Fail Better at the Dublin Science Gallery is an exhibition which explores the idea of failure through a variety of different failed scientific endeavors, some noble and some just plain silly. The exhibition is the brainchild of the Gallery’s Director Michael John Gorman, who fittingly enlisted Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, inventor of the repair-oriented, wonder rubber, Sugru, as a co-curator.
The failures being exhibited are all selected by people whom no one would consider failures. To name a few economist Tim Harford, engineer Ross Brawn, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, writer Anne Enright and inventor James Dyson.
Fail Better is an examination of the way we perceive and react to failure. While it doesn’t celebrate failure itself, the exhibition recognises and displays the value of failure as a learning point and creative stimulant. All this is perfectly summed up by the iconic lines from Samuel Beckett’s novella, Worstward Ho, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better”