Silicon Synapse


‘Silicon Synapse’ is an immersive Virtual Reality and psycho-acoustic experience that will take you on a simulated journey into the personified mind of ‘Technology’. Listening to 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. ‘Silicon Synapse’ explores evolution, genetic engineering and transhumanism. Each viewer is engulfed by a conscious dream-like realm, as they travel through intense listening and visual experiences. 



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You can experience ‘Silicon Synapse’ within the repurposed historic setting of the Carnegie Library, in Swords, Co. Dublin. This library was once a place of knowledge and learning, shaping the minds and synapses of thousands. Now you have the chance to enter through the remnant doors of this library, and into the imagined mind of the silicon technology, which has largely replaced it.

Dates and times:
13th November to 15 December 2019,
Running Wednesday through Sunday, 5pm-9pm weekdays and 11am-7pm Weekends

Booking your ticket:
Please note that this event is specifically designed to be experienced alone, one person at a time. Events run Wednesday – Sunday. Booking a time slot is essential. The duration is approximately 20 minutes. Tickets are €6 each or free for unwaged, booking is essential.

‘Silicon Synapse’ is created by the artist 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 2019. ‘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 is exhibited concurrently as part of the Datami Festival at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Milan, Italy and will move to Bozar, Brussels, December 2019.

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