Culture Night

The RIAI participates in Dublin Culture Night 2021 on Friday, 17 September.

Join in the RIAI and ANNEX, curators of the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, for a live conversation and film. The multi-disciplinary Annex team will discuss the concept behind their installation ‘Entanglement’ and show footage from the Irish Pavilion in Venice.


The Irish Pavilion brings the physicality of data infrastructure to the forefront with Entanglement, an exhibit addressing the environmental, cultural and human impact of data. The Pavilion aims to reframe the way we understand data production while exploring its impact on everyday life.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by the RIAI.

ANNEX are a collective of architects, artists and urbanists: Sven Anderson / Alan Butler / David Capener / Donal Lally / Clare Lyster / Fiona McDermott. Their pavilion ‘Entanglement’ responds to the theme selected by the curator of the Biennale Architettura 2021 Hashim Sarkis: How will we live together? Ireland has played a significant historical role in the evolution of global communications and data infrastructure.

In 1866 the world’s first commercially successful transatlantic telegraph cable landed on Valentia Island on Ireland’s west coast. In 1901 the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi, transmitted some of the world’s first wireless radio messages from Ireland across the Atlantic to Newfoundland. Today Dublin has overtaken London as the data centre hub of Europe, hosting 25% of all available European server space. By the year 2027 Ireland’s data centres are forecast to consume a third of the country’s total electricity demand.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the materiality of the global internet and the cloud, which have infiltrated the Irish landscape through a vast constellation of data centres, fibre optic cable networks and energy grids.

Entanglement and the Venice Architecture Biennale are open to the public until 21 November 2021.

About Culture Night 

The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place on Friday 17 September 2021.

Culture Night it is a national moment, celebrating all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland today, connecting people to cultural activities locally and nationally and aims to open up pathways to ongoing engagement.

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