Irrgrønn: A day of ideas from Ireland
…is a day long festival taking place on Oslo 3rd of March 2018. Novelists, non-fiction writers and filmmakers will explore ideas from literature, technology and politics. The day will touch on the future of politics in the shadow of the online rise of the alt right, questions of technologically enabled immortality and the future of the novel. Readings, public interviews, children´s events, public classes and film screenings will be held throughout the day.
The events are open to all.
18:00 Opening Address by his Excellency Karl Gardner, Irish Ambassador to Norway w/ announcement of the Irrgrønn Flash Fiction Award Winner
18:15 Mark O’Connell and Angela Nagle in Interview: The Alt Right, Transhumanism and a future altered by technology.
19:00 Pause, Music, Drinks
19:15 Novelist and Goldsmith Award Winner Mike McCormack in conversation with Sinead O´Shea.
O´Connell is a columnist with http://www.slate.com/ and a contributing journalist to The New Yorker magazine. He has recently published the non-fiction book To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death.
The book has received high praise and was an Editor´s choice in the New York Times with the following review:
“This gonzo-journalistic exploration of the Silicon Valley techno-utopians’ pursuit of escaping mortality is a breezy romp full of colorful characters.” –New York Times Book Review.
Angela Nagle is the author of Kill All Normies: From 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right. Angela Nagle’s work has appeared in the Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, the Irish Times and many other journals. She has been interviewed on Channel 4, on the Chapo Trap House podcast and a host of US and international radio shows. Her book Kill All Normies: the online culture wars from 4chan and tumblr to Trump and the alt-right has earned her the title “an old leftist’s idea of what a young leftist should be” by her detractors and “one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers who have declared independence from intellectual conformity’ by her champions.
Sinead O’Shea is a film-maker and journalist. She has made films and reports for the BBC, al-Jazeera English, the Guardian, RTE and the Irish Times.
At Irrgrønn she will screen her feature documentary. ‘A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot’ Five years in the making, this brave and level-headed documentary exposes paramilitary activity in present day Northern Ireland during a supposed time of peace.
She will also conduct a public interview with Mike McCormack
McCormack is an Irish novelist and short story writer. He has published two collections of short stories, Getting It In the Head and Forensic Songs and three novels – Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma and Solar Bones.
His novel Solar Bones has been nominated for the 2017 Man Booker and has won the prestigious 2016 Goldsmiths Prize
Irrgrønn: A Day of Ideas from Ireland is possible due to the generous support of Fritt Ord, Irish Embassy, Oslo and Tourism Ireland.
Arranged by:IRRGRØNN PRODUCTIONS an Oslo based production company. Our projects are wide ranging encompassing literature, theatre, music and visual arts.