found in dictionary as an unreferenced literary usein Fóclóir Gaeilge-Béarla 1977 Ó Dónaill
Collaborating with fungi, sheep, humans, semiconductors, birds.
Assembling things into art including electronics, light, painting, timber and more.
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4th August 2023
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3rd July 2023
social events: Waking the Land, ^, Manorhamilton
As part of the collective ^, we are coordinating new artist-led social events each Thursday in August 2023 for the project Waking the Land. Each week a different artist will hold space at ^. More information at this link.
interview: Assembly at the Jackie Clarke Collection
Interview film by Anula Productions and supported by the Jackie Clarke Collection about the artwork Assembly, created as Decade of Centenaries Artist in Residence 2022.
1st July 2023
documentation: The Question Concerning Technology in Ireland?: Art, Decoloniality and Speculations of an Irish Cosmotechnics by Dr. El Putnam, MDPI Arts 2023, 12(3)
Dr. El Putnam's publication features an academic response to the artwork Assembly (2022) by Shane Finan as part of an evolving Irish cosmotechnics. The paper explores this alongside work by ANNEX and Putnam's own performances.
new project: Waking The Land
With the collective ^, a new project has begun partnered with the Glens Centre Manorhamilton and supported by the Irish Hospice Foundation's Compassionate Culture Network. The project will explore environmental loss and rural depopulation using the Black Lough on Benbo mountain as a storytelling device.
21st June 2023
publication: Wood Wide Web, in Reseeding published by the Kielderhead Wildwood Project
A chapter in the book contains a photographic artwork series based on time spent at the Kielderhead Wildwood Project on the residency Wood Wide Web. The publication was launched at Northern Stage, Newcastle, where I presented the work in a 10-minute talk to an invited audience of ecologists, artists, volunteer planters and the public.
1st June 2023
launch: COMPOST Issue 3, ^, Manorhamilton
COMPOST Issue 3: Water is launching across June and July in venues local to the contributors, worldwide. Launches are taking place in LA, Delhi, London and Manorhamilton. The Manorhamilton launch was also the first public opening for the new art-research collective space ^
31st May 2023
publication: mischief, submerged, COMPOST Issue 3: Water
A prose essay about the entanglement of myth, ecology and technology at the Poulaphuca Reservoir, Wicklow, published in Issue 3 of the collaborative online magazine COMPOST
Once accepted, Púca then takes the person on a wild journey between our world and the realm of na daoine mhaithe (the good folk, sometimes referred to as fair folk or fairies), scaring the unsuspecting human until their hair turns grey. Sometimes the passenger falls off and is trapped in that other realm. Púca's ability to cross between worlds makes them capable of unpredictable mischief.
21st May 2023
exhibition: DISTRO, Cavan Arts Festival, Cavan, Ireland
A collection of zines by the collective ^ and a book about the project Púca in the Machine both exhibited at DISTRO, Cavan Arts Festival, an exhibition of self-published books and zines in Ireland, curated by Chloe Maguire.
17th April 2023
documentary: Artflicks, Artlink
A 10-minute documentary about my work with lichen at Artlink Fort Dunree. View the video at this link.
2nd April 2023
kickoff: Púca in the Machine 2023, Poulaphuca, Wicklow
The second edition of the art-research collaboration Púca in the Machine kicked off with a meeting of the 2023 artists Margaret O'Brien, Saidhbhín Gibson and Robert Barrett. The artists met at Poulaphuca and walked the shores, guided by me as project manager.
20th January 2023
talk: Myth-ecology and Technology, Techne logos, Care and the (neg) Anthropocene, European Technological University, TU Dublin
I presented work at the 3rd EUT annual conference on technology, care and mythology.
19th November 2022
launch: Assembly, Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, Co. Mayo
A new interactive, immersie installation has been created and installed at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
The work draws from the history of the Civil War period in Ireland, and explores the fringe and untold stories of those who lived then and today, both human and nonhuman.
Using technologies from that time, and from today, entwined strings of stories are presented as abstract films, prints sensor-based media, autograph books and an ad-hoc network.
The launch featured talks from Dr. El Putnam (artist-philosopher and Assistant Professor of Digital Media at NUI Maynooth), Cllr. Mark Duffy (Cathaoirleach Ballina MD), and Anne Marie FOrbes (acting manager, Jackie Clarke Collection), chaired by Ann Marie McGing (Arts Officer, Mayo County Council).
