Dublin - Dublin City / South Georgian Quarter

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) /ANNEX

States of Entanglement: Data in the Irish Landscape at the Venice Architecture Biennale


Join the RIAI and Annex, curators of the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, for a live conversation and film. The multi-disciplinary Annex team will discuss the concept behind their installation ‘Entanglement’ and show footage from the Irish Pavilion in Venice. The Irish Pavilion brings the physicality of data infrastructure to the forefront with Entanglement, an exhibit addressing the environmental, cultural and human impact of data. The Pavilion aims to reframe the way we understand data production while exploring its impact on everyday life. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by the RIAI. ANNEX is a collective of architects, artists and urbanists: Sven Anderson / Alan Butler / David Capener / Donal Lally / Clare Lyster / Fiona McDermott. Their pavilion ‘Entanglement’ responds to the theme selected by the curator of the Biennale Architettura 2021 Hashim Sarkis: How will we live together? Ireland has played 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 Valentia Island on Ireland’s west coast. In 1901 the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi, transmitted some of the world’s first wireless radio messages from Ireland across the Atlantic to Newfoundland. Today Dublin has overtaken London as the data centre hub of Europe, hosting 25% of all available European server space. By the year 2027 Ireland’s data centres are forecast to consume a third of the country’s total electricity demand.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the materiality of the global internet and the cloud, which have infiltrated the Irish landscape through a vast constellation of data centres, fibre optic cable networks and energy grids. Entanglement and the Venice Architecture Biennale are open to the public until 21 November 2021.

Time: 5pm - 6pm

Genres: Architecture / Screening

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