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And They All Lived Happily Ever After! Utopian Construction across Archive, Architecture and Art

Inspired by ANU’s ‘The Secret Space: Palimpsest’ multimedia installation – which reflects on the relationship between individual idealism and the practical establishment of a new state – an invited panel moderated by Una Mullally (author and journalist) will explore the utopian ideals and narratives of the revolutionary participants and the early architectural ambitions of the new Irish Free State using archives held in the National Archives, architecture and art. These themes will be explored within the historical and social context of Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s when the nascent state undertook a campaign of modernisation, embracing cutting-edge architectural design and construction technologies as the country embarked upon the world stage as a newly independent nation. Please note: as this is an audio file, there is no accompanying image.