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The Digital Hub’s new artist in residence, Elaine Hoey. Photo: Shane O'Neill, Coalesce.

The Digital Hub’s new artist in residence, Elaine Hoey. Photo: Shane O'Neill, Coalesce.

The Digital Hub’s new artist in residence, Elaine Hoey. Photo: Shane O'Neill, Coalesce.

DUBLIN'S Digital Hub has welcomed its latest artist in residence to embark upon a six-month programme in Ireland’s largest digital enterprise cluster. Award-winning artist Elaine Hoey will be creating immersive, interactive based installations at The Digital Hub.

Ms Hoey specialises in creating experiences which explore our evolving relationship with the screen and digital practices and the politics of digital humanity. As part of her residency, she will curate a series of events early next year that explore the discourse surrounding the ethics and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) in art and business.

A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Ms Hoey’s work has been exhibited nationally in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hibernian Academy, National Sculpture Factory and the Science Gallery. She has also shown in Paris, Milan, Bucharest and Seoul.

Ms Hoey has also won numerous awards, including the RC Lewis-Crosby Award at the 2017 RD Visual Arts Awards, the RDS Culturel Irlandais Residency Award in Paris, 2017 and the Taylor Art Award at the 2016 RDS Visual Arts Awards.

She recently had a series of specially commissioned live virtual reality performances in IMMA which explored national identity politics and the nature of physical and non-physical borders. The performance was acted out by live actors in a remote setting and viewed by visitors through VR headsets.

“Elaine’s work and practice has placed her at the heart of the discourse between arts technology and surveillance. We are looking forward to working with Elaine as our next artist in residence. Her work with digital technologies is a natural fit for The Digital Hub and it will be important for us to learn from artists like Elaine about the world of surveillance and AI,” said Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub.

“I am really pleased to be joining The Digital Hub as their artist in residence,” said Ms Hoey. “Given their existing experience with the digital space I look forward to the inspiration which can be gained during my time here. Exploring our relationship with the digital world grows increasingly important as technology continues to be a mainstay of everyday life, so I’m grateful to The Digital Hub to have a platform to continue my work.”

Elaine will be The Digital Hub’s third artist in residence in as many years, following successful partnerships with photographic and video artist Kate Nolan in 2019 and artist and photographer, Mandy O’Neill in 2018. The artist in residence programme is a key part of The Digital Hub’s mission of creating a diverse and creative technology quarter in Dublin 8.

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