Grangegorman Development Agency

When: June 10, 2016
Where: Dublin, Ireland
Institution: Grangegorman Development Agency
Facilitator: Doris Sommer


Ireland’s community and higher educational sector transformed itself through the relocation of the Dublin Institute of Technology from 39 locations into a new inner city urban quarter that was the former St. Brendan’s Hospital in the heart of the capital city. What makes this a fascinating challenge is the close proximity of primary and psychiatric care alongside pioneering institutes in technological higher education. For those living, working, visiting or studying in this emerging and historic urban quarter, challenges and questions abound and are continually shifting – who are we now, what remains important, how do we want to learn and remember, how can we truly engage the complexities of life and living?


Doris Sommer was invited to share the Pre-Texts methodology amongst an invited audience drawn from the educational, health, arts, sciences and humanities sectors. On Friday, June 10th, Prof. Doris Sommer came to Grangegorman to present the concept of Pre-Texts to a captive audience of educators, artists and decision-makers from around the country. During the session Sommer introduced her participants to a text which they then creatively examined and explored through a series of activities, from drawing pictures to putting together a musical score to playing charades. 


The workshop by Sommer was followed by a presentation from the Aesthetic Group. Hearing of Prof. Sommer’s visit, the recently formed Aesthetics Group, affiliated with the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, requested the opportunity to devise a creative response to her book, The Work of Art in the World. The live sessions took place with a focus on Schiller’s writings and were linked to a live online discussion with colleagues in Barcelona. In addition, a final presentation was made by artist Jennie Guy’s initiative entitled The Master Plan, one of the first art projects to be commissioned as part of ‘…the lives we live’.


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