María Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds, 2017, p99 (first line), p104
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
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.
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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11th September 2021
Intervention: FIELDS, Beverley, Market, York
Went on-site to Beverley Market with the FIELDS team as part of the public engagement for Project FIELD.
10th September 2021
Conference Presentation: Beastly Landscapes, Newcastle University
A new film will be shown documenting the experience of being-with sheep with lameness while working on the project FIELD. The film, Because the Exchange is Complete, will be presented as a provocation and presentation at the Beastly Landscapes Symposium, Newcastle University on Friday, September 10th, 2021.
4th September 2021
Exhibition Launch: ENTWINED: Rural Land Lives Art (2021)
Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) have launched the first exhibition to mark the end of the ENTWINED residency programme. This programme included the work made for the project The Wood Wide Web in collaboration with Kielderhead Wildwood Project, Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
The exhibition launched to an audience of around 250 people, with six residents, two associate artists and three VARC artists all exhibiting in a dynamic programme at Highgreen Manor on Saturday, September 4th.
2nd September 2021
Series of events: FIELDS (2021)
Work is currently on tour as part of the exhibition programme of FIELDS, the public outreach programme of the FIELD project.
The programme is touring to six markets in England, and includes an exhibition at the Museum of English Rural Life and three cinema screenings at Hexham Forum Cinema, Star and Shadow Cinema Newcastle and Kinema in the Woods Lincoln.
27th August 2021
New artwork documentation: Offering (2021)
A 1.5-minute video documenting the interactive artwork Offering, which was created on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre (June-August 2021) and was first exhibited with a solo exhibition there in August 2021.
Artwork #2 from the exhibition Detached Touch (2021)
25th August 2021
New artwork documentation: it seemed like we were moving closer together (2021)
A 1.5-minute video documenting the interactive artwork it seemed like we were moving closer together, which was created on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre (June-August 2021) and was first exhibited with a solo exhibition there in August 2021.
Artwork #1 from the exhibition Detached Touch (2021)
13th August 2021
Solo Exhibition: Detached Touch
Three new interactive and technology led artworks about contact, technology and more-than-human connections. The exhibition will run until September 4th 2021.
More information at this link.
11th August 2021
New artworks: Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2021)
Three new artworks have been completed while on residency at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, using contactless RFID technology, interactive trackball technology and 6-screen video controlled by Raspberry Pis. These three works make up the exhibition detached touch launching 13th August at the centre.
Photograph by Tadhg Ó Cuirrín
10th August 2021
Interview: Getting Visual Art, The Sligo Champion (2021)
An interview with journalist Robbie Brennan about upcoming exhibition in Leitrim Sculpture Centre, and how I create art with nature and technology.
Photograph by Donal Lally.
4th August 2021
New programme: FIELDS (2021)
A new programme of in-person and online public outreach using the work of artists and academics that were resident with the FIELD project in 2020-2021. This includes a programme of cinema screenings and market events later in 2021, and online stories and interactive artworks.
29th June 2021
New artwork documentation: The Power of Inconspicuous Things (2021)
A 2-minute video documenting the interactive artwork The Power of Inconspicuous Things, which debuted in April 2021 at VARC, UK, and will form part of the touring exhibition from the programme ENTWINED.Rural.Land.Lives.Art. in 2021 and 2022 in north England.
Artwork #3 from the project The Wood Wide Web (2020-)
22nd June 2021
Exhibition Residency: Leitrim Sculpture Centre
A 2-month residency working with more-than-human entanglements, technology, agriculture and forests began at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre on 22nd June 2021, and will conclude with a solo exhibition in August 2021.
4th June 2021
New Artwork: Macalla
A tryptich of web-art pieces about trees, tubes and humans presented online.
Available to view at this link.
29th May 2021
Publication: The Wood Wide Web
The UK-based artist resource Curatorspace invited a write up about what it was like to spend a month making art with fledgling trees in Northumberland.
The relationships aren't simple, and human language is not well equipped to describe them. So I am gradually trying to strip away language and focus instead on visual and interactivity.
post citation, 2021
Available online at this link.
28th May 2021
Workshop documentation: Kielder School
VARC have shared some documentation from a workshop with Kielder school while resident in April 2021. Children were taught about trees and fungi, and then were invited to make small electronic hyphae using lights, Arduino boards and fibre optic cables.
5th May 2021
Publication: The Master's Device
A publication in the Visual Artists Ireland News-sheet about open source media and the potential for technological critique by artists.
Artists … are known for challenging hegemonies, exploring environmental issues, … or voicing ethical concerns within their work. So, there is an unfortunate contradiction in using ethically, environmentally or socially unsound tools.
Available online from June 2021 at this link.
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 the Kinema in the Woods, 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.
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.