Landscape and Revolution in Ireland, France and America 1770-1810 by Dr. Finola O'Kane Crimmins
1 April 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
This lecture will identify the origins, trajectories and tangles of the many revolutionary landscapes that have criss-crossed the Atlantic since the late eighteenth century. Moving from west to east, and from Philadelphia and Virginia to Dublin and Geneva, such reversed vistas will also question the implicit trajectory of much historical narrative. It will also explore how landscape tours became a precondition for revolutionary thought.
Finola O’Kane Crimmins lectures in the School of Architecture UCD where she directs the MUBC programme. An architect, landscape historian and conservation specialist, her first book Landscape Design in Eighteenth-century Ireland: Mixing Foreign Trees with the Natives was published in 2004 and awarded the inaugural J.B. Jackson Book Prize by the American Landscape Foundation in 2007. Her most recent book Ireland and the Picturesque: Design, Landscape Painting and Tourism in Ireland 1700–1840 was published in 2013 by Yale University Press on behalf of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. In 2013 she was appointed a fellow of Dumbarton Oaks by the Trustees of Harvard University, embarking on a research project entitled ‘Revolutionary Landscapes: Ireland, France and America 1700–1810’.
Between you and I: a lens, a screen, a mountain by Rebecca Birch, Artist
25 March 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
This talk will take a looping journey from the White Mountains of California via the Arctic Circle, the M11, the Lincolnshire Coast and the suburbs of Dublin to the desktop of a computer in Wakefield, Quebec.
Rebecca Birch is an artist making films and spending time with people and landscapes. She is currently writing a PhD about a lichen-covered stick that has been in her care since 2011. Alongside her practice she is co-director, with the artist Rob Smith, of Field Broadcast, an online live broadcast platform connecting artists in remote locations with viewers across the world.
Nutritious City: The Biospheric Project by Greg Keeffe
20 March 2014 12:00 pm at SAUL Studio
The Biospheric Project is a collaboration between Professor Greg Keeffe of Queens University School of Architecture, and Vincent Walsh CEO of the Biospheric Foundation, Salford, funded as part of the Manchester International Festival 2013.
The Project aims to challenge contemporary notions of food production and supply, by providing a positive alternative, based on technological application, ecological thinking and community involvement. It consists of a series of urban interventions regarding food production supply and delivery, which aims not only to feed people in a more healthy and sustainable way, but also close resources cycles and improve urban resilience.
The Project consists of a technological food system, a forest garden and wholefood shop in the Blackfriars neighbourhood of Central Salford. Blackfriars is typical of many inner-city neighbourhoods in the UK, being economically, socially and environmentally deprived. Although it is less than a kilometer from the centre of Manchester, there is no place to purchase fresh food.. Inserted into Irwell House, a previously derelict mill near the river, the project aims to produce hyper-localised food in a way that is sustainable by closing resource cycles. The innovative technological food system, consists of a bio-diverse aquaponic farm, which produces leaf crops and fish. The system is simple, fish are reared in tanks in the second floor of studio of the Biospheric Foundation, and plants are grown in a polytunnel on the roof of the building. The system works in a cyclical way – waste food from the neighbourhood feeds the fish, and the waste from the fish feeds the plants, which in turn purify the water for the fish. Filtration in the system is provided by a worm based mineralization system.
Greg Keeffe is an academic and urban designer with 25 years experience in sustainability, energy use and its impact on the design of built form and urban space. He is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Director of Research at Queens University School of Architecture, Belfast, UK.
Over the past 25 years he has sought to develop a series of theoretical hypotheses about our future existence on the planet, through a series of technological and spatial interventions. Most of his work comes out of a free-thinking open-ended discussion about how things should be.
Greg has extensive experience of working closely with architects and planners to develop exciting ways of re-invigorating the city through the application of innovative sustainable technologies, informing his work on the sustainable city as synergistic super-organism. In 2013 he developed The Biospheric Project, for Manchester International Festival (2013) in conjunction with Vincent Walsh of the Biospheric Foundation.
Representation & Plantation by Miriam Delaney
26 February 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
The Plantations of the early 17th century resulted in radical changes to the landscape of Ulster. The Londonderry plantations were mapped by the cartographer Thomas Raven in 1620 and document the fourteen villages and two towns constructed and settled by twelve London Guilds, and their hinterlands. A close reading of the maps reveals much about the urban morphology of these plantations settlements, the social and demographic structure of the villages (native, settlers and freeholders) and the architecture and typologies evident. They also unintentionally expose the colonial mind-set that accompanied the plantations of Ulster.
Miriam Delaney is an architect and lecturer, who has taught in UCD, QUB and is currently first year architecture year head in DIT.
Hobbema’s Swamps by Lytle Shaw
25 February 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
Preceded by 16h30 book launch by Prof. Merritt Bucholz of ‘Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics’ by Lytle Shaw.
The Dutch Golden Age painter Meindert Hobbema lavished attention on oak trees, rutted paths, checkerboard cottages and swamps, while radically downplaying the human figures that typically “animate” landscape painting. Recuperating this reversal of perspective as a major event in the history of painting, this talk develops a cultural and philosophical basis for Hobbema’s enterprise. Following talks on Jan van Goyen (2012), and Jacob van Ruisdael (2013), this lecture is the last chapter of a book in progress, New Grounds for Dutch Landscape, which reframes Dutch landscape painting not merely as a representational project, but as a matter of re-staging, within the medium of painting, the physical processes of Dutch land reclamation.
