Judith Butler, The Force of Nonviolence 2020, London, New York: Verso, p203
BA in Fine Art from IT Sligo 2008
MSc in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin 2013
Certificate in High Impact Leadership, Irish Management Institute 2018
Certificate in Irish language, bonnleibhéal, TEG, University of Maynooth
Shane is an interactive digital media artist and project manager based in Ireland.
Project management experience include: European Manager, Gstaadfilm International Festival for Short Art Films (Switzerland, including tours to Ireland, UK, Uruguay, Brazil and Germany; 2014-date), Project Manager Projects: Slándáil (European Union FP7), FÍOSÍN (Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund) and Éadáil (Atlantic Bridge Proof of Principle Fund), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland, 2014-19).
Artworks explore contemporary theory on technology, place and transience. Recent exhibitions include: Over Nature, six venues (Ireland & UK) curated by Valeria Ceregini (2019-20); The Repeated Refrains of Nature, Trinity College Dublin (2019) and faigh ar ais as an fharraige, Rye Creative Centre, UK (2018).
Proud to be a member of Visual Artists Ireland, the representative body for artists in Ireland, and a constant source of support and information.
Active supporter of open source projects:
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30th November 2020
Book Chapter: We, the Mycorrhizae in Evolving the Forest (2020, art dot earth)
I have a chapter in the edited book Evolving the Forest that will be released on 14th of December is now in print. The book is published by art dot earth, and the chapter and book were edited by Richard Povall. The chapter deals with concepts of networks, and is an essay form article. The book is currently availble for order.
18th November 2020
Research: FIELD - Lameness and BVD
I have just completed two weeks of a research residency working with farmers in England, Scotland and Ireland, discussing lameness in sheep predomainantly, and also BVD in cattle, as part of my work with the FIELD Project, UK.
This research will form the basis for a new installation being built in early 2021.
30th October 2020
Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #5 - Necessity: Forests
The fifth video essay for the The Wood Wide Web project is now available online.
Each video includes a long-form blog-post outlining the research toward this video:
Shane Finan: Independent Interdependence.
This is part of the residency programme ENTWINED: Rural Land Lives Art.
29th October 2020
An interactive installation about trees and networks, built and to be installed at a future exhibition.
This installation was built for the exhibition as tree, funded by Creative Ireland (Sligo). It was the final work in the 5-year long series Antikythera, Etc.
11th October 2020
Residency Award: FIELD
I have been awarded the visual artist in residence award at the FIELD project. This 4-year interdisciplinary project features immunologists, economists and social scientists investigating disease and sustainable agriculture.
I will be working as artist in residence in collaboration with farmers in England, Ireland and Scotland, with new work created by April 2021.
Two other artists in residence prizes have also been awarded: Michele Allen is photographer in residence, working on a new project based in north England. Mark Jones is filmmaker in residence. We are all collaborating on new work, and working on individual tangents that will form a complete final project.
22nd September 2020
Updated 6th October 2020
Upcoming Exhibition: As Tree
A curated exhbition run by Shane Finan, and featuring his own work and the works of Catriona Gallagher (UK) and Tadhg Ó Cuirrín (IRL) taking place in Tubbercurry, Sligo.
The exhibition will feature a new interactive light installation by Shane Finan and the first time the works by Ó Cuirrín and Gallagher will be shown in northwest Ireland. More details and booking available at the project web page.
24th August 2020
Online Conference Presentation: Rediscovering Wildness
A presentation of recent research about networks and wildness, led by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The conference, originally due to take place in Northumberland, is now being presented online.
The morning-long conference will feature talks from Steven Lipscombe (Project Officer, Kielderhead Wildwood Project), Professor Ysanne Holt (Northumbria University) and Andrew Stringer (Head of Environment and Forest Planning at Forestry England). More information and registration are at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust's web-page - click on the image below for the link.
21st July 2020
Publication: Soil, Fungi and Chthonic Communication
The third of my publications for Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy is now available to read online. Edited by Adrienne Attorp and Beth Clark.
1st July 2020
Exhibition: in áit
An exhibition of three "restricted" paintings took place on the side of the road in Wicklow, celebrating the end of lockdown restrictions. The paintings and the process will be documented in the coming weeks.
14th June 2020
Publication: A Different Kind of Grief
A longform publication edited by Miriam Rasch for the Institute of Networks Cultures.
This article is linked to the Wood Wide Web project.
It expores the idea of solastalgia and disconnection from environment, and also introduces the importance of connectivity and networks. Grief is put forward as an emotional response to alteration of place.
2nd June 2020
Publication: Planting and Stewardship
A new article publication on art and place that looks at the importance of planting, and how we view forests as stewards or as economic overseers.
Award: Arts Council of Ireland COVID-19 Response Fund
An award to create new online work while in lockdown measures during COVID-19. The new artwork, titled 'as if you could kill time without injuring eternity' is currently being built. The work is an interactive web-based art installation taking influence from the Wood Wide Web project. The title is a quote from Henry David Thoreau's Walden
The sixth and final stage of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini. Image of gallery courtesy of Wikimedia.
Part of the ongoing group exhibition Over Nature curated by Valeria Ceregini.
Photograph below credit: Mary O'Connor, artist.
An exhibition of restricted paintings presented to neighbours and friends living in a close locale to celebrate the end of the COVID-19 restrictions
Exhibitions and events up to August 2020 are currently postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Any update will be posted here. Please stay home, stay safe.
Image below courtesy of Sammon chartered surveyors.
In 2019/2020, I will be one of the exhibiting artists in an upcoming exhibition about contemporary thoughts on nature and landscape, Over Nature, curated by Valeria Ceregini. The works that will feature in the exhibition will include interactive digital works and paintings on landscape and place. The exhibition will tour to five venues in the Republic of Ireland.
The venues that will be exhibiting the works are as follows:
A new interactive video based artwork, the repeated refrains of nature, was exhibied in the Zoological Museum, Trinity College Dublin (June 26th-August 31st 2019). Based on nature writing including that of Rachel Carson and Robert MacFarlane, the piece is a response to the decline in bird species populations currently being observed internationally. The artwork is exhibited in the Auk Room, beside an exhibiton of extinct birds and animals that once called Ireland home.
This artwork is part of the series solastalgia.
This mixed media installation, exhibited at Rye
Creative Centre from March 3-17 2018. It was created to respond to Rye, and to contemporary
trends in technology and language.
Taking influence from writing on language, technology and society, this artwork was exhibited as a single exhibition.
faigh ar ais as an fharraige is a new project developed for Rye Creative Centre. The exhibition features an interactive digital artwork inspired by history, contemporary culture, place and technology. Using a transposed recreation of JMW Turner’s painting ‘Rye, Sussex’ (1794-7) with a digital touchscreen containing terminology from Sussex, faigh ar ais as an fharraige invites the audience to participate in altering, shifting or changing their visual landscape.
This is the third artwork in the series Antikythera, etc. that began in 2016. The series explores the relationship between technology and transience, telling stories about lost histories through contemporary media.
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.
See shows for more details.