Vinciane Despret, What Would Animals Say If We Asked The Right Questions?, 2012, Editions La Découverte, p122
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 more-than-human relationships. 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.
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1st March 2021
Article: Callous Caring: The myth of dichotomy in farming
A new blog post about the complex decisions that farmers make, as part of the FIELD project.
The article looks at the idea of dichotomy and how nuanced the relationship between farmer and animal is.
19th February 2021
Article: The artist who stares at sheep
A new blog post documenting my first encounters with sheep suffering from lameness as part of the FIELD project.
The article documents how I began to underatand the vulnerability of sheep suffering from lameness, and what the sheep are now teaching me about being human.
16th February 2021
Public talk: art-talks, University of Lincoln
A public talk organised by the MFA programme at the University of Lincoln, partners on the FIELD project
The talk will discuss my artistic practice and background, and the current ongoing projects about farms and fungi. Click the image for more information.
3rd February 2021
Online exhibition in progress
Working on new collaborative material with Michele Allen and Mark Jones for the FIELD project for an online exhibition, 2021-22.
Works are focussed on animal disease including lameness and BVD.
11th January 2021
Exhibition Residency: Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2021)
I have been awarded an exhibition residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, to work on an ongoing project about more-than-human entanglements and network theory. This will be broken across two months in 2021, and the exhibition will take place in September 2021.
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.
Curated online exhibition (postponed offline exhibition) as tree, due to take place in Tubbercurry in 2021
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.