Dublin Airport Digital Walls
By: The Sixsem Production Company
The Sixsem Production Company is proposing the installation of two digital ‘walls’ at Dublin Airport, one stationed at the departure gate, the other at the arrivals hall.
They will serve as electronic sketchpads and will appeal to emigrants, immigrants and tourists to contribute and/or simply soak up what others have to say. And what is art but one person expressing and another absorbing?
About the Project
For thousands of years, people have scribbled messages on walls.
From Pharaohs to Facebook, we’ve continually expressed ourselves by committing our feelings, our thoughts, our memories to a public space. Sometimes these words or images become a snapshot of a particular time, a piece of history in itself like the remains at Pompeii. Sometimes the messages become a memorial like the remnants of the Berlin Wall. Sometimes they become a shrine like Abbey Road.
Ireland has suffered in recent years; with emigration, perhaps, the most lamentable consequence. Many young people continue to leave the country in search of a better life. Others have returned home, content with a brief dalliance abroad, perhaps relieved to be back to what they know. What’s going through these people’s minds as they embark on a potentially life-changing journey?
And what about the island that tourists have such a special connection to, many of them members of the Irish diaspora? How do they feel about visiting the country their ancestors left so many years ago? And then leaving again?
The Sixsem Production Company is proposing the installation of two digital ‘walls’ at Dublin Airport, one stationed at the departure gate, the other at the arrivals hall. They will serve as electronic sketchpads and will appeal to emigrants, immigrants and tourists to contribute and/or simply soak up what others have to say. And what is art but one person expressing and another absorbing?
Inside the airport, messages can be uploaded to the walls via smart-phone devices or by using specially-installed kiosks to type, design and post. The walls will float the best messages, poems, drawings and sketches across the screen while also allowing you to search the archive for past uploads. Prompting users to leave certain personal information will see the digital ‘wall’ also act as a digital guestbook.
Throughout Dublin Airport there are quotes and poems from Irish history. There's nothing wrong with reflecting on our past, but why not facilitate what the current generation has to say?
Is there someone you want to thank before you step on that plane? Is there something you deeply miss about Ireland? Is there a message you want to leave and re-visit in a few years time? If you’re a tourist, what did you enjoy most about our country? What indeed makes it so special? Is this your first time here? Have you spent just a fleeting weekend in Dublin and desperately need to tell that girl you met in that pub on Camden Street exactly how you feel?
The digital wall is a legacy project – a reflection of where the country was on any given date, of any given month, of any given year. It’s a newspaper written by everyday Irish people. It’s a declaration of proud Irishness with an international slant.
A bit like Guinness.