MExIndex•  Experimental and visual arts-based moving image works by Irish artists

Online database

MExIndex is a searchable online database with free access to key information and writing on experimental and visual arts-based moving image works by Irish artists, by artists living in Ireland and on subject matter relating to Irish history, politics, culture and society. Works are continually being added to the database. It is a resource It is primarily a resource for curators, gallerists and museums, both national and international, to highlight and help find such works.

Ethics of Coding – A Report on the Algorithmic Condition

Cordis Europa- European Report, 2018

Professor Felicity Colman, Kingston University, London, United Kingdom (KU)
Professor Vera Bühlmann, Technische Universität Wien, Austria (TU)
Professor Aislinn O’Donnell, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland (NUIM)
Professor Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University, Netherlands (UU)


Database • Ireland Illustrated 1680-1860 • Moore Institute, NUIG

Ireland Illustrated, 1680-1860, is a database of over 500 images of Ireland, with accompanying text, drawn from more than 50 manuscript and printed works, and highlighting several neglected or rarely accessible sources. It provides an opportunity to examine how, in the case of Ireland, diverse representations were created in the course of two centuries.

This collection takes as a starting point the fact that the combination of word and picture in illustrated travel books has shaped how the world is seen, from the early days of printing to the era of the photograph, with the rise of the predecessors of the National Geographic, and continuing into the digital deluge of today. An important part of the visual record of Ireland can be found in illustrations made by or for travellers. Ireland Illustrated draws attention to what they express and how they fit with the written record. What images are chosen, what scenes are worth noting, the colour and emphasis given to an account or a picture, these are important choices when representing a people and their country. They often say as much about the traveller as about realities on the ground.

The presentation of these illustrated accounts encourages further exploration of general trends in the ways that people, including the Irish, thought about and imagined Ireland, and the esthetic or ideological forces at work behind the scenes. At the same time, it allows us to see and appreciate the individual viewpoints of those writers or artists who avoided the obvious comment and the sterotypical scene. The links between people, places, images and text sheds new light on interactions between individual authors, artists and publishers, and, through the examination of Ireland’s case, it foregrounds some of the processes by which travel accounts became illustrated.

We are a collaborative international project based at the Moore Institute of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

I.S. Complex • Carriglea Industrial School

I.S. Complex is an interactive, immersive and experiential visualisation. It attempts to uncover the hidden history of the material structure of the Dun Laoghaire IADT campus in its former function as the Carriglea Industrial School, which operated in Deansgrange, Co. Dublin, for 60 years from 1894-1954

Explore Carriglea

I.S. Complex is an interactive, immersive and experiential visualisation. It attempts to uncover the hidden history of the material structure of the Dun Laoghaire IADT campus in its former function as the Carriglea Industrial School, which operated in Deansgrange, Co. Dublin, for 60 years from 1894-1954.

Background to Carriglea

Initially conceived by the Christian Brothers as a south Dublin counterpart to the much larger Artane complex, Carriglea was, by all accounts, a highly chaotic and dilapidated place, suffering from chronic overcrowding, lack of maintenance and under-investment. In the 1930s the school experienced a catastrophic collapse in leadership, which precipitated the imposition of a brutal disciplinarian regime throughout much of the 1940s; some harrowing accounts of which are detailed in the Ryan Report.

In 1954 the Christian Brothers closed the Industrial School and dispersed the population to other Industrial Schools across Ireland. Using extensive savings generated in the neglect of maintenance of the school, they conducted extensive refurbishments and reopened as a Christian Brothers training school, which operated for a further decade before closing.


Much of the existing structures in IADT’s Quadrangle date from this period. There are no plans or photographs from the previous period as an Industrial School. As a consequence, much of the virtual tour of I.S. Complex is speculative and seeks to evoke the experience of this institutional landscape rather than be a historically accurate account. I.S. Complex is the work of John Buckley. The emotional experience of the work is heightened with an interactive score by sound artist Sharon Phelan.


