DATA Event 75.0


WHEN: 19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 30th March

WHERE: Unit 44, Stoneybatter, Dublin 07

SPEAKERS: Cliona Harmey, Yurika Higashikawa & Ria Czerniak-Lebov


Cliona Harmey works primarily with technology exploring the politics inherent in both contemporary and historical socio-technical systems from a variety of perspectives. She uses material exploration and hands-on artistic practice to try to understand technical systems. She is interested in different ways of making immaterial and mutable data tangible and the inscription processes of its capture and production. Over the last two years she has worked collaboratively over distance with Belgian artist Filip Berte sharing research and exploring ideas around critical
geography and sociotechnical systems of exclusion and inclusion. Of particular interest to both artists are ideas around social justice, visibility/invisibility, occlusion and machine vision.


Ria Czerniak-LeBov is a printmaker, writer and musician based in Dublin. She is a full-time member of Graphic Studio Dublin and part-time lecturer at NCAD Fine Art Print. Her etchings have been exhibited widely including Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, National Botanic Gardens and NUI Maynooth. Her work is also included in several permanent collections including Trinity College Dublin, Office of Public Works and Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors. Her practice explores the relationship between analogue and digital technologies. Drawing inspiration from an array of apps and devices, Czerniak-LeBov’s etchings reflect the mediated modes by which we now experience the built environment. Her recent paper Irish Printmakers in the Age of Digital Reproduction was selected and published by IMPACT International Printmaking Conference. This body of research was also the basis for her recent curatorial debut Oscillation which took place at Graphic Studio Gallery.


Yurika Higashikawa is a Dublin-based multidisciplinary, research-driven artist who works across experimental film, writing and site-specific collaborative workshops. Their work documents and experiments with how we both individually and collectively maintain a sense of agency against the backdrop of seemingly ‘untouchable’ economic, technological and political systems. They are concerned with tracing how these systems converse with our sense of subjectivity. Above all else, Yurika is drawn to highlighting conditions that stifle our abilities to act for ourselves and each other.

Their latest film ‘Hypermedia Apophenia’ attempts to personalise and ‘make close’ the large scale surveillance project called ROXANNE (Real time netwOrk, teXt, and speaker Analytics for combatiNg orgaNized crimE), in order to critique it’s embedded, abstracted, top-down governance strategies. Yurika is currently researching Irish Neutrality and questions how we can envision the pursuit of self-determination beyond the rhetoric of military non-alliances.

Yurika is currently supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and is a recipient of The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme.