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15.01.2021

Announcing Facebook and FSAS New Technology Award inaugural recipient: Doireann O’Malley

Announcing  Facebook and FSAS New Technology Award inaugural recipient: Doireann O’Malley

Photo Credit: Silke Briel, performance cast at BPA at Gropius Studios. Doireann O’Malley 2021

Thursday, January 14

In a new and ambitious partnership, Facebook and Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) are delighted to announce Doireann O’Malley as the inaugural recipient of the New Technology Award.

Through the award, Facebook and FSAS will provide Doireann, who is based in Berlin, with technical resources and expertise to imagine new fields of artistic production including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D digital fabrication.

Doireann’s work challenges the narrow gender binaries and rigid role models that have been inherited from a Western-centric legacy. Doireann will use the residency to develop the integration of  VR into a live work on stage, creating environments that will connect each performer to a virtual reality that is meaningful to their character. 

Speaking about the award, Josephine Kelliher, who leads the Facebook’s Open Arts team for the Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific regions, said; “As a company dedicated to bringing people closer together, Facebook recognises that creativity is essential to our collective wellbeing. Within our walls and around the globe, our Arts Department cultivates creative engagements that offer new ways of thinking about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. We’re excited to see how Irish artists will use technology to advance their practices and create inventive new works.”

For FSAS, director Helen Carey says “FSAS is as ever committed to enabling artists to work in all media at the most advanced level. So we are very pleased that this award continues that commitment.”

Doireann O’Malley holds an MFA from University of Ulster in Belfast. Their multi-disciplinary, research-led practice encompasses video, VR and performance. They are currently a participant of the Berlin Program for Artists (BPA), and a research fellow at the Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung 2020-2021. They are also a guest professor on the MFA programme at Zurich’s University of the Arts for the winter and spring semesters. In preparation for their presentation as part of the BPA at Gropius Studios, they have been leading workshops as research for an ongoing virtual reality and performance project: Hyperbodies in Hyperspace. To see more of Doireann’s work, visit the website www.doireannomalley.com

For more information on Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) and the Award, please contact Helen Carey on helen@firestation.ie.For more information on Facebook, please contact Kelley Cousins on kelleyc@fb.com

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