Silvia Loeffler

PhD

Lecturer

My research investigates the psychology of spaces and the cultural implications of attachment and displacement by mapping notions of home, self and other in the context of contemporary art and architecture. My PhD in Visual Culture (2011) advanced an interdisciplinary approach to mapping the city and our relationships with the public sphere. My postdoctoral work Glas Journal (2014-16) funded by the Irish Research Council and my interdisciplinary arts and public engagement project Transit Gateway (2017) funded by Dublin Port Company mapped the social and historical fabric of maritime landscapes in collaboration with various partners and the local communities. I am currently working on the blueprint for new research narratives about place and homesickness, which seeks to reveal how stories, performances, and emotional geographies are intertwined with historical themes of presence and absence, and the notions of ‘refuge’, ‘asylum’ and ‘exile’.

As an educator, researcher and artist, my socially engaged practice investigates larger spatial contexts of belonging and cultural systems of identity formation. My work is situated in the visual arts within wider cultural contexts and anthropological frameworks. I hold a PhD in Visual Culture (National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 2011) and an MA in Cultural Anthropology (Maynooth University, Ireland, 2005). My research subjects and teaching and supervision areas are: Visual Culture & Interdisciplinary Research Practice; Applied Culture and Heritage; Digital Heritage; Psychology of Space (Urban and Rural Landscape Interpretation); Material Culture & Memorial Practice (Spaces of Display & Public Space); Vision and Spectacle (Street Art & Graffiti).

My research investigates the psychology of spaces and the cultural implications of attachment and displacement by mapping notions of home, self and other in the context of contemporary art and architecture. My PhD in Visual Culture (2011) advanced an interdisciplinary approach to mapping the city and our relationships with the public sphere.

From 2014-16, I was Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow of Ireland for “Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dún Laoghaire Harbour” (2014-16), which was the first project that the Irish Research Council funded on a postdoctoral level in the context of artist-led research practice and community engagement with the local harbour community, the Maritime Museum of Ireland, academic colleagues and students. The project resulted in three peer-reviewed publications; various exhibitions and local workshops about attachment to place; and numerous conference presentations on a national and international level.

In 2017, I received industry funding from Dublin Port Company to develop “Transit Gateway: A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port”, an interdisciplinary arts and research project that showed the geographical, historical and social changes of the port of Dublin from its medieval shoreline in the city to its current layout. I set up a public seminar series with institutional partners and local communities, and in conjunction with Dublin Port and the LAB/Dublin City Arts Office, I designed a visual arts project to revive interest in local maritime heritage and to 'bring the port back to the city'. The work was based on themes of a wider participatory community engagement with culture and history over a period of nine months.

I am currently working on the blueprint for new research about attachment to place and homesickness, which seeks to reveal how stories, performances, and emotional geographies are intertwined with historical themes of presence and absence, and the notions of ‘refuge’, ‘asylum’ and ‘exile’.

Loeffler Silvia. “Place & Heritage – Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dún Laoghaire Harbour (2014-2016).” In Landscape Values. Place and Praxis. Galway, 29 June – 2 July 2016, eds. Tim Collins, Gesche Kindermann, Conor Newman & Nessa Cronin, NUI Galway: Centre for Landscape Studies, 2016, pp. 170-173.

Loeffler, Silvia. ”Glas Journal: Deep Mappings of a Harbour or the Charting of Fragments, Traces and Possibilities.” In “Deep Mapping”, ed. Les Roberts, special issue, Humanities. Basel: MDPI, 2016. [hardcover edition]

Free e-book download: http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/201

Loeffler, Silvia, and Tina Kinsella. “Liquidities: Transactive Border Spaces and Threshold Structures (between the harbour and the sea).” In “On Sea / At Sea”, eds. Sam Trubridge and Richard Gough, special issue, Performance Research Journal 21, no. 2 (2016): Taylor & Francis Online.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13528165.2016.1162530

 

Loeffler, Silvia. ”Glas Journal: Deep Mappings of a Harbour or the Charting of Fragments, Traces and Possibilities.” In “Deep Mapping”, ed. Les Roberts, special issue, Humanities 4, (2015): 457–475.

http://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/4/3/457/html

Loeffler, Silvia. “Deep Mappings of Dublin: Spot the Blind Spot.” In Visualizing Dublin: Visual Culture, Modernity and the Representation of Urban Space, ed. Justin Carville, Bern: Peter Lang, 2014, pp. 287 – 307.

Loeffler, Silvia. “City as Skin: Urban Imaginaries of Flesh and Fantasy.” In “The Architecture of Transgression”, eds. Rachel Sara and Jonathan Mosley, special issue, Architectural Design (AD) 83, no. 6, (2013): 114-119.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ad.1684/pdf

Loeffler, Silvia. “Artist Statement” & “City, Air, Water, Diviner.” In “Gender and the City”, eds. Maureen Flanagan and Maryann Valiulis, special issue, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 32, no. 1 (2011): 1-4.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/fronjwomestud.32.1.issue-1

•           Dublin Port Company (2018) – Transit Gateway: Connecting the City and Dublin Port

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKLeWHgQIcU&feature=youtu.be

            (last accessed: 13 September 2018)

 

•             RTE Radio1 Inside Culture (2017) – Mapping and Cities

https://www.rte.ie/radio1/inside-culture/programmes/2017/1120/921599-inside-culture-monday-20-november-2017/

            (last accessed: 13 September 2018)

 

•           Nationwide (2017) – Dublin Port: Investment in the Arts – Broadcast: 06/10/2017

            https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/nationwide-21/10785246/

            (last accessed: 13 September 2018)

Transit Gateway’, Solo Exhibition. LAB Gallery, Dublin City Arts Office (Feb. to March 2018).

 

•           ‘Transit Gateway’, Solo Exhibition. Terminal 1, Dublin Port (March to Oct. 2017).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal’, Group Exhibition Artist Book Fair. Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (Nov. 2016).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal’, Group Exhibition Mapping Spectral Traces. Illuminations Gallery, Maynooth, Kildare (Oct. 2016).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal 2016’, Solo Exhibition. Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin (Sept. 2016).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal 2015’, Group Exhibition Worlding Place. Cregan Library, St. Patrick’s College (DCU), Drumcondra, Dublin (May 2016).

 

•           ‘The Swim’, Annual Group Exhibition. Maynooth University Library, Kildare (Feb. 2016).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal 2015’ and ‘Journal II: The Geographical Turn: Environment’, Silvia Loeffler – event-specific handmade artist book, with essays by Dr. Cian O’Callaghan and Dr. Ronan Foley. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin (Nov. 2015).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal 2015’, Group Exhibition Artist Book Fair. Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (Nov. 2015).

 

•           ‘Glas Journal 2015’, Solo Exhibition. Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin (Sept. 2015).

 

•           ‘Liquidities’, Group Exhibition Art / Geography. Conference of Irish Geographers, Queens University Belfast (May 2015).

 

•           ‘Arrivals and Departures’. Pop Up Group Exhibition. Ferry Terminal Building, Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin (Nov. 2013).

 

•           ‘White Journal’. Group Exhibition LIPS. Limerick International Publishers Salon, Ormston House, Limerick (Feb. 2013).