DATA Event 68.0

WHEN: 19.00 – 21.00, Thursday 31st March, 2022

WHERE: Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, National College of Art & Design, Dublin 08

SPEAKERS: Donal Lally & Fiona McDermott (ANNEX), Aisling Phelan

*** No booking required –  please wear a face mask in line with current NCAD regulations ***


ANNEX is a collaboration of artists, architects, and urban researchers born and/or based in Ireland who came together to curate the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021. ANNEX explores the material and cultural implications of large technical systems for the built environment with reference to architecture, art, computer science, and gaming platforms. Members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and Fiona McDermott.


Donal Lally is a Dublin-based architect and researcher. His work critically explores the socio-technical imaginaries of data infrastructure, focusing on data materiality, techno-utopianism, and techno-colonialism. Donal is the director of 0°M, and the co-founder of ANNEX. He is currently a lecturer at Technological University Dublin, where he is the programme chair of the Creative Arts Masters Platform.


Fiona McDermott is a researcher at CONNECT, the Research Centre for Future Communications and Networks at Trinity College Dublin. Her research explores emerging network technologies and socio-political change, with a particular focus on autonomous systems, data infrastructures, and urban governance. Previously, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York and a researcher at the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick.


Image: Annex Transmediale Festival  © Luca Giradini



Aisling Phelan is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and writer, working across 3D animation, photography, video, performance, virtual reality and live interactive technologies. She is currently in her final year of Fine Art Media at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Phelan’s practice is concerned with the body and the exploration of the digital self, through both data and imagery, and the potential for this to further our understanding of our physical selves.


Image: Distributed Presence – Aisling Phelan