For nearly twenty years the Media Department in NCAD has run a masters course with a remit of examining the digital world. There is no doubt that we all inhabit one now.
This year's students come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. While the work on show is diverse, there is a common thread, time. Conversations about time have always been part of the discussion around digital media, from the desirability of high speed broadband to today’s questions around time wasting, as current technology has us instantly and constantly connected.
This year's cohort have prodded and poked (in the case of Kevin O’Kelly, banged and bashed) at the contradictions presented by time in a digital society. Claire Mc Cluskey’s piece is underpinned by the natural world's way of telling time. István László’s work looks at historical time and fragmentation. Julie Weber examines our 24hour, always-on world. Kevin O'Kelly forces us to look at how we exist in time, while Margaux Basch has nostalgia for things that have not yet happened.