Counter Infrastructures

A 2-day symposium on Art and Activism at NCAD 4-5 Dec 2023

Symposium on building and maintaining alternative infrastructures that support activist art action. 
4&5th December 2023. NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas St. Dublin 8

In a context of seemingly perpetual economic, social, environmental and political upheaval framed as the “permacrisis”, Counter-Infrastructures: Art and Activism is a symposium that aims to explore methods for supporting long term, meaningful and resilient activist art practices. 

The symposium asks how artistic strategies can help us to develop and support social formations that are durable beyond the timescales of the immediate moment, project timeline or crisis, towards “counter-infrastructures” that underpin new ways of living and being together within and against the dominance of extractive and destructive capitalist intersectionally discriminatory systems. Through a combination of theoretical discussions and practical workshops, Counter-Infrastructures will model the creation of durable and meaningful infrastructures that support both communities and artists in tackling issues of urgent social concern. 

Counter-Infrastructures will bring leading contemporary national and international practitioners and theorists of activist art together to develop an understanding of the necessary structures required to support art and activism before, during and after action. The symposium will look at three examples of infrastructures that frame art practice – the curriculum, the institution and the archive – and examine ways of re-imaging these as counter-infrastructures to support activist art practice.

Featuring contributions from - 



10:00 Nuraini Juliastuti & MA Art & Social Action: Counter-Curriculum Workshop (Closed Session)

18:00 Roundtable discussion with Viviana Checchia, Nuraini Juliastuti and Eve-Olney (The Radical Institute) on Counter-Infrastructures.

Including discussion session led by students from the Masters In Art and Social Action.



10:00 The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination: Counter-Institution Workshop - Booking Required -

14:00 Action Archive: Counter-Archive Workshop - Booking Required -

18:30 Counter-Institution: Output and Closing (open to all - no booking required)

19:00 Ed-Webb Ingall:  Counter-Archive Talk and Screening (open to all - no booking required)



Online with MARCH, a journal of art and strategy


Any queries, please contact Tom O Dea

Counter-Infrastructures: Art & Activism is supported by funding from the National University of Ireland.