Curating Conflict Workshop Friday March 9th


(Friday) 9:15 am - 4:00 pm


RD005, Rathdown House, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Grangegorman, Dublin 7


The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) and the Dublin School of Creative Arts at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), with the Royal Armouries (England)


Event Information

The Curating Conflict workshop emerges from the practical challenges museums, galleries and cultural institutions face when specifically representing experiences of conflict. By bringing together leading experts and researchers from England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, the workshop is an opportunity to gain insights from individuals and institutions involved in producing and assessing commemorative practices through collecting, curating and researching the representation of conflict in such public spaces where historical significance is constructed, transmitted and contested.

The panels consist of museum experts from Royal Armouries (England), Ulster University, Teeside University, National Museums Northern Ireland, National Museum of Ireland and National Gallery of Ireland to discuss how museums can affectively deal with the pluralist history of conflict on public platforms. This workshop will be of particular interest to museum professionals, practitioners, researchers and students. It is an open forum and an opportunity for attendees to participate in intercultural exchange, active learning and sharing of best practices with experienced museum professionals and researchers.

This event is free of charge, but booking is essential:


9.15 – 9.30 Welcome

Workshop Conveners:

Siobhán Doyle                   (PhD Researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology)

Dr Niamh Ann Kelly         (Lecturer in Visual Culture, Dublin Institute of Technology)


9.30 -11.15 Panel 1: Practicalities of Exhibiting Conflict
This panel will assess the challenges facing curators through reflecting on their curatorial experience.
Henry Yallop                       (Keeper of Armour and Edged Weapons, Royal Armouries, England).
Dr. Sandra Heise               (Curator, National Museum of Ireland).
Hannah Crowdy                (Head of Curatorial, National Museums Northern Ireland).


11.15 – 11.45 Tea and Coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Panel 2: Sensitive Objects: Material Culture of Conflict and Museum Collections
This panel will discuss the relationship between conflict and materiality and how exhibition displays can be used to connect visitors to the sensory and emotional aspects of conflict.
Prof. Elizabeth Crooke    (Professor of Museum Studies, Ulster University).
Lisa Traynor                      (Curator of Firearms, Royal Armouries, England).

Lar Joye                                               (Port Heritage Director, Dublin Port).


13.15- 14.15 Lunch (not provided)

14.15 -15.30 Panel 3: Public History: Commemorations of Conflict and Audience Expectation
Commemorative exhibitions must address a wide range of visitors. This panel will explore visitor engagement in the exhibition design process and the function of exhibitions in contemporary commemorative contexts.
Dr. Roisín Higgins             (Senior Lecturer in History, Teeside University).
Dr. Brendan Rooney       (Head Curator, National Gallery of Ireland).


15.30 -16.00 Concluding Remarks



The workshop will take place in Room RD005 in Rathdown House on DIT’s new Grangegorman Campus where the Dublin School of Creative Arts is located. The campus itself enjoys a close proximity to the center of Dublin being around 1km from O’Connell Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. It is easily accessible by foot, bicycle, and public transport.


By Public Transport

The campus is well-served by public transport. The city’s light railway service (LUAS) has a stop at Grangegorman on the Green Line which is across from the campus. It is also easy to get to the campus via Dublin Bus which have several routes which serve the campus. Some of these will drop you at an entrance to Grangegorman while other stops are just a short walk away. Please see the maps below for more details on both of these options.



By Bicycle

The bicycle parking facilities at Grangegorman are excellent and there are also lockers, showers and changing facilities available on the campus to encourage cycling commuters. DublinBikes also has a number of bike stations in the vicinity – including Blessington Street, King Street in Smithfield and Parnell Street.

By Car

The best way to get to Grangegorman is by public transport, bicycle or on foot. Unfortunately only a very restricted number of car parking spaces are available within the Grangegorman campus as the focus is on linking-in with integrated public transport and environmentally friendly options such as walking and cycling. There are however a number of car parking options nearby.

Event Organisers

The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM)

The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) is a shared space of structured doctoral studies and research support. The School is a centre for creative research development; a framework for critical interdisciplinary dialogue; and a permeable institution of enquiry that facilitates, promotes and leads the interaction between cultural practice, educational practice and the everyday world of work and innovation beyond the academy. GradCAM is working in close collaboration with the Nordic Artistic Research Network whose members are Glasgow School of Art, Valaand Academy, Luca School of Art, Bergen Arts Academy and Oslo National Academy of the Arts to help realise the Graduate School.

The School began operation on February 1st 2008 with an initial intake of nine fully-funded research scholars. Since 2012 the Graduate School has been funded by the DIT and to date 22 students have successfully graduated. There are currently (2017) 15 students fully funded within GradCAM. On 6th February 2018, GradCAM will celebrate its 10 year anniversary.


