Silicon Synapse

A Virtual Reality and psycho-acoustic installation in the historic Carnegie Library, Swords, Dublin

Coming soon


‘Silicon Synapse’ is an immersive virtual reality and psycho-acoustic experience that simulates a journey into the personified, conscious mind of ‘Technology’. This sensory artwork is experienced alone, one person at a time, hearing the inner dialogue of ‘Technology’s’ mind as it replays both sides of a lovers’ quarrel. ‘Technology’ and its life partner ‘Nature’ argue about the sustainability of their relationship and their future as a couple. This transhuman, dream-like conscious realm engulfs the viewer as they travel through intense listening and visual experiences.

‘Silicon Synapse’ is installed within the repurposed historic setting of the Carnegie Library, Swords. This library was once a place of knowledge and learning, shaping the minds and synapses of thousands. The audience will now enter through the remnant doors of the library and into the imagined mind of the silicon technology that has largely replaced it.

Created by AlanJames Burns, ‘Silicon Synapse’ is a collaboration with writer Sue Rainsford, artist Jason Dunne and composer Michael Riordan. The artwork is jointly commissioned by Fingal County Council Arts Office and the European Commission’s SciArt programme and is funded by Arts Council of Ireland Open Call Award. ‘Silicon Synapse’ coincides with Fingal County Council’s Arts Office Public Art Programme focusing on the development of the Swords Cultural Quarter project. The experience will launch simultaneously at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Milan, Italy as part of the festival Resonances: Big Data in October 2019.

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