A Giant Leap offered a window into a near-future Drogheda. A scenario where people can see, listen to and interact with artefacts from a snapshot in time that hasn’t happened yet. A future conceptualised and designed through a place-based co-creation process, historical research and stories of people’s lived experience and tacit knowledge of past and present day Drogheda.
It’s 2069, and we have continued on a growth-fuelled business-as-usual trajectory. Drogheda has accelerated from being a post-pandemic wasteland to an independent city state and host to Europe’s largest space port. A provincial breakthrough in recycling technology has attracted a booming space economy driven by an ever-increasing reliance on the plastic industry. An influx of visitors and a rapidly growing population has created a melting pot of new cultures, belief systems and politics in this nascent city state.
In 2069, the city of Drogheda has prospered as the home of Ireland’s first spaceport and the world renowned guild of polymer technologies. Destiny Corporations ‘BeInfinite’ life extension programme is at its infancy.
Eleanor – Pioneer 001, the first transcendence candidate – has just completed phase one of her life extension journey.
This immersive installation invites you to step into Eleanor’s world and experience her story through uploaded memory fragments.
What has compelled Eleanor to take this giant leap of techno-faith and transcend the limitations of humanity?
“We worked with Heather Griffin & Patrick Mulvihill for one of our most impactful projects of recent years: CO-CREATING CHANGE, an initiative that paired our exhibition PLASTIC’s national tour with local co-creation workshops led by artists. In Drogheda, Heather and Patrick led a two-day workshop with local members of the community, exploring a brief history of the origins of plastic, the dawn of consumption and our global obsession with this cheap material. These talks inspired a journey of co-creation as Patrick and Heather co-designed a brand-new exhibit, called A Giant Leap, with workshop participants. This imagined future world became part of PLASTIC’s exhibition in Highlanes Gallery, inspiring a new audience to interrogate their own everyday relationship with sustainability and the pitfalls of throwaway culture. This impactful exhibit aside, Patrick and Heather also worked with us to document the process online, creating blogs and videos to enhance the experience for our audience – and in so doing, reaching even more with their messaging and sparking imaginations across our global audience. We at Science Gallery Dublin are extremely grateful to Heather and Patrick, and thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with them on such an important project. “
– Niamh O’Doherty, Head of Marketing & Communications, Science Gallery Dublin