Dublin School of Creative Arts
The Dublin School of Creative Arts provides a wide range of innovative, interdisciplinary, and professional level educational and research programmes in visual communications, multimedia design, illustration, interior design, furniture design, product design, painting, scultpture, printmaking, printing technology, print management and publishing. As one of the first departments to relocate to the new Grangegorman campus, the school has striven to transform the location into a genuinely interdisciplinary space for the creation of innovative art and design.


Royal Armouries (England)

The Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world.

Its collection of about 150,000 items, including our library and archive material, is displayed and housed across its sites, in its historical home in the Tower of London, at its purpose-built museum in Leeds, and at Fort Nelson near Portsmouth. In 2005 the Museum acquired the Pattern Room Collection, started in 1631 by Charles I and enhanced by the British Armed Forces over the years, which is now housed at the Royal Armouries purpose-built National Firearms Centre.

The Royal Armouries was established in its present form by the National Heritage Act (1983) and is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It currently employs 183 staff and receives nearly 2 million visitors a year across the three sites.



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GradCAM at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia


Event Details

Our everyday lives are becoming increasingly entangled with data technologies. The Irish Pavilion addresses the utopian fantasy of the Cloud, as a romantic metaphor: The cloud is material. By foregrounding the physicality of data infrastructure and its impact on the environment the pavilion hopes to both reframe how we understand data production and its impact on everyday life.The 2021 Irish Pavilion exhibition, Entanglement, at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of LaBiennale di Venezia, will explore the materiality of data, and the interwoven human, environmental and cultural impacts of communication technologies. The exhibition will highlight how data production and consumption territorialise the physical landscape, and examine Ireland’s place in the pan-national evolution of data infrastructure.Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and the exhibition in2021 will be curated by Annex, a collective of architects, artists, and urbanists. Entanglement responds to the theme selected by the curators of the Biennale Architettura 2021, How will we live together? The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the materiality of the global internet and Cloud services, which is interwoven with the Irish landscape – made manifest through the vast constellation of data centres, fibre optic cable networks, and energy grids that have come to populate its cities and suburbs over recent decades.

Ireland plays a significant historical role in the evolution of global communications and data infrastructure.In 1866, the world’s first commercially successful transatlantic telegraph cable landed on the West coast ofIreland. In 1901, the inventor of the radio Guglielmo Marconi transmitted some of the world’s first wireless radio messages from Ireland across the Atlantic Ocean to Newfoundland. Today, Dublin has overtakenLondon as the data centre hub of Europe, hosting 25% of all available European server space. And by the year 2027, data centres are forecast to consume a third of Ireland’s total electricity demand.

Entanglement draws from both contemporary and historical data storage artefacts as building blocks to form the structure of the pavilion. These artefacts are assembled in a campfire formation, referencing this primitive architectural space where early human civilisations formed alliances, built social networks and eventually developed complex societies. The pavilion asserts that from the burning of campfire logs to the management of waste heat generated by contemporary data infrastructure, the production and distribution of information is intrinsically connected to the production and distribution of heat.

By foregrounding these thermodynamic processes as a link between the architectures of the campfire and the data centre, the pavilion speculates on the relationship between these forms and how diverse communities converge around them in the past and into the future. Entanglement invites its audience to experience this thermal logic themselves through real-time thermographic imaging technologies that juxtapose key sites associated with data infrastructure in Ireland with traces of human activity in the Arsenale.


Drone thermographic image of agricultural land in Ireland, highlighting the heat generated from data infrastructure. © ANNEX

Drone thermographic image of agricultural land in Ireland, highlighting the heat generated from data infrastructure.


These complex series of energy-intensive thermal transformations in the pavilion presents an immersive and performative visitor experience from illustrating the extent to which people are producing, consuming and disseminating data across the globe, to bringing transparency to the local and planetary scale of data infrastructure networks; for example, how a Facebook ‘like’ in Malaysia can trigger the emission of heat from a server on the outskirts of Dublin.


From top left to right, Donal Lally (GradCAM), Alan Butler (artist) , Clare Lyster (Illinois University), Sven Anderson (GradCAM), David Capener (GradCAM) and Fiona McDermott (Trinity College)

From top left to right, Donal Lally (GradCAM), Alan Butler (artist) , Clare Lyster (Illinois University), Sven Anderson (GradCAM), David Capener (GradCAM) and Fiona McDermott (Trinity College)


Annex is an international multidisciplinary research and design collective, comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists, whose work operates between and beyond the subject areas of computer science, gaming platforms, technology and public space, data centres, sensor technology, and large technical systems. Members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and FionaMcDermott.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and in 2021 thepavilion also has the support of: The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media;Royal Institute of Architects Ireland; TU Dublin School of Creative Arts; TU Dublin Graduate School ofCreative Arts and Media; Trinity College Dublin; CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks andCommunications; University of Illinois at Chicago, Creative Activity Award; Valentia Slate, ARUP, Office ofPublic Works and Green on Red Gallery.

Irish Pavilion Sponsors

Irish Pavilion Sponsors



May 22 (Saturday) 1:00 am - November 21 (Sunday) 1:00 am


30122 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

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