Event: Making Things Public Panel Discussion

Speakers: Dr. Ronan Farrell, Dr. Aphra Kerr, Prof. Rob Kitchin, Bea McMahon
Chair: Dr. Mick Wilson
The Lab, Foley Street
Wednesday November 30th, 19:00 – 20:45

Places are free, but booking is essential. Contact artsoffice@dublincity.ie to confirm a place.

This panel will explore some of the social and cultural issues emerging around a society that is increasingly contingent on the economy, governance and politics of information. Speakers will address issues such as the ethico-political and social implications of open data, the new political spaces and forms of assembly facilitated by network media, and the artist’s public role in engaging these issues.

Presentation Details

Ronan Farrell: Dr. Ronan Farrell, is a lecturer in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Director of the Institute of Wireless & Microelectronic research at NUI Maynooth. he is also the coordinator of Dublinked, an innovative new Data sharing network in collaboration with NUIM and Dublin City Council. The dublinked network is seeking to link data, sectors, skills and people to generate new commercial opportunities for the Dublin Region. Dublinked also provides the Dublin Region’s first Open Data Platform which makes public data available for research and reuse http://www.dublinked.ie/.

Aphra Kerr: Dr Aphra Kerr is a lecturer in Sociology at NUI Maynooth and has been researching and publishing on aspects of digital games for over a decade. Aphra will speak about regimes of governance in massively multiplayer online games, exploring the production of algorithmic systems of surveillance and their implications for other online spaces.

Rob Kitchin: Prof. Rob Kitchin is Director of NIRSA, and Chairperson of the Irish Social Sciences Platform. He has published widely across the social sciences, including 17 books (3 more in press) and over 100 articles and book chapters. He is editor of the international journals, Progress in Human Geography (ISI rank 2/61) and Dialogues in Human Geography, and for eleven years was the editor of Social and Cultural Geography. He is the author of Code/Space: Software in Everyday Life, (MIT, 2011) which explores the role of code and automated systems of management in the production of space.

Bea McMahon: Bea McMahon is a Dublin based artist whose piece, One Letter Poem, appears in the Quantified Self Show . By examining the work of John Latham and what he sought to achieve through the Artist placement Group that brought artists directly into the workings of advanced industrial societies, Bea will question the figure of the artist in network culture: Is this someone in a position to negotiate organizations dominated by language and make explicit underlying structures? Or is the artist, especially within the scientific or information technology industries, seen as a translator- someone visualises data, allowing us to imagine their use value? Or could it be that the artist is a fool and outsider, providing relief from the unending progression of innovation and technology?

Mick Wilson: Mick Wilson (BA, MA, MSc, PhD) is an artist, writer and educator. He is Head of Fine Art at DIT, currently on secondment as the founder Dean of GradCAM (2008-2012). Formerly Head of Research at NCAD, he was recently appointed as an Adjunct in the School of Computer Science at TCD. He has lectured internationally on art research, public culture, creative education and urbanism and is the principal investigator for ‘SHARE (2010-2013)’, a major European research network for doctoral studies across the creative arts with participants from 29 different countries. He is also an active member of the European Arts Research Network (EARN) and led the Artist as Citizen EU policy grouping (2009-10). He has organized many conferences, exhibitions, summer schools and developed several new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across creative arts theory and practice. Mick’s research and professional interests are eclectic, ranging from the reputational economy of contemporary art to the rhetorical construction of knowledge conflict, and from the contested reconstruction of the contemporary university to the general arena of critical cultural pedagogies.

Quantified Self

This programme of events has been curated by Rachel O’Dwyer to complement the exhibition Quantified Self currently showing at the LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council Arts Office. The exhibition features new work by artists Michelle Browne, Cliona Harmey, Saoirse Higgins and Bea McMahon in collaboration with Shimmer Research. The exhibition is part of Innovation Dublin 2011 and is supported by the Arts Council/An Comhairle EalaĆ­on

For more see www.thelab.ie

The LAB, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1