City Routes - A Deep Mapping of Dublin’s Central Library
An exhibition by the artist Silvia Loeffler, inspired by the creative possibilities of the Central Library, the busiest public library in Dublin city.
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Over the last two years, the artist Silvia Loeffler, whose practice concerns itself with mapping interactions, was inspired by the creative possibilities of the Central Library, the busiest public library in Dublin city.
Silvia is an artist, researcher and educator who works across disciplines to map the psychology of a space and its people. She works with community members to create layered, site-specific installations that honour the participants’ sense of their place and their emotional responses to their environment. The installations are held together by map fragments, personal narratives and images of past and present to discuss the cultural and socio-economic changes of an area and its effects on the community.
Silvia revives, transforms and re-creates maps within current infrastructure by involving communities to find some answers to the questions: What is the city? Who are its people? What are our shared narratives of public space? What makes this place ‘home’?
Conversations developed between the library staff and the artist as they unpicked the resource that is the Central library, a free uninhibited space of learning and culture used by the citizens of the city and visitors, for over 35 years.
Excited by the proposal, the artist has reflected on the confluence of the library, shifts in technology and diversity of users, all set against the lively backdrop of Moore Street, Parnell Street and Henry Street.
The artists previous projects include her postdoctoral work ‘Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dún Laoghaire Harbour’, funded by the Irish Research Council (2014-16), and ‘Transit Gateway: A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port’ (2017-18), funded by Dublin Port Company. For further see www.silvialoeffler.com
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Curated by the artist in partnership with Dublin City Libraries, the project is funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, and managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.