In this project we are interested in exploring the layers of existing or old maps we use to navigate and make sense of the university, but Trinity is of course a site which is being continually reimagined and remapped. We want to present here an example of how these old and new maps relate to each other, by juxtaposing a wonderful project by the library which presents archival records of some of these older maps, with some of the marvellous, ongoing creative engagements with college that dramatically alter the way we conceive of various spaces on campus, and constitute new conceptual maps in their own right.
The Library: Minds and Reminds
For Trinity Week 2016, the library installed a multi-panel outdoor display in Fellows’ Square of photographs, paintings, maps and plans of College buildings and structures, some of which still exist, some that have changed, and others that are long gone. They created this interactive digital map to similarly map college’s memories, since, as they note, the history of college ‘is embedded in the fabric of its buildings and gardens that form its campus.’ This digital map gives us access to a college that has become invisible over time by highlighting ‘several significant architecture structures, some of which no longer exist, using images and other historical documents from the College Archives.’
The Douglas Hyde Gallery: Gallery 3
The Douglas Hyde Gallery has fostered a creative renegotiation of the site of college through its Gallery 3 series , where artists adopt campus as their gallery. The current Gallery 3 project has been created by the artist Aine McBride. Habitat HQ engages with the lower floor of the arts block and is located outside the Edmund Burke theatre.
Earlier Gallery 3 projects have been undertaken by Hannah Fitz, who in 2016 installed a video work featuring Isadora Epstein in an otherwise unprepossessing lecture room in the arts block in her piece In Light of the Lamp, and Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, whose 2014 project, Wound with a Tear, playfully explored the relationships between Trinity’s venerable buildings and archives, their deterioration and conservation over the years, and how this all relates to the history of college. This work took the form of a route around campus, involving photographs, texts, and installations.
Dr Rigaki is a lecturer in the School of Music at Trinity, and has created many works that explore notions of theatricality through music. Her compositions have a strong imaginative connection with the site of campus. Works that have premiered at the Beckett Theatre in college include To Be Elsewhere (2011), Ode to Debt (2012), and AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades (2013). In 2014, she created The Pregnant Box, an installation in Front Square of miniature operas for one audience member at a time and a wandering choir.