Future Landscapes – A Mixed Reality Showcase


Exciting Cutting-Edge Digital Exhibition for Galway City

One of the first of its kind in Galway, Galway 2020 is excited to be co-hosting an intriguing mixed reality exhibition at The Cornstore in Galway City this Friday evening.

The exhibition, which will feature exciting technology, is based on work produced by a mix of the arts research community at NUI Galway, theatre practitioners and visual and digital artists at the Future Landscapes workshop.

Future Landscapes: Enhancing Seen & Unseen Landscapes with Mixed Reality was an intensive four-week programme run at NUI Galway in a collaboration between the Moore Institute at NUI Galway and Galway 2020. The program, which has been running throughout May and ends with Friday’s exhibition, has been facilitated by internationally renowned Berlin-based School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe.

The exhibition, which is open to the public, will feature an exciting mix of creations from the group. Those who visit can discover various cutting-edge work-in-progress projects and have the opportunity to discuss the work with project creators.

“Galway has the talent, and, coupled with more of this type of knowledge-sharing, we can work towards making Galway a world-class creative digital centre.”

Led by Rachel Uwa, founder of the School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe, and facilitated by world-leading experts in digital technologies, the workshop has focused on technical learning, but as Rachel points out, her aim through education is always to get participants to ask themselves the important questions…

“I think it’s safe to say we’ve spent the past few weeks in Galway, questioning the world around us, ourselves and each other. You don’t get to this kind of meaningful work by focusing on the technology and tools alone – the focus should always be on people. Who are we and what do we care about? These are the important questions to be asking.

“In this program, we’ve gotten hands-on with the latest tools, while questioning reality and the seen and unseen landscapes that surround us, of which there are many.

“Everyone has been working hard and pushing their limits – they should all be proud of our work here together. That said, I’m excited to see what wonderful stories this lovely group of humans have to tell…let’s all find out on Friday!”

David Kelly, Digital Humanities Manager at NUI Galway’s Moore Institute says the programme has been an exceptional chance to share this knowledge throughout Galway and beyond. “Bringing this level of expertise in creative digital technology to Galway has been very exciting. It offers us, not only the opportunity to learn from world-class digital artists, but also to now be in a position to share this knowledge with others. Galway has the talent, and, coupled with more of this type of knowledge-sharing, we can work towards making Galway a world-class creative digital centre.”

Denise McDonagh, Galway 2020’s Digital Programme Manager says that as a European Capital of Culture, it is key that Galway takes part in the conversation on the digital transformation in creative and learning methods. “Capacity building, especially through projects like Future Landscapes, can unlock the potential for new work and processes for groups of artists and researchers, which can allow them to critically engage with new digital technologies and their impact on culture”.

Pop into the exhibition on Friday to discover some of the exciting work created at Future Landscapes and discuss the work with the creators.

Future Landscapes – a partnership between Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture’s Digital Programme and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway – is part-funded through a national Higher Education Authority (HEA) project on Digital Literacy in Irish Humanities.


The Cornstore, Middle Street, Galway City
Friday, 31 May 5pm to 9pm


Artwork credit: Rachel Uwa

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