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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.




Close up photo of the Entanglement installation by ANNEX at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. It shows steel frames filled and entwined by a mass of brightly coloured wires. Part of an old desk fan is visible top centre.