The Digital Hub launch Radicle Lab to explore Dublin 8 community art and ecology
- The Radicle Lab is curated by current Artist-in-Resident at The Digital Hub Seoidín O’Sullivan.
- Launching this week, The Radicle Lab explores ecology and sustainability projects in the Dublin 8 area
The Digital Hub is set to host a unique creative ecologies project focusing on environmental sustainability, curated by current Artist-in-Resident Seoidín O’Sullivan. The Radicle Lab will bring local communities, artists and researchers together to connect, celebrate and develop ecologically sustainable projects in the surrounding Dublin 8 area. This Creative Laboratory will launch this week and runs until Friday, June 10th at iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge on The Digital Hub campus, in Dublin’s Liberties.
The Radicle Lab will bring local communities, artists and academic researchers into a shared, open space where sustainable ideas can evolve and grow to create an impact on the Dublin 8 area. It is also hoped the Lab will drive conversations around the next phase of Dublin 8’s development. The Lab will host community ecology projects from the Dublin 8 area through a series of lunchtime excursions, including visits to the Bridgefoot Street Park and a walk and talk session along the Camac River and Turvey Park.
Additionally, daily workshops will be held including the It’s always about the Land, a discussion with Pallas Studios on high studio rents for artists, and the Social Justice Greening toolkit workshop, delivered by BCNUEJ (Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability). These will intertwine the topics of socio-ecologies, contemporary critical ecological art practices and the rights of nature.
Commenting on the Radicle Lab, Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub said:
“The work that Seoidín has committed to during her time as The Digital Hub’s Artist-in-Resident has been exceptional, and I am pleased to see the launch of the Radicle LAB project as part of that. Dublin 8’s ecology is central to its identity and future development, and how this development can be achieved sustainably.”
Seoidín O’Sullivan, Artist-in-Resident at The Digital Hub said:
“The Radicle Lab is timely, as it not only focuses on the work of previous urban ecological projects around Dublin, but also on what we can do as a community to imagine and create just ecological futures in the area. I’m grateful to The Digital Hub for facilitating the events that will be taking place over the two weeks and thankful for the speakers contributing to the Radicle Lab. I look forward to discussing ideas on ecological projects in the Dublin 8 area with artists, researchers and the local community.”
During her Artist-in-Residency programme, Seoidín has taken part in multiple research projects including a continuation of Mapping Green Dublin with Common Ground and UCD Geography, Urban Grit with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project and geographer Alma Clavin and the Emotional mapping of the Camac River alongside geographer Ronan Foley. The Radicle LAB project offers an insight into these research developments and provides a space for open discussions on future ecologically creative sustainable projects among the local community. More information about The Radicle Lab is available here: https://www.thedigitalhub.com/news/the-digital-hub-launch-radicle-lab-to-explore-dublin-8-community-art-and-ecology/
Schedule of events:
Thursday 2nd June
Feminist Counter-Topographies reading group
Walk and talk on to Turvey park along Camac River
Friday 3rd June
NCAD Masters students from Art in Contemporary World developing Critical Ecology Art Projects
Novel Ecologies with Doctor Melissa Pineda Pinto and Novel Eco team
Tuesday 7th June
It’s always about the Land Artists discussion on studio spaces, high rents and critical ecologies with Kate O’Shea and Seoidín O’Sullivan and Pallas Studios.
A local flax growing and weaving project with Marja Almqvist
Visit to Taplins Field Bridgefoot Street Community Garden
Wednesday 8th June
10am – 3pm:
Critical Design prototyping workshop with community greening projects aimed at supporting people who are interested in taking action to enhance green spaces and/or biodiversity in their local area. Led by Dr Anne Schiffer (Leeds University), practical exercises to support ‘design thinking’ for idea development will be discussed.
Thursday 9th June
Social Justice Greening toolkit workshop with URBANA (Barcelona) led by Panagiota Kotsila
Friday 10th June
NCAD Art in Contemporary World Masters Students developing creative critical ecology projects.
Screening of Rights of Nature Film and talk a new conversation on law and ecology with Dr Peter Doran
For more information:
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About The Digital Hub
Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Forty-three established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ approx. 300 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Akara Robotics, Bizimply, Good Travel Software and Neuromod to scale and grow. Major global companies like Lonely Planet are also based in The Digital Hub, along with industry organisations like PhotoIreland.
Since the project’s inception, over 400 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Black Shamrock, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, patientMpower, Slack, Software AG, Silicon Republic, Square1, Stripe, TIBCO, VSware and Wachsman.
The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners. For example, the Future Creators Cadets is delivered by H2 Learning and supported by National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin. The Digital Hub also works with community groups and organisations such as the Robert Emmet Community Development Project and Pocket Forests amongst others. The Digital Hub is one of four lead partners on the Smart D8 initiative which aims to improve and sustain the health and wellbeing of Dublin 8 citizens through innovation and collaboration.
The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment.
In March 2021, the Government decided to dissolve the Digital Hub Development Agency and close The Digital Hub. The Agency will now embark upon an orderly winddown process which will see the transfer of lands to the Land Development Agency. All operations at The Digital Hub, including various community initiatives and partnerships, will continue as normal up until the closure date.
The Digital Hub is in a position to offer leases for new and existing companies up until 2025 following an agreement with the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment. Further information is available at: www.thedigitalhub.com or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.