Lytle Shaw is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Admissions for English at The Department of English at New York University. He was awarded his Ph.D. 2000 (English) from The University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts 1991 (English) from Cornell University. He currently teaches two elective modules at SAUL, Radical Description and Experimental Research. His work centers on twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry and art. He is interested in how texts and art objects mediate, transform, and disrupt (rather than simply “reflect”) the cultural and social possibilities of their moments. His teaching and writing continue to focus on how recent poetry and art might not just relate to but in a sense become experimental versions of historicism, ethnography, documentary and landscape aesthetics.
Code For All Ireland by Dominic Byrne
25 February 2014 1:00 pm at SAUL Studio
Digital technology is changing the way we live our lives in areas such as banking, entertainment, education and tourism. This technology also has the capacity to transform civic society – including democratic participation, citizen journalism and supporting local communities. National and Local Governments around the world are opening up the data that they hold for reuse by others. The reuse of Open Government Data facilitates transparency, participation, collaboration and economic development.
The aim of Code for Ireland is to bring together people from local communities, software developers and people working in government in order to develop apps and services that solve community problems and also to enable open government. The first Code for Ireland chapter has been established in Dublin and in the coming years additional chapters will be established in other Irish cities and towns.
Dominic Byrne is Head of Information Technology with Fingal County Council and has 21 years experience working in IT. He holds a B.Sc. in Information Technology and M.Sc. in Information Systems.He is responsible for Fingal Open Data which was the first Open Government Data website in Ireland. He is also a member of the Dublinked management team and is chair of the National Cross Industry Working Group on Open Data. In addition, he is a member of the Digital Dublin Forum which worked on the recently launched Digital Masterplan for Dublin.
He is responsible for managing the provision of IT services in Fingal and his current interests include Open Data, Open Government, Social Media, and Knowledge Management. Dominic was designated a Dublin Digital Champion at the 2013 Lord Mayor Awards for his work on Open Data.
Eco Not Techno: Science Fiction’s (Re)Presentations of Nature by Tom Moylan
18 February 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
We will begin with looking at science fiction as a modern art form creative that can deliver critical and creative outlooks on the world that generate thought experiments that respond to problems and possibilities in the present day. We will then talk about how we humans think about our relationship with nature, as we work between two extremes wherein the first positions humans as dominant over nature and the second includes humanity as part of nature (although a self-aware part). From there we will review various ways in which science fiction has addressed nature: in terms of eco-disasters or ecocide; of ecotopias; and of the interface between humans and nature.
Tom Moylan is Glucksman Professor Emeritus in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and the Founder and Co-Director of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies (where he is also one of the editors the Ralahine Utopian Studies Book Series). For the past four years, he has also been an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture, teaching a fifth-year elective module on utopian thought and practice; and he has recently worked as a supervisor in the postgraduate research-through-practice programme at the Burren College of Art and the National University of Ireland-Galway. He is the author of two monographs on utopian and dystopian science fiction (Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination and Scraps of the Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia) and numerous essays on utopia, dystopia, theology, pedagogy, and political agency. He is co-editor of Not Yet: Reconsidering Ernst Bloch (with Jamie Owen Daniel), Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination and Utopia-Method-Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming (with Raffaella Baccolini), and Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice (with Michael J. Griffin). He has co-edited special issues of Utopian Studies on Ernst Bloch, Fredric Jameson, Irish Utopias, and Utopia and Music. In 2009, he was given the Lifetime Distinguished Scholar Award by the Society for Utopian Studies.
‘Pop-up Park (Dublin) 2013’ by Samuel Bishop / Upstart in discussion with Peter Carroll /A2 Architects
11 February 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
Granby Park was a temporary park that was built on a vacant site in Dublin’s north inner city in August 2013. It was open for 1 month. It was made from up-cycled, recycled, donated & found materials and was a collaboration between some of the city’s artists, event coordinators, architects, performers and creatives.
Built & co-ordinated completely voluntarily, almost 400 volunteers and 1,100 supporters helped create Granby Park which was visited by 40,000 people. Granby Park demonstrated not only an alternative model to the way that we use vacant sites but also an innovative platform for citizens, local government, local community, business, creative professionals and artists to work together. The city council played a valuable role in providing the site and negotiating legal & bureaucratic hurdles.
The park consisted of a polytunnel education hub space, 30 artist installations, a cafe, a children’s play area, a 300-person palette amiphitheatre, grafitti wall & boules pitch, surrounded by planting and furniture. For one month, Granby Park played host to a multitude of exhibitions, installations, events and community activities.
Samuel Bishop is a founding member of Upstart whose interests lie in enabling creative events in public space. Samuel is also co-ordinator of the nationwide street party with Streetfeast. He builds parks with Upstart. He also runs events with Happenings.
Peter Carroll is SAUL Course Director, Director of A2 Architects () and Treasurer of DoCoMoMo Ireland () A2 Architects along with Sean Harrington Architects collaborated with Upstart on the design and execution of Granby Park last summer.
Architecture in the Biosphere by Irénée Scalbert
28 January 2014 5:00 pm at Room CO-O67, Main University Building, UL
Irénée Scalbert is an architecture critic based in London. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick. He was a Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University. He currently holds the Sigfried Giedion chair at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Paris-Malaquais.
‘Art, Science and the Environment: a merry little dance’ by Simon Read
26 November 2013 5:00 pm at Room CO-O67, Main University Building, UL
Simon Read is a visual artist who, having practiced within a conventional arts milieu for many years, decided to commit himself to exploring how he might contribute to a more profound understanding of environmental change. He quickly understood that the orthodox mechanisms for promoting art are not capable of fostering this discourse and that he should seek fresh paradigms. For nearly twenty years he has increasingly collaborated with communities, fellow academics and governmental institutions to encourage a sense of societal ownership and responsibility. This has been largely focused upon coastal and estuarine environments, in particular those of East Anglia UK, where he lives and also has intimate knowledge of coastal dynamics through the ownership of a seagoing barge.