Lift Off”, this year’s DIT Graduate Art and Design Exhibition, looks to the future as the graduates embark on their careers as artists and designers, and DIT embarks on the next phase of development of the new campus at Grangegorman. The identity and design of the this year’s Exhibition and Catalogue was created by Visual Communications students Alan Harbron, Grainne Barry Wallace and Sarah McCoy. Lift Off is the first major arts event to take place on the new DIT central Dublin campus which is now home to the School of Creative Arts and which will accommodate 10,000 DIT students by 2017. Visitors to the exhibition will also have an opportunity to see the campus development.
Among the work on view, Furniture Designer, Gildas O’Laoire bends and sculpts wood to near impossible forms while Ben Walsh uses cast concrete to create his pieces. Product Designer Mark Ennis has designed multifunctional school furniture that promotes active learning and facilitates modern teaching methods, while Eilis Delaney has developed a device to help Fire Fighters identify obstacles at a fire scene through ultra-sonic sensors, alerting them through tactile feedback.
Fine Artist Maria Quigley’s installation work uses extracts from James Joyce’s novel Finnegan’s Wake to explore the pressing cultural and political issues around water, while Justine McDonnell’s work is mindful of the space and history of Grangegorman and grants a voice to those within institutions. Leonard Traynor deals with our increasing engagement and reliance on digital technology and seeks to find embodied forms for and from the internet.
Amongst the Interior Design students, Jonathan Doyle has designed a unique multi-level space to house an International Language Centre. The interior is based on the concept of maps investigating the relationship between positive and negative space as both features and details. Another Interior Design student Richard May researched the interaction between gym equipment and the human body to develop angles and forms suitable for defining spaces within a Fitness Hotel. The resolution of the building’s interior redefines hotels as we know them, bringing health and fitness in to all areas in new and exciting ways.
Lift Off opens on Friday June 5th at 6pm and runs until Saturday June 13th at 5pm, opening daily from 12-7pm (closed Sundays).