Industrial Memories: Data and Digiscapes: Digital Reflections on Ireland’s Institutional Past

Understanding a Cultural Memory of Abuse through Data Analytics and Digital Arts

PI: Dr Emilie Pine, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD
Co-PI: Professor Mark Keane, INSIGHT/School of Computer Science, UCD

Project Fellow: Dr Susan Leavy

Industrial Memories is a two-year project analysing the findings of the 2009 Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the Ryan Report), funded by the Irish Research Council under New Horizons 2015. The project has two main strands, data analytics and digital arts. The Ryan Report is publicly accessible:



Beyond 2022 – Reconstructing the past

Thar 2022 Amach: Maoinchiste Annála Shamalta na hÉireann
Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury

On 30 June 1922, at the outset of the Irish Civil War, a cataclysmic explosion and fire destroyed the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four Courts, Dublin. Flames and heat consumed seven centuries of Ireland’s recorded history, stored in a magnificent six-storey Victorian repository known as the Record Treasury.

On the centenary of the 1922 blaze, Beyond 2022 will unveil Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury​—a digital reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland building and its collections.

Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury​ will serve both as essential platform for academic research and a public resource with global reach and impact.

Index • Digital projects •

Noho are specialist producers of captivating digital experiences for museum, corporate, and broadcast clients. From evocative audio to rich, interactive video, web and 3D, their content informs, educates and inspires audiences, young and old alike.

See in particular :

On quantum reading

Quantum Reading (Digital Literacy)

In  ‘quantum physics’ a phenomenon is produced by the intersection of a set of possibilities and an act of perceptual intervention. At the level of granularity we are used to experiencing in daily business, matter appears to operate with a certain consistency according to Newton’s laws. But at the atomic and subatomic level, these consistencies dissolve into probabilities, not certainties, providing contingent, rather than absolute, identities. We should simply think of letters, words, typefaces, graphic forms in the same way. Think of the page as a force field, a set of tensions in relation, which assumes a form when intervened through the productive act of reading. Peculiar? Not really, just unfamiliar as a way to think about ‘things’ as experienced. A slight vertigo can be induced by considering a page as a force field, a set of elements in contingent relation, a set of possibilities, instructions for a potential event. But every reading reinvents a text, produces it, as an intervention, and that is a notion we have long felt comfortable invoking. I’m merely shifting our attention from the ‘productive’ character of signifying field.

(Johanna Drucker, in Graphical Readings and the Visual Aesthetics of Textuality)

‘Introduction to New Materialist Genealogies: New Materialisms, Novel Mentalities, Quantum Literacy’ Vera Bühlmann, Felicity Colman, Iris van der Tuin  (Minnesota Review, Issue 88, 2017, pp. 47-58, Duke University Press)

Katherine Hayles, How we Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis  excellent book on digital literacy and how we read – close text reading to hyper-text reading (online)


EFACIS DOCTORAL SEMINAR, Leuven, September 2018

Lecture- “Irish Studies in the 21st Century : Cartographies and Processes”



The Aftermath Project : intermediality on line

Reviewing the Aftermath Project (2013-2014) in the Light of  Affect theory (A. Goarzin)

The Aftermath Project (2013-14) aims at offering insights intocomparable experiences of displacement and trauma in times of conflict through an assemblage of online media as well as exhibits throughout Ireland. This contribution suggests that the project goes beyond asserting the sole prism of the Irish Troubles by considering other, more recent experiences of migration to Ireland. As a complex object that is more than what it looks like, I argue that it addresses the interaction between the auto-ethnographic subject, the camera’s eye and the critic’s, and the role of the network in the circulation and perception of other people’s affects and of one’s own. To do so, I propose to implement Lisa Blackman’s methodology in order to “construct a material-semiotic-affective apparatus that reorients the perception towards new ways of seeing hearing, listening, and feeling”.

Keywords:, Troubles, migration, intermediality, affect theory, experience, network

Full article, Etudes Irlandaises, 41.1, 2016


Funding Opportunities and Careers

Careers in Digital Humanities / Irish Literature :
MOLI – Museum of Literature Ireland

Why not join our team? We are currently recruiting for two exciting new roles at MoLI – full job descriptions are downloadable at the links below:

Development Manager

Digital Media Manager

Applications are by CV , with a cover letter, to

Applications for both roles close at 5pm, Friday 28th September, 2018

Continue reading Funding Opportunities and Careers

Research Topics & Resources

We have chosen to “tag” the resources that we find interesting : they may take the form of research websites or more random topics and they appear on the right side bar under key words.

