Data: Screening of the Internet’s Own Boy and Q&A with Gabriella Coleman

Screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy” (2014) Q&A with Gabriella Coleman

When: Thursday July 10th 2014 6pm

Where: Seminar Room CTVR Dunlop Oriel House, Corner of Fenian Street and Westland Row.


The Internet’s Own Boy (2014) In life, Aaron Swartz was a force in creating today’s Web, helping write game-changing code in his early teens before turning his attentions to Internet activism. In death – an apparent suicide that came as he faced federal charges that could have sent him to prison for decades – he became a martyr of sorts, a champion for a new generation of believers that the Web, and the information on it, deserve to be free. Swartz’ story is now the subject of a documentary film.“The Internet’s Own Boy” is a tale that merges a captivating life story with a look at some of the most important legal, social and ethical issues of the digital age.

Gabriella Coleman Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking” has been published with Princeton University Press. She is currently working on a new book on Anonymous: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: From 4chan Lolcats to Anonymous Everywhere for Verso. She has given numerous talks on hackers, digital activism, open source production and intellectual property law.


Data: Glitch 2014

Glitch 2014

When: Thursday June 19th 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: Free

Where: CTVR, Corner of Fenian Street & Westland Row


This D.A.T.A. features presentations from the artists featured in this years Glitch festival, curated by Nora O’Murchu. Glitch at Rua Red is an annual festival that brings together leading media and technology artists, curators, researchers, and artist groups with audiences to explore emerging and established contemporary cultural and critical issues that arise from artist’s intersection and investigations with digital technology. This year Glitch focus on how artists are using new media to explore their position in relation to broader social and political systems. Taking on subjects such as privacy, love, work, art-production and aesthetics, the exhibition shows how criticism, humor and innovation are used to analyse and partly re-configure these issues.

The three featured artists, Addie Wagenknecht (USA), Fergal Brennan (IRL) and Breda Lynch (IRL) will present on their work in Glitch and their practices more generally.

Addie Wagenknecht is an American artist based in Austria, whose work explores the tension between forms of culture and technology. Wagenknecht is a member of the Free Art & Technology (F.A.T.) Lab and chairs the Open Hardware Summit at MIT. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Museumsquartier Vienna, The Istanbul Biennial, and Rua Red Dublin. She has been featured in press such as TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Economist, and The New York Times. She has a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and has previously held fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City, Culture Lab UK, Institute HyperWerk for Postindustrial Design, Basel (CH), and The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. She is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.

Fergal Brennan works in time-based visual media. He incorporates traditional hand-drawn or stop-motion animation with the precision of modern digital film technology and programming. His practice focuses on the exploration of film and animation as a graphic language and communication tool, with all of the political, social and aesthetic implications that arise from it.

Breda Lynch is a visual artist living and working in Limerick, Ireland. She received her BA Hons degree at the Crawford College of Art, Cork, MA from Chelsea College of Art, London and an MPhil from the University of Wolverhampton, England. She has mounted solo shows in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Breda Lynch has participated in-group shows in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Turkey, Thailand China and the USA. Most notably of these shows was the BEFF – Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 2008 and the Irish Pavilion at World Expo, Shanghai 2010. She has been a recipient of the Artists Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and a number of Limerick City Council Artist Bursary Awards and was a prize-winner at Iontas in 2007. 
She has curated art exhibitions, most notably ‘Darkness Visible’ with Ann Mulrooney at the Galway Arts Centre commissioned by the Galway Arts Festival in 2008, ‘A Poem of Friendship’ at Occupy Space, Limerick 2010, ‘Excavate, ’commissioned by Cork Printmakers and Cork City Museum at Cork City Museum 2010 and ‘Other Drawings’ at Ormston House part of Creative Limerick scheme 2012.

This Data event is supported by the Centre for Telecommunicatons Research, Trinity College Dublin


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