Study Morning: DATA PULLS with Kennedy Browne

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Friday 24 January, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

DATA PULLS: Study morning at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Friday January 24th, 2020.

As the closing public event of The Redaction Trilogy exhibition at the Hugh Lane Gallery artists Kennedy Browne and the Hugh Lane Education Team invite you to DATA PULLS.

This event stages a series of presentations that focus on data as an instrument of corporate or state power, and shares a series of tactics whereby individuals can access and retrieve their data, to use for their own purposes. These presentations are made by a lawyer, an adoption rights activist, and a number of artists, who recognise data as a protagonist in their lives.

This is also the penultimate event for Digital Self Defence, a series of public workshops, performances, screenings, responding to the use and abuse of data by corporate or state actors.


10.00 – 10.05: Welcome

10.05 – 10.20: Kennedy Browne (Artist duo)

10.20 – 10.45: Elizabeth Farries (Legal scholar and privacy expert, Irish Council of Civil Liberties)

10.45 – 10.55: Q&A

10.55 – 11.15: Break

11.15 – 11.40: Michelle Doyle (Artist and musician)

11.40 - 12.05: Noelle Brown (Actor, playwright, adoption rights activist)

12.05 – 12.30: Mark Boyle (Author)

12.30 – 13.00: Questions and open discussion



Kennedy Browne is the collaborative practice of Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne, established in 2005. They work mainly with moving image, working with collaborative processes of scripting, editing, and re-staging in locations they identify as significant within the plot of global capitalism—such as the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, at the Whiddy Island Strategic Oil Reserve in Bantry Bay, and in Silicon Valley, California. Their solo exhibitions include The Special Relationship, Krannert Art Museum, Illinois (2019); The Myth of the Many in the One, Wilfried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam (2014); How Capital Moves, Limerick City Gallery of Art (2011) and 167 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2010). Kennedy Browne co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with their respective solo practices.

Mark Boyle a.k.a. The Moneyless Man is an activist and writer best known for founding the online Freeconomy Community, and for living without money since November 2008. Boyle studied Business at GMIT and writes regularly for The Guardian. His first book, The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living, was published in 2010, and last year was followed by The Way Home: Tales from a life without technology. Boyle lives near Loughrea in the west of Ireland.

Noelle Brown has spent the last 32 years working as a performer, writer, theatre-maker and director. Her play, POSTSCRIPT, co-written with Michèle Forbes, premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. It played at the Centre Cultural Irlandais Paris and at the Abbey Theatre (Peacock) in June 2017. With support from Dublin City Council, she is currently developing a one woman, theatre conversation about Menopause, called The Ship. She is a campaigner for Adoption Rights in Ireland, and is asking for the Irish State to exhume the mass graves at the former Mother and Baby Institutions throughout Ireland.

Michelle Doyle attended the National College of Art and Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art Media in 2013 and completed her Masters in Art and Research Collaboration in IADT, Dublin in 2016. She was recently awarded the A4 Sounds Artist in Residence Award (2018), the Sirius Residency Award (2019) and the Firestation Digital Media Award (2019). Recent exhibitions include Athrá Titim Gach Rud, Repeater, Galway (2018); Yoga For The Eyes I at Open Ear (2018) and Yoga For The Eyes II, Dublin (2018). Michelle’s solo exhibition, entitled Obedient City (2018) was shown in A4 Sounds and relaunched for Culture Night. Doyle performs solo as Rising Damp, with noise band, The Healers and punk band, Sissy.

Elizabeth Farries is the Information Rights Project Manager for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties together with the International Network of Civil Law Organizations. She is called to the bar in British Columbia, and has a practice background in litigation, intellectual property, and human rights. She additionally has policy experience with the Canadian provincial government; provided legal services to indigenous and impoverished clients in criminal, family law, and human rights matters; and has published work with and sat on the executive board of several NGOs. Elizabeth has a BSc and JD from the University of Victoria, a SSHRC funded Masters from the School of Information at the University of Toronto, and is a Frances E. Moran PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Law. Her research interests focus on how women’s privacy rights are encroached online. On this and other topics, she has numerous trade, academic, and community publications.

Free, though booking through eventbrite is required here

This event is part of the Kennedy Browne 'Digital Self Defence' Series of talks, workshops and events.