RESEARCH

Talks/Publications

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 online media.

Writing about Shane

Writing by Shane

Blog - Moon Under Water

Residencies

Talks/Presentations

writing


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


writing about shane

    2021
  • interview: Getting Visual Art, The Sligo Champion, August 10th 2021

    Interview with journalist Robbie Brennan exploring work while on residency with Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland

    Read Online

    Because time and geology went into the creation of microchips. These aren’t disconnected things. I don’t see nature as one thing and technology another.

    The Sligo Champion, quoted by Robbie Brennan, Getting Visual Art 2021

  • 2021
  • invited documentation: The Wood Wide Web, Curatorspace UK, May 29th 2021

    Invited monologue about working with the Kielderhead Wildwood Project and exploring more-than-human relationships with trees and fungi.

    Read Online

    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.

    Curatorspace, edited by Louise Atkinson, The Wood Wide Web 2021

  • 2021
  • interview: Exploring the Wood Wide Web, The Journal Northumberland, April 20th 2021

    Publication of interview about ongoing research project

    Shane, who grew up in rural Ireland, trained as a painter but went on to study computer science. He talks as passionately about technology as about trees and fungi and refuses to distinguish between natural and non-natural.

    David Whetstone, Exploring the Wood Wide Web Interview 2021

  • 2019
  • catalogue publication: Over Nature, August 2019

    Publication of work in exhibition catalogue for 'Over Nature'

    Read the preview Online

    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

  • 2017
  • interview: Impermanence and its Lasting Effect, Painting in Text, December 2017

    Interview for online magazine

    Read Online

    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

  • 2016

    critical essay: Shane Finan, ADA, Criticismism, January 2016

    Critical write-up on project 'ADA'.

    Read Online

    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


writing by shane

  • 2021

    Book Chapter: The Power of Inconspicuous Things, ENTWINED, VARC 2021

    A chapter, titled The Power of Inconspicuous Things appears alongside a documentation of work in the new publication by Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC), ENTWINED. The publication includes work from the six resident artists with ENTWINED and is also a celebration of the 21st Anniversary of VARC.

    More information

    In May 2021, four human bodies and twenty young silver birch saplings moved on a hillside near the border between England and Scotland. Each tree was barely a branch, roughly the length of a human forearm, the leaves young and bright green, the roots living in a small plug of soil.

    chapter excerpt, 2021

  • 2021

    Newspaper Article: The Master's Device, Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, May-June 2021

    An article about using free and open source software for artists, piublished in the national news sheet.

    View Online

    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.

    post citation, 2021

  • 2021

    Online Article: Five Things a Gate Can Be, FIELD project blog

    Blog post that about the aesthetic and use of gates, and their relevance.

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    [A gate] can rust and degrade, and become buried in gorse. It can be opened and passed through. It can be locked. It can be climbed over, with one leg dangling on either side, placing the climber halfway between two possible worlds.

    post citation, 2021

  • 2021

    Online Article: Callous Caring: The myth of dichotomy in farming, FIELD project blog

    Blog post that covers the dichotomy I have witnessed in farmers, and how they must navigate the care and callousness needed to live with livestock.

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    Animals have individual personality; they have behaviours and motivations that we can’t always understand; they are sentient, thoughtful and caring. Farmers have always known this, and see it constantly.

    post citation, 2021

  • 2021

    Online Article: The artist who stares at sheep, FIELD project blog

    Blog post about being-with and learning-from sheep while working on the FIELD project, and how they have taught me to see vulnerability.

    View Online

    What eyes do we use to do our looking? We all have preconceptions and assumptions. I went into fields seeking ideas about farmers and disease, and I found vulnerability.

    post citation, 2021

  • 2020

    Book Chapter: We, the Mycorrhizae, Evolving the Forest, published by art dot earth

    Book chapter as academic essay exploring the complexity of art and interconnection

    More information at publisher's website

    With all of our technologies to communicate and demar- cate, we try to distance ourselves from these species, these places, these 'others' that we see as unlike ourselves. And yet, time and again, we fail in this distancing.

    chapter citation, 2020

  • 2020

    Article: A Different Kind of Grief: Learning to Love Our Networks in a Time of Disconnection, Institute of Network Cultures, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, June 12th 2020.

