Tuesday 27 June 2017

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Juan M Castro from Columbia pictured with his 'Fats Between 2 Worlds' installation, which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Juan M Castro from Columbia pictured with his 'Fats Between 2 Worlds' installation, which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Juan M Castro from Columbia pictured with his 'Fats Between 2 Worlds' installation, which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Juan M Castro from Columbia pictured with his 'Fats Between 2 Worlds' installation, which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Veronica Dyas from the Liberties pictured with her "Extract of the HERE & NOW ' installation, which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Ruth Chadwick from Dublin pictured with the ' Home.Heart.Hope ' installation which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Author and Co-curator of the HOME/SICK exhibition Anne Enright pictured with her 'Taste of Blue' project which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Lucy Whitaker from Terenure takes a swab of her belly button as Kevin Stewart from Louth looks on, at the 'Host" Installation which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Emma Hannon from Harolds Cross pictured with Fergal Mc Carthy's Light House which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College.Fergal Mc Carthy's lighthouse is a scaled down replica of the Northbank lighthouse, which is at the mouth of Dublin's River Liffey Pic Frank Mc Grath
Emma Hannon from Harolds Cross pictured with Fergal Mc Carthy's Light House which is part of the HOME/SICK exhibition , which explores the meaning of 'Home' at the New Science Gallery at Trinity College.Fergal Mc Carthy's lighthouse is a scaled down replica of the Northbank lighthouse, which is at the mouth of Dublin's River Liffey Pic Frank Mc Grath
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Ireland's addiction to property ownership is giving many people a skewed idea of what the word 'home' should really mean.

And now an exhibition in Trinity College's Science Gallery wants to challenge some of our most strongly felt opinions in this area.

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These are some of the unusual questions posed at the exhibition under the theme: 'Home/Sick: Post-Domestic Bliss'.

The organisers want to explore the meaning of home from 'rubbish to robots, and microbes to micro-dwellings'.

"Our unhealthy and socially divisive addiction to home ownership, and our traditional idealisation of hearth and clan, are out of date for a mobile, networked and fragmented society," said Ian Brunswick, interim director at the Science Gallery.

He added: "In spite of the traditional comforting image of home, they can often be perilous places — accommodating toxins, isolation, bankruptcy, and physical accidents.

"We’re twice as likely to end up in A&E from an accident in the home than a road accident.

"Institutional homes have an even more questionable record than family homes in Ireland’s recent past. Does the future offer us improved prospects, or more of the same?.”

Our 'emotional attachment to home' as well as the role played by architects, designers, artists, scientists and technologists in reimagining domestic space is also examined.

Best selling author Anne Enright said the exhibition is a combination of "rigour and fun".

Curator of the exhibition is Anna Davies, Professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin.

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