Online resources:
Labex Arts:
The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.
See the projects here.

E-flux: e-flux is a publishing platform and archive, artist project, curatorial platform, and enterprise which was founded in 1998. Its news digest, events, exhibitions, schools, journal, books, and the art projects produced and/or disseminated by e-flux describe strains of critical discourse surrounding contemporary art, culture, and theory internationally. Its monthly publication e-flux journal has produced essays commissioned since 2008 about cultural, political, and structural paradigms that inform contemporary artistic productions.

RESEARCH TOPICS : we are seeking to develop innovative research on topics that allow for cross-overs between several fields and to value research that crosses more than one discipline in the humanities : Irish studies and the digital humanities ; Irish studies and popular culture ; soft power : online productions and global disseminations, etc.

Prospective  MA and PhD Students are welcome to contact us to discuss them or to contribute to this blog.

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Who We Are • Contact Us

We are a group of scholars in France and Ireland with an interest in cultural digital productions in Ireland. We are based at NUIG, at IADT Dun Laoghaire, and the universities of Rennes and Reims.

Prof. Anne Goarzin‘s research deals with contemporary Irish  literature and culture . She is particularly interested in new practices, and disciplinary encounters, such as those suggested by new materialism – a critical trend which is part and parcel of the “theories of the posthuman” that have emerged in the 21st century, calling into question binaries and essentialisms: the division of self and other, reality and representation, mind and body, nature and culture, human and animal, organic and technological. In literature, she is very interested in the notion of “diffracted reading ” proposed by Karen Barad, or by Rita Felski’s insights on the value of literature.  Her research focuses on the cultural impact of new media on  history and memory practices as well as on their politics.  She is also interested in new, transdisciplinary,  artistic practices –  as political statements, lived experiences, or as performances.

Contact : anne.goarzin[a]

Dr. Anne Karhio’s work focuses on contemporary Irish poetry, place, space and landscape, and digital media aesthetics. Her research encompasses literary and multimodal aesthetics in new media environments, the relationship between cultural, institutional and aesthetic dimensions in literary production of the digital age, and the impact of new technologies on established aesthetic forms and practices. She has carried out work in various disciplines in the arts and humanities, including Comparative Literature, English Literature, Irish Studies and Digital Culture. Her most recent Irish Research Council / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions –funded research project Virtual Landscapes: New Media Technologies and the Poetics of Place in Recent Irish Poetry has been carried out in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway and the discipline of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Contact : anne.karhioa[a]

Dr Maria Parsons ’research interests are in feminisms, the body, new materialism, the posthuman and popular and digital cultures. She is currently working on Catherine Malabou’s concept of plasticity in relation to postsecular time with an emphasis on ‘techno-artistic-epigenesis.’ She is particularly interested in the materiality of the post-inscriptive event as a political act of resistance. She also led a collaborative spatial visualisation project entitled ‘Memory, Space and New Technologies’ which included a virtual reality installation I.S. Complex (2015). She also collaborated on an audio-visual installation for the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin, entitled Pefectly N and not an I as part of the Blood Exhibition (2014). She has also published in the fields of gothic and horror studies and queer studies.

Contact: maria.parsons[a]

Prof. Sylvie Mikowski is interested in Ireland and popular culture. She has convened two conferences on the subject, the proceedings of which have been published, the first called ” Ireland and Popular Culture” at Peter Lang in the « Re-Imagining Ireland » series and the other called « The Circulation of popular culture between Ireland and the USA” is forthcoming at EPURE Editions in Reims. She is running a research seminar at the University of Reims on « Popular Cultures » with Yann Philippe.  She is interested in literary apps, in writers’ blogs/websites, and in Irish fan fiction. She is currently preparing a book on recent Irish fiction.

contact : sylvie.mikowski [a]


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