A creative cartography of Ireland’s art and technology landscape
November 2nd - 19th 2023
12:00 - 18:00 (Tuesday - Sunday)

Beta Festival featured a unique exhibition of Irish-based and international artists spanning the material and digital, the real and the virtual, the local and the global through creative and critical practice.

Beta Festival provides a platform for Irish-based artists and researchers to bring their work to new audiences so that collectively we can seek out original ways to navigate through our contemporary networked world.


ADAPT / Beta

︎The Digital Depot, Bay 1

The AI Ethics Studio is a dedicated space for visitors, researchers, and artists to come together and explore our relationship with AI using alternative and  creative methods and interactions. Created in partnership with the festival research partner - ADAPT the world-leading SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology.

The Ninth Muse

Aoibheann Greenan

︎ The Digital Depot,  Bay 1,
︎ Pallas Projects, The Coombe

“The Ninth Muse" explores brain-machine interfacing’s creative and social implications, through the lens of ancient Greek mythology, 20th century surrealism and feminist strategies for countering corporate capture.

Uncensored Lilac

Bassam Issa Al-Sabah

︎ The Digital Depot , Bay 1

Work-in-progress AI Animation exploring climate changes impact on social and environmental relations,  part of the Beta x transmediale residency supported by the Arts Council.

暴洪野火机构  (The Office Agency of Flash Flood and Wildfire)

Bela and Kloxii

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Focusing on the  production and dissemination of musical scores that respond to the anxieties of climate collapse and mass disintegration, the duo explores how the news and social media cycles of crises affect our emotional and psychological response. Work in progress - part of the Beta x transmediale residency supported by the Arts Council.

Potato Internet

Caroline Sinders

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

When discussing alternatives for today's extractive and toxic online world, the usual commentary is 'but they don't scale up'. But what if the future of the internet is all about scaling down? Potato Internet is a small scale, social network built from handy materials and e-waste.
(in collaboration with Trammell Hudson and fabrication support with Motong Yang)

Supported by British Council Ireland.


S. Harikrishnan and Paul O’ Neill
︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Deliver is an ongoing collaborative research project by S. Harikrishnan and Paul O’ Neill focusing on food delivery workers in Dublin within the context of digital culture and platform capitalism. As part of Beta festival, they will be exhibiting images documenting the social spaces created and occupied by delivery workers, and contrasting them with areas of the city where some of the most dominant tech companies of our networked era are based


Joanna Walsh

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Talk with Markievcz Mark1, an AI trained on the historical records of Irish women's words, and print out a receipt of your conversation.


Libby Heaney

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Ent is a 360-degree immersive installation taking quantum computing as both medium and subject matter. Supported by British Council Ireland.


Mac Andre Arboleda

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Artistic research project dissecting the role of the screen as a central mediating force. Work in progress - part of the Beta x transmediale residency supported by the Arts Council.


Nadia J. Armstrong

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

A 3D virtual avatar performance that reflects upon our digital dependencies and methods of online expression. Part of the Beta x transmediale residency supported by the Arts Council.


Sal Stapleton

︎ Multiple locations in Dublin 8

ALTER, is an immersive digital installation combining 3D imagery and motion, soundscape and augmented reality. Commissioned by Beta Festival & supported by Roe & Co.


Thomas Garnier

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

The new production sites of our accelerated contemporary world, the "dark factories" (or "lights-out factories") are fully automated factories that operate without human intervention. Without even having to light the space, machines can now "work" day and night, without breaks, without compromising the quality of their production. These places with a basic architecture take the form of large, modular, repetitive warehouses where everything is designed to facilitate the movement of robots. Thomas Garnier proposes with Taotie an immersive installation which aims at questioning these new time-spaces of work and production. Can machines live without us in the dark?

Supported by Ambassade de France en Irlande and proudly part of the Novembre Numerique programme.

Transition To Transcendence

Nikolas Ryan

︎NCAD Gallery

‘Transition To Transcendence’ is an interactive, immersive installation which includes a VR element. It takes root in a profound exploration of my experience with Evangelical Queer Conversion Therapy, guided by Foucault's insights on Biopolitics.

Book your experience here: www.eventbrite.ie/e/transition-to-transcendence-tickets-749201300257


Katie Nolan

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Trespass examines our digital culture as pharmakon, both poison and cure.

Data Centres in Ireland consume more than 30% of Ireland's total electricity,  complicating our nations ability to combat climate change at this time of anthropocentric environmental destruction. Filmed at an organic fruit farm in Co Waterford and secretly at a Data Centre in Dublin, the work points to the history of an orchard that once existed where this Data Centre now stands.

Critical ChangeLab // Beta

Youth participants

︎ The Digital Depot, Bay 1

Launch of digital artwork co-created by youth participants in Critical ChangeLab workshops at the Digital Hub.

Data City Dublin

Data Stories

︎The Digital Depot, Bay 1

A large-scale 3D printed model of central Dublin with projected data overlays.

Bone of What Absent Thing (2021-22)

Elaine Hoey

︎NCAD Gallery

In this contemporary retelling of the myth of Medusa, Elaine Hoey trains an artificial intelligence (AI) model with multiple narratives surrounding the ancient myth. Combining classical literature, academic text, fiction and personal writings, the AI shapes new narratives that questions violence towards women and the negative representation of the ‘monstrous’ female body.