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.
Supporter of federated, free and open source software:
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Signatory of Culture Declares Emergency:
4th June 2021
New Artwork: Macalla
A tryptich of web-art pieces about trees, tubes and humans presented online.
Available to view at 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.
24th April 2021
New installation: we, the mycorrhizae
New artwork presented at VARC, Highgreen, to an audience of over 70 people across a day. Full documentation coming soon.
This piece invited attendees to come together to make place with one another. It was influenced by the tree planting at Kielderhead Wildwood Project.
Part of the programme ENTWINED: Rural Land Lives Art.
31st March 2021
Residency: The Wood Wide Web
A one-month residency working on a project about networks (forest, community, technology) is now underway.
In collaboration with Kielderhead Wildwood Project, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, UK, where they are planting 39,000 trees over five years in Kielder, England, near the Scottish border.
This is part of the residency programme ENTWINED: Rural Land Lives Art.
Video Essay: Never Just a Tree #6 - Necessity: Community
The sixth 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: Repairing The Chain.
21st March 2021
New Project Page: ]EXPOSURE[[ENCLOSURE]
A new project page to host all of the different writing and work that I have made as part of the FIELD project.
New web-based artworks from this project to appear soon.
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.
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.
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.