A large part of my practice is research. I regularly speak publicly about my process, and about the
projects and areas that I have worked in. I also have published articles about my research in print and
awarded first prize for 3MA award, 2013, awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies for presentation of an article published in the Journal of Postgraduate Research
Publication of work in exhibition catalogue for 'Over Nature'
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In Shane Finan's oevre the dialogue between art and nature, and what is means in a social context can be seen. His art encourages conversation, interaction or engagement to go over the physical or invisible border: both the borders of a country and its population, and the perceived "do not touch" borders of artworks.
Valeria Ceregini, on Shane Finan, Over Nature Catalogue 2019
Interview for online magazine
I tend to focus on transient ephemeral things that disappear over time – things that change the relationship between people and place.
Technology is one of those things that is constantly shifts and is constantly in flux.
Shane Finan, interview with Barry McHugh, 2017
Critical write-up on project 'ADA'.
We are more connected than ever, but the quality of our online relations remains in question.
Art, which generally requires your physical presence, might be the apotheosis of connection.
Perhaps that is why austerity governments value it so little. That makes archipelagoes a timely and potent image:
a cluster of discrete entities joined up more closely than it seems at first.
Mark Sheerin, criticismism, 2015
A series of research articles about networks. The articles cover networks of communication between forest organisms, humans, and the structures of networks that are formed physically and digitally. This is part of a residency with Visual Arts in Rural Communities on the programme ENTWINED. Rural. Land. Lives. Art., collaborating with Kielderhead Wildwood Project, Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Read Post #1 (March 2020)
Read Post #2 (April 2020)
I am dividing networks into two types: mutualistic and parasitic. In the former, the nodes of the network act together to help one another to grow and flourish. In the latter, a node or nodes in the network thrive off the other nodes without returning anything symbiotically.
The examples of mutualistic networks range from forests to technology to human communities. In the forest, the “wood wide web” is the network of fungi and trees that work together to help one another survive in forests. In technology, social networks, particularly those online sources and openness of communication between research communities, are a key example. In communities, the public sphere is the network: The bringing together of people to share ideas and values.
post citation, 2020
Blog post about research on art, networks and infrastructures, published by Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy.
The end result is a removal of responsibility, a separation between the “dirt” and the “clean”. This is important in any philosophy that suggests a closer connection to nature. This connection between rural and urban has been intentionally eroded in a dream of a pristine city reality. Although an illusion, the dream is, as Kant may have described it, a “Regulative Ideal”. It is an unattainable goal, but one that nonetheless guides the philosophy of the expansion of cities.
Chapter contribution and editing credits for book about GDPR and the legal use of social computing.
technological developments in all areas of human endeavour involve a reconsideration of established ethical norms and an assessment on their impact on societal values and power relations.
chapter citation, p.23, 2018
Article documenting research used for the artwork faigh ar ais as an fharraige (2018).
No language, whether technological, social, linguistic or artistic, appears without some baggage from a historical school of thought, and this is the reason for using painting as part of a visual metaphor in an interactive digital installation.
article quote, 2018
Contributing author to article on political and social effects of news on economics.
Our research shows that policy makers, researchers and politicians should pay heed to the 24-hour news cycles made even more noisy with Twitter
article conclusions, 2018
Article documenting research used for the artwork Mugwort, Wormwood, and how little we know about the end of the world (2016).
Creating mental maps of areas, sights, sounds and smells are all integral to this development of a sense of place. Leaving one place and entering another can also been seen as an experience; boundaries dictate the allowed behaviours inside one place or another.
article quote, 2016
Academic article on trust in communication using social media.
The potential for developing confidence in authorities through the two-way reciprocal communication of social media provides an avenue for trust-building that arguably was not provided by previous authority/public communication media.
article conclusions, 2015
Academic article on artist-led spaces.
Community co-creation of a transient place like Granby Park allows for the development of a cultural place identity that is temporary, but continues to function as part of the space’s place-memory.
Academic article on the use of public spaces in an age of digital media.
networked publics are broadening the horizons for discourse by offering new audiences for engagement, debate and collaboration, and as a result they are changing the role of particular architectural places.
article conclusions, 2013
Thesis about pervasive digital media and its effects on culture
It is possible to create a sense of place through a combination of devices and physical realities that, together, can reshape and redetermine the world that we live in and move through.
thesis conclusions, 2013
Article about artist-led spaces in Sligo, Ireland
...the post-recession landscape altered the Sligo art scene significantly
article quote, 2012
Established in 2011, Moon Under Water is a blog that analyses the overlap
between art, design and technology. Each post leads on from the last,
working like a conversation that constantly moves forward onto another
The blog was shortlisted for the Best Arts & Culture blog at the
Blog Awards Ireland 2012, and was also awarded Wordpress'
prodigious "Freshly Pressed" award for the 2012 blog post
"Once Upon A Click - Hypertext and New Ways of Reading".
An article was written about my writing by Wordpress's team -
Read online here.
Links give internet users agency over what they are reading. Rather than turning pages sequentially, users are allowed to explore freely at their own will and their own pace. So the experience of reading online is thus a vastly different experience to its analogue counterpart.
Quote from article, Once upon a Click
One month residency based on the idea of networks, linking theories about the "Wood Wide Web" to the public sphere and digital networks. In collaboration with Kielderhead Wildwood Project, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, UK.
Project documentation (first post).
Funded by Visual Arts in Rural Communities through the programme ENTWINED. Rural. Land. Lives. Art. and The Arts Council of Ireland
Four-month residency creating digital art for exhibition at Digital Arts Studios.
Funded by Visual Artists Ireland as winner of the 2016 VAI @ DAS Studio Award
One-month residency creating ephemeral paintings at international residency in Vermont.
Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland through the Travel and Training Award
Three-month residency creating paintings and installations at the edge of the arctic circle in Skagastrond, Iceland
Funded by Sligo Arts Office
presenting to an audience of municipal authorities and emergency managers in San Dona di Piave, Italy, January 2018
Coordinated by artist and community organiser Bernadette Hopkins, curator Valeria Ceregini and artists Beata Daly and Shane Finan collaborated on a discussion about art and the Anthropocene as part of the events for the Over Nature touring exhibition. The event took place at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal.
Artist talk speaking about the artist's work and involvement in the Over Nature touring exhibition.
Artist panel discussion as part of The Library Project's TSONDOKU series of talks, speaking about the Over Nature touring exhibition.
Delivered a talk on the artwork The Repeated Refrains of Nature following talks by museum curator Dr. Martyn Linnie and poet/physicist Iggy McGovern.
Documentation of artwork
Presented social media analysis software to teams at FEMA, and to regional offices in Colorado, USA.
Presented commercial research to municipal authorities and civil protection teams in San Dona di Piave, Northern Italy
Delivered talk about upcoming exhibition and artistic practice as part of a residency at Digital Arts Studios.
Resident artist link
Led workshop presentations by collaborators on Project Slándáil at the I4CM conference 2016. Presented a paper on communication.
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Presented research on trust and community resilience at joint final conference of two major EU-funded projects.
Delivered a talk on artist-led spaces and the connection between these spaces at The Worker's Café
exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.
Invited expert panelist on artist led spaces. The show's topic was "reclaiming disused spaces", focussing on
the artist-led initiative Granby Park.
Won first prize for a three-minute talk on academic research, awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies,
Trinity College Dublin.
Delivered a talk on my artistic practice to an audience of artists, writers, and guests at Vermont Studio Center, 2012
Documentation of painting series
Delivered a talk on contemporary painting to a mixed audience at Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland.