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This spring, we present a touring exhibition that interrogates our current and future relationship with this material.
Plastic has great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. It has changed our daily lives and our environment more than any other material. Its use has revolutionised industrial design, and more essentially, modern medicine relies on plastic so heavily that even the most basic medical procedures would be unimaginable without it.
The question is, can we utilise this wonderful, terrible material, while fundamentally changing our approach to living with plastic?
The exhibition features the work of over thirty national and international artists, designers and scientists, as well as a newly commissioned work facilitated by artists Patrick Mulvihill, Heather Griffin and Ciarán Bonner, with the local community in Drogheda in a co-creation process, the artwork – A Giant Leap – reflecting the cultural history, place and relationship between the people and their environment.
Ahead of the exhibition’s presentation in Drogheda, in early 2020, a Special Primary School Programme took place where two classes from Marymount N.S. & artist Claire Halpin visited the original exhibition in Dublin and following a series of workshop sessions created a range of 3D and written work in response. This will be presented online during the run of the exhibition.
A Giant Leap
A SPECULATIVE EXPLORATION OF NEAR FUTURE DROGHEDA
Life-saving, polluting, flexible, toxic and resilient. Plastic is a material riddled with contractions symbolic of our modern world. What will Drogheda look like in the future if we continue on a growth fuelled business-as-usual trajectory? What new industries, customs and cultures will emerge?
A Giant Leap is a window into this near future world.
VIDEO & IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION
Video Production – Heather Griffin & Patrick Mulvihill
Model Maker – Ciarán Bonner
3D Sculptor – Julian King
Set Constructor – Eamon Griffin
Model – Amy Griffin
Music Composition – Heather Griffin & Patrick Mulvihill
Sound Design – Heather Griffin & Patrick Mulvihill
Aoife – Amy Griffin
Eleanor – Heather Griffin
Husband – Jack O’Shea
Newscaster – Tommy Griffin
Preacher Daniels – Patrick Mulvihill
With special thanks to Science Gallery Dublin, Highlanes Gallery, Phil Smyth, Bill Mulvihill, Mary Mulvihill, Rose Griffin, Tara Mulvihill, John McCartan & all the Drogheda workshop participants.
PLASTIC Opening Event
Chaired by Philip Smyth, National Project Coordinator, PLASTIC
Friday 29th January at 12noon – Eventbrite Tickets
PLASTIC Guided Tours – Family
In early February, parents, take a break from home-schooling and join Erin one of the Science Gallery’s Mediator Team for a (free) educational and thought-provoking guided tour of PLASTIC.
Dates and Times:
Wednesday 10th February at 12noon – Eventbrite Tickets
PLASTIC Guided Tours & Zine Making – Second Level
PLASTIC A Giant Leap – Dynamic Workshop for Young People
Dates and Times:
A Giant Leap – Destiny Corp Promo