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A Giant Leap: A Speculative Exploration of Near Future Drogheda

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 - Tuesday, 23rd February 2021

Tuesday, 23 February 2021
12:00 – 15:00 GMT

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The Weavers', The Carpenters', The Shoemakers' and The Brick & Stone Layers’ were just a few of the prominent guilds that oversaw, and controlled, the practice of their craft in Drogheda’s industrial past. They held much power over the local economy through voting rights which elected members to 'the Assembly' composed of the mayor, sheriffs, aldermen and common councilmen.

A Giant Leap is an exploration of Drogheda, past and present, to co-create a future scenario based around the materiality of plastic in partnership with Science Gallery Dublin and Highlanes Gallery. 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 fueled business-as-usual trajectory? What new industries, customs and cultures will emerge?

Will guilds remerge as the power brokers in this near future techno space age? Join us for a virtual workshop to explore and contribute to the ever evolving story of A Giant Leap. Participants will step into Drogheda in the year 2069 to co-create the newly formed future guilds. Guilds such as the guild of Polymer Technology, the Spacefaring guild, or the More Than Human guild. What are their roles in the digital and local economy? What are the strange rituals that they adopt to maintain their influence? And who gets to be part of these guilds?

A Giant Leap

Heather Griffin, Patrick Mulvihill & Ciarán Bonner

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 fueled business-as-usual trajectory? What new industries, customs and cultures will emerge?

A Giant Leap is a window into this near future world. It’s 2069, and the city of Drogheda has prospered as the home of Ireland’s first spaceport and the world renowned guild of polymer technologies. Destiny Corporations ‘BeInfinite’ life extension programme is at its infancy. Eleanor, the first transcendence candidate, has just completed phase one of her journey. This immersive installation invites you to step into Eleanor’s world.

This future scenario is conceptualised and designed through a place based co-creation process, historical research, psychogeography and stories of peoples lived experience and tacit knowledge of past and present day Drogheda.

With special thanks to our collaborator Julian King - 3D sculpture

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