What makes this place?

Researching material culture in Dublin 8 with Dr Lisa Godson

A talk on Mon, May 30, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the iD8 Radicle LAB at the Digital Hub, 10/13 Thomas Street, D08 PX8H Dublin 8

For the past number of years, students on NCAD’s MA Design History and Material Culture have engaged in researching specific areas of Dublin, usually by focusing on a different postcode every year. Through close observation, research of formal and informal knowledge, oral histories, interviews and exploring different forms of representation students have produced work that develops understanding about the historic and contemporary forces that shape particular places and our experience of them.

This session will present key methods for researching place with a focus on Dublin 8. Those methods include a consideration of how knowledge is produced by different agents including communities, planning authorities and natural phenomena, how global and local forces intersect, understanding different registers of use and how the physical characteristics of place are produced and disrupted. It will include reference to specific case studies on Dublin 8 by MA researchers, encompassing work on gentrification, markets, legacies of making, Traveller accommodation and street furniture.

The event is free and you can book a place via eventbrite.

Dr Lisa Godson is Programme Leader of the MA Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design, a unique postgraduate course held in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland. Relevant recent/forthcoming publications include a pocket guide on researching place for the Irish Architecture Foundation and ‘Them, There, Then: Particularity, Place and Time’ for Ryan Kennihan: Architect ( Quart Verlag GmbH, 2022). Her books include Modern Religious Architecture in Germany, Ireland, and Beyond: Influence, Process and Afterlife since 1945; Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World; Making 1916: Visual and Material Culture of the Easter Rising; Design and Learning in an Age of Austerity; How the Crowd Felt: Space, Memory and Ritual in the Irish Free State. She was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCD School of Architecture and to the Historical Studies sub-committee of the Royal Irish Academy.

Radicle is a creative ecologies project focusing on environmental sustainability, curated by Artist-in-Resident at the Digital Hub Seoidín O’Sullivan. The Radicle LAB will bring local communities, artists and researchers together to connect, celebrate and create ecologically sustainable projects in the surrounding Dublin 8 area.

Radicle runs 31 May-10 June.