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DIT GradCAM curates unique programme of events at the Venice Biennale

Posted: 21 September, 2017

The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access: GradCAM @The Research Pavilion in Venice is curated by Dr Noel Fitzpatrick (DIT GradCAM) and Dr Brian Fay (Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT) and will feature the ambitious exhibition, Cf, by Irish artist Jeanette Doyle.

Taking place from 30 September - 1 October, the rich programme of events also includes unique interventions, performances and seminars by members of the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM), a centre for creative, cross-disciplinary research in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The works promote forms of art and artworks exploring the post-digital aesthetics within an era of open data and open access. 

Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean of GradCAM and Head of Research in the DIT College of Arts and Tourism, explains “This is a huge opportunity for us to showcase the research that is ongoing in DIT (GradCAM) on the world stage of contemporary art.”

Cf uses Venice Biennale as its template with particular attention to the staging of National Pavilions where over 150 artists and curators are representing a nation of their own choosing, in a manner of their own determination. Cf will be manifest in Venice as a series of projections, the temporal selection of which will be determined by an algorithm, representing videos and sounds files which capture international iterations of the project.

Cf is produced in partnership with the:artist:network, New York with collaborations from the U.S., Taiwan, Thailand, China and others and is supported by The Irish Museum of Modern Art and Science Foundation Ireland. Of particular note is The Border Pavilion, curated by Raul Zamudio, a program of video works by international artists that touch upon the global geopolitics of immigration and includes a live performance by Holly Crawford. Cf also features a special contribution by The Reversible Destiny Foundation established by Arakawa and Madeline Gins in 2010. Jeanette Doyle will also be in conversation with Dr Brian Fay, a Lecturer in Fine Art at DIT, on the Cf project.

Other GradCAM activities in The Research Pavilion during this time include:

  • Seminar The Contributive Economy will be part of the Digital Studies Network Seminar hosted by GradCAM, Dublin and L'Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), Centre Pompidou Paris. The speakers include internationally acclaimed philosopher Professor Bernard Stiegler and Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, DIT. 
  • A workshop called The Utopia of Access and Data Analytics about data mining and data analytics will be led by Professor John Kelleher, Academic Leader for the DIT Institute of Information, Communications and Entertainment.
  • A panel discussion, Art Way of Thinking, will feature current DIT PhD candidates Grainne Coughlan and Jye O'Sullivan.
  • A live presentation by GradCAM's The Aesthetics Group (Mick O'Hara, Cathy O'Carroll, Connell Vaughan and Jeanette Doyle) in response to Michael Bell-Smith's Birds Over the White House (2006), specially re-purposed for The Research Pavilion (2017), courtesy of the artist and Foxy Production, New York.
  • The Enquiry (Jeanette Doyle, Jennie Guy, Emer Lynch and Deborah Madden) will deliver a sequence of screenings, specially created artworks and live presentations. The Enquiry is also curating objects and images from the Cf project in the Research Pavilion.
  • Performances, seminars and interventions by current doctoral researchers in GradCAM (Irina Gheorghe, Mike Glennon, Cathy O' Carroll and Tommie Soro) and lectures/seminars by senior DIT researchers including Dr Glen Loughran, Martin McCabe, Dr Conor Mc Carrigle and Dr El Putman.

The Venice Biennale is a renowned international art exhibition, now in its 57th year. 

GradCAM@The Research Pavilion, Venice is kindly supported by Culture Ireland and the Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT.