ANNEX is a collaboration of artists, architects, and urban researchers born and/or based in Ireland who came together to curate the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021. ANNEX explores the material and cultural implications of large technical systems for the built environment with reference to architecture, art, computer science, and gaming platforms. Members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and Fiona McDermott.

Sven Anderson is an artist, researcher, and architectural consultant based in Dublin, Ireland. His practice operates through urban intervention, participatory actions, collaborative research, and interactive design. His installations and performances respond to details of the built environment, the bodies of the audience, and fragments of local history and ecology to suggest emergent, site-specific forms. He develops projects in which different perspectives surface together, prioritising shared authorship and collaborations that converge on systems articulated in public space. 

Alan Butler is an artist and educator living and working in Dublin, Ireland. Educated at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland, and Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, his artwork has been featured in over 150 galleries, museums, and festivals around the world, most often exploring the material and symbolic qualities of digital objects. His work is featured in the collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, IMMA: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin, among many others. His work is represented by Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.
David Capener is a theorist, educator, writer, architect, and designer. His practice critically examines the spaces produced by our contemporary technological condition. He has taught on the masters programme at Queen’s University School of Architecture and the Belfast School of Architecture at Ulster University. He has written for The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and numerous other print and online publications.

Donal Lally is an architect and co-founder of the architectural office zero-degree machine [z-dm]. He has recently published articles in Strelka Magazine and Archplus, and given talks at the Floating University (Berlin), Berlin University of the Arts, and at the UCD School of Architecture. Donal is an assistant lecturer in design theory at the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts.

Clare Lyster is an Irish-born architect based in Chicago, where she runs CLUAA, a design-based research practice that explores the built environment from the perspective of urban systems and infrastructural networks. She is the author of Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities (2016); co-editor of Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan (2017), and editor of Hot Farms: How Emails Grow Tomatoes (forthcoming, 2022). She is an Associate Professor at the UIC School of Architecture.

Fiona McDermott is a researcher at CONNECT, the Research Centre for Future Communications and Networks at Trinity College Dublin. Her research explores the social and cultural implications of data-driven technologies, with a particular focus on autonomous systems, data infrastructures, and urban governance. Previously, she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York and a researcher at the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick.

Space Forms is an Irish fabrication company, led by Sara Murphy and Frank Prendergast that helps artists and creatives bring their visions to life with bespoke design, fabrication, and project management services. Space Forms encompasses a breadth of experience from large outdoor events to intimate gallery exhibitions. It works closely with clients to realise both the technical and conceptual aspects of a project, keeping the integrity of the piece front and centre at every stage.

Graphic Design

Alex Synge
is an Irish graphic designer and art director currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His studio specialises in design for print, web, and visual identity, creating striking, thoughtful and useful things for a wide range of clients in the cultural, academic, and commercial fields.

Structural Engineer
ARUP, Dublin

Project engineers: Adela Tablas and Cathal Quinn.