This is the result of a 6-month residency supported by Mayo Arts Office and Decade of Centenaries funding.
18th November 2022
news feature: New exhibition draws on Ballina’s stories, Western People
A news article covering the launch and exhibition of the new artwork Assembly at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
11th November 2022
launch: Púca in the Machine, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
The third and final leg of the exhibition Púca in the Machine launched at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Friday, November 11th 2022.
5th November 2022
talk: Myth-Ecology and Technology, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, Northern Ireland
A talk about the linked ideas and the research that supported the project Púca in the Machine.
8th October 2022
exhibition launch: púca in the machine, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, Northern Ireland
The launch of the first in a 2-stage tour of the art-research project that I coordinated in 2022, Púca in the Machine took place on October 8th 2022.
The exhibition will run until November 5th 2022.
20th September 2022
new art space: ^, Main Street, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
In September 2022, a small group of humans (artists, repairers, hackers, breakers, foragers, growers) collectively opened a space in north-west Ireland. This porous territory will host us, at least for a short while. I am one of the co-founders of ^
This is a three storey building for experimental collaboration, creating new work and developing conversations led by ethics of care and contemporary philosophy on the more-than-human.
Gaining space is an act that we consider radical in a time of pandemic and digital space, when territories and boundaries are taking on new meanings. As artists, we have a small group that are dedicated to broadening conversations on what it means to collaborate, including considering what these porous borders at the edge of our bodies might represent.
An ongoing art installation influenced by the museum collection that changes weekly until the official launch on November 19th 2022 by Dr. El Putnam.
The third leg of the exhibition of research-based artworks from the Poulaphuca Reservoir. More information at this link.
The second leg of the exhibition of research-based artworks from the Poulaphuca Reservoir
Presentation of research artworks from one-month residency in Graz, combining research and collaborations from the Swap Space team into an interactive artwork about the nonhuman and human traces that are created when we move into and through a place.
Exhibition of artistic research and works in progress from a new project about the more-than-human at a flooded valley and reservoir, Poulaphuca, in west Wicklow, Ireland.
Two artworks are showing at the second leg of ENTWINED as the exhibition tours to a Newcastle venue.
Two interactive artworks have been selected to be part of the 2021 exhibition programme for Piksel, an international network and annual event for electronic art and technological freedom.
The works are part of the broader programme of events. Two artworks exhibiting are Macalla (2021) from the The Wood Wide Web and It seemed like we were moving closer together from the 2021 solo exhibition Detached Touch.
Drawings and stories included in work on show at the Museum of English Rural Life. Three artists are exhibiting, including Michele Allen and Mark Richard Jones.
Other work on show includes academic writing, fieldwork and other public engagement pieces from the 6-university interdisciplinary research project FIELD.
Photograph courtesy FIELD project
The film Because the Exchange is Complete will screen at the 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival 2021 edition, which is a blended online and in-person event.
The film Because the Exchange is Complete will screen at the Hexham Forum Cinema, Hexham (28 Sept), the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (21 Oct) and Everyman Cinema, Lincoln (18 Nov) as part of the FIELDS public outreach programme of FIELD, following a 6-month research residency.
The two year, multi-partner ENTWINED:Rural.Land.Lives.Art. programme exhibits works by six resident artists curated by Cynthia Morisson Bell (artcircuit)
Solo exhibition presenting three new interactive and technology-led installations about technology, contact, and more-than-human connections
Works about animal and human connections involving lameness and vulnerability presented as part of the public engagement programme of FIELD, following a 6-month research residency.
Sunday 8 August: Nuns Moor Park Bike Garden mini-marketNuns Moor Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5NU10am - 2pmSaturday 28 August: Louth MarketCornmarket, Louth, LN11 9PD9am - 4pmSaturday 11 September: Beverley MarketMarket Pl, Beverley, HU17 8EA8am - 4pmSaturday 25 September: Hexham Farmers MarketMarket Pl, Hexham, NE46 1XQ9am - 1pmSaturday 16 October: Grainger MarketGrainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QQ9am - 4pm
VARC artists in residence Catriona Gallagher and Shane Finan showing work from the adventurous three-year programme ENTWINED. Rural. Land. Lives. Art. Shane will stage a new interactive performative installation.