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 The Ritual of Invention

23.06.19

The Ritual of Invention, a series of four conversations, curated Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, is inspired by Body & Soul’s theme ‘Ritual’ and the innovative ethos of the design icon MINI.

Booking Information

 The Ritual of Invention

Ballinlough Castle & Gardens, Ballinlough, Navan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

23.06.19

13.00-13.45: INVISIBLE WOMEN
14.00-14.45 HOUSING CRISIS: INVENTION NEEDED
15.30-16.15 GRAY LEARNING
17.00-17.45 TOWN & COUNTRY

Booking Information

 The Ritual of Invention

Ballinlough Castle & Gardens, Ballinlough, Navan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

23.06.19

13.00-13.45: INVISIBLE WOMEN
14.00-14.45 HOUSING CRISIS: INVENTION NEEDED
15.30-16.15 GRAY LEARNING
17.00-17.45 TOWN & COUNTRY

The conversation topics take their cue directly from the motivations behind the creation of MINI when it responded to the particular challenges of a post war society. Built in 1959, at a time of food, housing and employment shortages, it was invented as an answer to pressing social issues. It became a design icon that would break all the rules of car engineering at the time. MINI understand that design is more than form and function, and even more than the automobile. Today MINI is a translation of one key principle; the creative use of space, into real solutions for how we live, work and interact in our cities.

 

The Ritual of Invention sparks new creative conversations where the public will hear from pioneers of design, art, architecture and science. Influenced by the philosophy of MINI, the speakers were asked to respond to essential issues of the day, and the impact of invention within an age of intense economical, social, political and ecological challenges.

The Ritual of Invention promises to deliver an inspiring fusion of conversation and provocation as it asks how resourceful do we need to be, to tip the scales to a more humane and inclusive world.

 

The conversations are staged in a clearing in the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, inside a simple circular structure designed by BPA collective – David Kelly, Rachel Loughrey, Cian McKenna & Sinead Scullion and winner of the MINI/Body & Soul bursary.

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS
 The Ritual of Invention
INVISIBLE WOMEN

Owen O’Doherty (Architect & Writer) with Kate Butler (DJ & Lawyer)Threading a path through the worlds of science, technology and design, Owen, author of the children’s book Bright Sparks: Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women will be talking about stories, making sense of innovation and tomorrow’s inventors. Kate will be revealing stories of ground breaking electronic music by women - playing selections from this hidden history, from the early days of music technology to today’s electronic sounds

13.00-13.45
HOUSING CRISIS: INVENTION NEEDED

Ellen Rowley (Historian & Writer) with Grainne Hassett (Architect & Activist)
In this conversation, Ellen and Grainne discuss how the condition of crisis in housing has given rise to invention. Ellen casts back to 1940s Dublin, through her recent history Housing, Architecture + the Edge Condition; Grainne brings us to Calais’ Jungle camp of 2015-2016.

14.00-14.45
GRAY LEARNING

Dermot Boyd (Architect) with Laura Gannon (Artist).Dermot and Laura will resurrect the legacy of Eileen Gray, recognised as one of the most important modernist designers of the 20th century, and will reveal the widespread acknowledgement of Gray’s contributions and how her inventiveness continues to influence us today.

15.30-16.15
TOWN & COUNTRY

Léan Doody (Smart Cities Leader ARUP) with Matthew Jebb (Director of Botanic Gardens).Matthew, a lover of plants, discusses ecology, economics and how nature can teach us to do things better. Léan, who spends most of her time advising global city leaders on how to become resilient and adapt to fast-changing technology will talk about the digital city. An unlikely pairing, you would think, but both converge on economics, citizen’s responsibility, climate action and believe that urgent intervention is needed today for the sake of our future.

17.00-17.45

The conversations are staged in a clearing in the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, inside a simple circular structure designed by David Kelly architectural graduate and winner of the MINI/Body & Soul bursary.

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