The Arts of Dublin

Today we stayed within the corridors of Dublin while going on our visits, unlike the past few days. We were able to visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Book of Kells and the rest of the Trinity College Library. It was a much different perspective of Irish culture than we have seen previously.

We started the day off early once again with breakfast at the cafe on campus. Afterwards, we had a case study in class with Professor Lada, which I found very interesting. We discussed Africa and their implementation of systems that are supposed to provide them with a new and more efficient way to pump water, however the results didn’t live up to the expectations of the system. Instead, it brought about more ethical issues regarding the mannerisms by which the Africans have to go about their everyday lives, and showed that the media tends to convey images that make things seem great, when in reality it is the opposite.

After class and lunch, we took a bus to visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It was an interesting excursion, and we got to see how the artisan culture of Ireland has changed over the years. With the freedom from Great Britain, the Irish are more free to create what they want with their art. One of the most unique exhibits was the Structural Plays, which was an interactive game that you were able to play to help people communicate without speaking at all.

Lastly, we visited the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is equivalent to the Bible for the Gaelic. The Trinity College was one of the coolest things I have seen on this trip, with the most books I have ever seen in one place, dating back to the 1300s. In addition, the library housed the oldest harp in the entire country of Ireland. So, in terms of culture, Trinity College contained more than anything we’ve seen on the trip.

Today was definitely a culture-filled day, and I’m glad I got to see a new side of Dublin through our excursions.