Sheila O’Donnell + John Tuomey: “Unfinished History”
alterRurality3 Conference: Fieldwork Letterfrack
Exploring the futures, opportunities and challenges of rural localities in 21st Century Europe
“We do not belong to those who have ideas only among books (…). It is our habit to think outdoors – walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful.” (F. Nietzsche)
This is a meeting of local, national and international researchers and practitioners engaged with rural life and interested in its future. We aim to foster multidisciplinary exchanges of knowledge and ideas about art, culture, architecture, farming, design, landscape, planning… and how best to sustain rural places. In gathering together a wide range of experience, by immersing ourselves in place, by walking, talking, looking and listening, and by spending proper time each day to debate a particular theme, we hope to encourage and inspire new dialogues between individuals and across disciplines. Exchanges take place in the field, over lunch, and dinner, and follow on from single plenary presentations that allow all participants to hear and respond to one another.
Architects of the Letterfrack campus masterplan, Sheila and John will tell the story of their approach to the Connemara West project, their “Unfinished History” in the village.
Venue: GMIT Furniture College,