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Explore themes of data entanglement with ANNEX and friends at the IAF Summer School in Galway and online this 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.”
ANNEX is a collaboration of artists, architects, and urban researchers who came together to curate the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021. Members Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and Fiona McDermott will contribute to the IAF Summer School 2022. Other members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler and David Capener.
Our 2022 Summer School includes in-person events for the first time – on site in Galway City and County – as well as online. The programme consists of an Entanglement exhibition tour, an on-site workshop at the Marconi Wireless Station in Connemara, and an online seminar.
All events are free of charge and open to all. You may book for individual events or for all of them.
Tuesday 12 July, 11:00-12:00
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 on 12 July.
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).
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.
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.
The IAF Summer School is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Photo by Alan Butler of Entanglement, Irish Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.