Uprise, Design & Violence | Socialising Science Events

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Uprise Festival- October 20th at The RDS.

UpRise Festival poster
Credit Uprise Festival 2016

Calling all budding entrepreneurs and technology wizards! Thursday Oct 20th will bring a new startup festival to Dublin called Uprise. Originally from Amsterdam, this festival promises no public wifi for the 2000 attendees, no big guest speakers and no apps to lose yourself in. Instead, they want to simply deliver on showcasing 150 inventive, innovative young companies, practical workshops and panels from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Freelance and Seedrs, to mention just a few.

The festival adds Irish buskers and food trucks to this relaxed environment of CEOs and Talent to make new young business more approachable, investable and connected. There’s a startup pitch battle which pits 6 international startups against 6 Irish-based startups in a frenzy of audience questions and reactions as they make the decision of what company they want to win (no judging panel here). Bank of Ireland and Dublin City Council help drive the festival to demonstrate all the opportunity of technology to greater Ireland and Europe.

Tickets are €120.00 and you can check out further details about its schedule on the Uprise website.

Design & Violence at Science Gallery Dublin.

Science Gallery Dublin’s new exhibition DESIGN AND VIOLENCE opened last Thursday & I went along to check it out.

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DESIGN AND VIOLENCE is the new free exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin co-produced by The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). It was developed by Ralph Borland, Lynn Scarff and Ian Brunswick and based on an online curatorial experiment originally hosted by MoMA and led by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Jamer Hunt, Associate Professor, Trans-disciplinary Design, School of Design Strategies at The New School. It explores how art and technology is used to oppress as well as to resist, and considers the role of design in relation to our rights and bodies — both in Ireland and abroad.

The exhibition is probably one of my favourites and is not for faint-hearted. Exploring imprisonment, euthanasia and weapons, the work is of a very high quality and is well thought out and deeply provocative. A particular highlight for me was a virtual reality installation ‘The Weight of Water’ by artist and NCAD graduate Elaine Hoey. Wearing the VR goggles, you experience an abstract landscape while navigating the difficult boat journey made by refugees as Europe begins to close its borders to those seeking asylum. But there is lots lots more to explore. It’s a vital exhibition that is vulnerable, powerful and relevant. Not to be missed. The full list of exhibits in DESIGN AND VIOLENCE and associated events can be found on the Science Gallery Dublin website.

Exhibit runs until Jan 22nd 2017.

Keep your eye on HeadStuff Science for my next post reviewing Science Week events.


We do our best to cover as many national science/curious events as we can in this column, so if you have an event coming up, email [email protected] with ‘Socialising Science’ in the Subject line and we’ll include it in the next column.

Main Image: Design and Violence (Credit Science Gallery 2016)