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Entanglement - Irish Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020

Annex will curate and design Ireland’s Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Biennale at Venice in 2020. The pavilion titled Entanglement will catalyse a public conversation about the relationship between architecture and data infrastructure by asking: what is architecture? and who makes it in an age of data infrastructure? By reviewing Ireland's historical and emergent role as networking hub within global data infrastructure, the pavilion will investigate the societal, environmental and cultural changes brought about by network & communications technologies for local, national and international contexts. The pavilion is inspired by a remarkable event that took place in 1866, on Valentia Island in Co. Kerry. After five previous attempts, the first transatlantic telecommunications cable between Ireland and Canada was completed — an event that would become a catalyst for today's global communication networks. One hundred and fifty years later Ireland, Europe’s largest data hosting cluster, continues to play a significant role in global data infrastructure. In light of these events, the pavilion will foreground Ireland’s role in the global discourse on data infrastructure and its relation to contemporary architectural practice. Annex is an international research and design collective of architects, artists and urbanists and includes Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster, and Fiona McDermott