1pm – 8pm, Saturday, 1st October, 2022

Where: NCAD Gallery, Dublin 08

DATA AT 20 is an event to celebrate 20 years of the Dublin Art and Technology Association.

Taking place in the gallery of the National College of Art and Design, DATA AT 20 will feature a series of talks, screenings and performances with contributions from Alana Conlon, Ben Gaulon, Cliona Harmey, Dennis McNulty, fanvid DIY Film Club, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Nicky Gogan, Rachel O’Dwyer, Rachel Murphy, Venus Patel and others.

The event will also host Open DATA – an informal platform to share new work and ideas with a supportive community. We welcome contributions from artists, researchers, hackers, technologists of all levels and backgrounds, if you’re interested in a slot, get in touch:

DATA AT 20 is a free event, open to all and no booking is required.





13.15 – DATA>> Context Panel Discussion brings together some of the key people involved in running DATA across its twenty-year history to discuss the need for critical digital arts practices and their enduring relevance in a vastly changed technological environment.

Speakers: Rachel O’Dwyer., Ben Gaulon (remote), Nicky Gogan (remote), Jonah Brucker-Cohen (remote), Paul O’ Neill

14.30 – OPEN DATA>> Open Forum

15.30 – DATA>> Recall  brings together artists who previously presented at DATA to re-examine their work in the context of the present day and to examine routes between the past and present.

Artists: Dennis McNulty, Seodin O’Sullivan, Cliona Harmey.

16.45 – OPEN DATA>> Open Forum

17.40Fan-Vid Film Club Presents is a screening and discussion programme organised by Fan-Vid Film Club in association with DATA presenting moving image work in progress from a selection of artists.

18.45 – DATA>> Now Presentations finishes the programme with the next instalment of the DATA talks series. Here three artists present ongoing work that critically explores technology through creative practice.

Artists : Alana Conlon, Rachel Murphy, Venus Patel.




Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ph.D., is an artist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Lehman College / CUNY in the Bronx. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin. He is a visiting faculty at Cornell Tech for the 22/23 academic year. His work focuses on “Deconstructing Networks” with works that challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction. His artwork has been exhibited at venues such as SFMOMA, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA, ICA London, Whitney Museum of American Art, Palais du Tokyo, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and more. He is co-founder of the Dublin art And Technology Association. His artworks, “Bumplist” and “America’s Got No Talent” are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has written for WIRED, Make, Gizmodo, Neural and more. His Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in over 15 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia since 2003.


Benjamin Gaulon is an artistresearcher, educator and cultural producer. He has previously released work under the name “recyclism“. His research focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies; planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society; ownership and privacy; through the exploration of détournement, hacking and recycling. His projects can be softwares, installations, pieces of hardware, web based projects, interactive works, street art interventions and are, when applicable, open source. He is currently director of NØ SCHOOL, a non profit organisation whose mission is to support and promote emerging art and design research and practices that address the social and environmental impacts of information and communication technologies, in France and beyond. Co-organiser of NØ SCHOOL NEVERS 2019, 2021 and 2022. And he is the CEO of IoDT the Internet of Dead Things Institute.


Nicky Gogan is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design Ireland and is a graduate of EAVE 2008. Nicky founded the Darklight Festival (1999) and from then began producing and directing animations, artist films, dramas and documentaries through her production company Still Films. She co-produced the much-praised animated documentary, Femke Wolting/Tommy Palotta’s LAST HIJACK which opened the Panorama Dokumenta at the Berlin Film Festival (2014) and won an EMMY Award for best online production in the non-fiction category in Cannes. Her most recent feature documentary production LOST IN FRANCE, premiered this year to much critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Film Festival had it’s Irish premier at the Galway Film Festival and was released in the UK and Ireland with Curzon/Artificial Eye in 2017.


Rachel O’ Dwyer is a lecturer in Digital Cultures at the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She was a Fulbright Scholar at UC Irvine and the
Microsoft Research Labs, Cambridge; she is currently a fellow at Connect, the centre for Networks and Telecommunications at Trinity College, Dublin. She is a co-editor of
Neural Magazine and has written for outlets such as Convergence, MIT Press and the London Review of Books.She has curated a number of conferences, events and talk series on
digital cultures. She is the author of Tokens: The Future of Money (Verso, 2023).


Venus Patel was born in Los Angeles, holds a BA in Fine Art from TU Dublin (2022) and is an experimental film and performance artist.She uses her work to talk about her experience as a trans femme of colour, trying to navigate the world. Venus questions the heteronormative society we live in, why the need to conform is so heavily enforced, and how that affects theperceptions of ourselves, others, and the world around us. She has recently performed and collaborated in the making of “Privilege: The Musical” (2022), and “Hive City Legacy: Dublin” (2022). Her experimental short film “Eggshells” has been selected for the Gaze International Film Festival and the RDS Visual Art Awards.


Alana Conlon is a multidisciplinary artist and tutor based in Dublin. Alana recently completed a Masters of Arts in Digital Fashion in the University for the Creative Arts, UK,where she is now tutoring in digital art practice and software. Their work utilises 3D software to explore Irish Mythology, digital alter egos and ethereal utopias. Alana is a member of the
Digi.gxl and Ragaire collectives.


Rachel Enright Murphy (b.2000) is an interdisciplinary artist and recent NCAD Fine Art Media graduate. Her work seeks to understand how contemporary culture shapes our understanding of natural ecologies. It explores systems like scientific imaging databases and stock footage websites through video and audio installation, print and writing. Her practice weaves intricate narratives from seemingly disparate sources, reinterpreting scientific literature and data as fictional text.


OPEN DATA featured contributions from Tinsel Town (Tim Redfern + Trev O’ Reilly), Nadia J. Armstrong + Baliboc (Jack Colley).