Data in the Irish Landscape

Actar 2021

States of Entanglement: Data In the Irish Landscape draws attention to some of the extraordinary transformations and profound contradictions being brought about by information technologies, decoded from the lens of Ireland’s significant role in telecommunications. The building blocks of contemporary digital communication began when the first commercial transatlantic cable landed at Valentia Island in 1866 and, today, Dublin is a leader in data centre development worldwide.

Situated in the Irish context, this publication draws together researchers in the fields of media theory, art, and geography, as well as architecture and design, to interrogate some of the cultural, material, and environmental states of data infrastructure as told by Entanglement, the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Together, these argue that ‘the cloud’ is not an ethereal and abstract space but has distinct material and environmental footprints that compel us to re-evaluate the utopian fantasy of digital communication and to reflect on how we live together through data infrastructure, today and into the future.

With contributions by Patrick Bresnihan, Patrick Brodie, Catherine Ince, Merlo Kelly, Chris Morash, Paul O’Neill, and Nicole Starosielski.

Copy Editing: Michael K. Hayes
Graphic Design: Alex Synge

Supported by UIC Creative Activity Award

Available via Amazon and select bookstores from July 1 2021.