, environmental, and cultural impacts of information and communication technologies. Geographer Patrick Bresnihan will discuss the material footprint of technology within the environment.

Free, open to all.

Book your place for the seminar HERE.


This year’s Summer School opens with two in-person events in Galway City and County on 12 July. Read the full programme on our News page.

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

Photo by Alan Butler of Entanglement, Irish Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.




Marina Otero Verzier
Head of Social Design Masters, Design Academy Eindhoven

The program focuses on design practices attuned to ecological and social challenges. In 2022 Marina Otero Verzier received the Harvard GSD’s Wheelwright Prize for project on the future of data storage. From 2015 to 2022, she was the Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, where she led initiatives focused on labour, extraction, and mental health from an architectural and post-anthropocentric perspective, including  “Automated Landscapes” and “BURN-OUT.” Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, Columbia University GSAPP, in New York. Otero has been a co-curator at the Shanghai Art Biennial 2021, curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and chief curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. She has co-edited Lithium: States of Exhaustion (2021), A Matter of Data (2021), More-than-Human (2020), Architecture of Appropriation (2019), Work, Body, Leisure (2018), and After Belonging (2016), among others.

Patrick Bresnihan
Lecturer, Department of Geography, Maynooth University

Patrick Bresnihan joined the Department of Geography at Maynooth University in 2019. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Geography in Trinity College Dublin (2015-2019). He has a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin (2012) and an MPhil in History from Cambridge University (2007). He works across the interdisciplinary fields of political ecology, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities. He has published work on the anti-enclosure poetry of John Clare, community-owned water infrastructures in Cochabamba, urban commons in post-crash Dublin, and the extractive logics of wind energy and data in Ireland. His book, Transforming the Fisheries: Neoliberalism, Nature and the Commons (University of Nebraska Press, 2016) won the Geography Society of Ireland Book of the Year in 2018. 

Donal Lally
Architect, ANNEX member, and 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.

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Clare Lyster
Architect, ANNEX member, and associate professor, UIC School of Architecture

Clare Lyster is an Irish-born architect based in Chicago, where she runs CLUAA, a design-based research practice that explores the built environment from the perspective of urban systems and infrastructural networks. She is the author of Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities (2016), co-editor of Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan (2017), and editor of Hot Farms: How Emails Grow Tomatoes (forthcoming, 2022). She is an Associate Professor at the UIC School of Architecture and a member of the Annex team.

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Fiona McDermott
ANNEX member and researcher, CONNECT Centre, TCD

Fiona McDermott is a researcher at CONNECT, the Research Centre for Future Communications and Networks at Trinity College Dublin. Her research explores the social and cultural implications of data-driven technologies, with a particular focus on autonomous systems, data infrastructures, and urban governance. Previously, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York and a researcher at the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick. Fiona is a member of the Annex team.

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