    Article about networks, technology, grief and place-making, and how these seemingly disparate things are interconnected.

    View Online

    To build a network is to build a future. The idea of grievability, of grief in the future tense, requires enough imagination to see beyond today and to create a place that has value enough to be grieved.

    post citation, 2020

  • 2020-21

    Online Series: The Wood Wide Web, Visual Arts in Rural Communities

    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: The Wood Wide Web (March 2020)

    Read Post #2: Pandemic and Communication (April 2020)

    Read Post #3: Staying Together Apart (April 2020)

    Read Post #4: Monoculture Monoliths (June 2020)

    Read Post #5: Independent Interdependence (September 2020)

    Read Post #6: Repairing The Chain (March 2021)

    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 citations, 2020

  • 2020

    Online Article: Soil, Fungi and Chthonic Communication, Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy blog

    Blog post about communication and the importance of soil, published by Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy.

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    The idea of place is tied to the structure of soil – the demarcation of one place from another not by borders but by identity is how people perceive ‘place’.

    post citation, 2020

  • 2020

    Online Article: Planting, Stewardship and Value, Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy blog

    Blog post about research on networks and trees and how they link to art and value.

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    Every tree is better alive than dead…and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

    Henry David Thoreau Walden, 2020

  • 2020

    Online Article: Complexity, Contradiction and the Symbiocene, Newcastle University PGR Sociology

    Blog post about complexity, and how we understand or untangle it.

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    Any dynamic idea is complex, and art is great at untangling complex ideas.

    post citation, 2020

  • 2020

    Online Article: The City, The Country and Resources, Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy blog

    Blog post about research on art, networks and infrastructures, published by Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy.

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    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.

    post citation, 2020

  • 2018

    book chapter: Social Computing and the Law, Cambridge University Press, August 2018

    Chapter contribution and editing credits for book about GDPR and the legal use of social computing.

    View Online

    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

  • 2018

    artwork documentation: faigh ar ais as an fharraige, Interartive Issue #99, July 2018

    Article documenting research used for the artwork faigh ar ais as an fharraige (2018).

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    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

  • 2018

    academic article: How Sentimental Are We About Brexit?, RTÉ Brainstorm, April 2018

    Contributing author to article on political and social effects of news on economics.

    Read Online

    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

  • 2016

    artwork documentation: Mugwort, Wormwood, and how little we know about the end of the world, Interartive Issue #84, May 2016

    Article documenting research used for the artwork Mugwort, Wormwood, and how little we know about the end of the world (2016).

    Read Online

    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

  • 2015

    conference publication: Trust Building Through Social Media Communications in Disaster Management, SWDM15 at WWW Conference, Florence, 2015

    Academic article on trust in communication using social media.

    Read Online

    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

  • 2015

    journal publication: Transient Places: The Public Benefits of Short-Term Artist-Led Spaces, Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, 2015

    Academic article on artist-led spaces.

    Read online

    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.

    article conclusions, 2015

  • 2013

    journal publication: Rebuilding The Public Sphere: Community and Communication in Trinity College in the 21st Century, Journal of Postgraduate Research, Trinity College Dublin 2013

    Academic article on the use of public spaces in an age of digital media.

    Read online

    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

  • 2013

    postgraduate thesis: This Must Be The Place: The importance of Place in Portable Digital Media, Trinity College Dublin MSc in Interactive Digital Media, 2013

    Thesis about pervasive digital media and its effects on culture

    Read online

    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

  • 2012

    newspaper article: The Artist-led Scene in Sligo, Visual Artists Ireland News-sheet, 2012

    Article about artist-led spaces in Sligo, Ireland

    Read online

    ...the post-recession landscape altered the Sligo art scene significantly

    article quote, 2012


blog

  • 2011-15

    blog: Moon Under Water

    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 topic.

    The blog was shortlisted for the Best Arts & Culture blog at the 2012 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".

    Read online

    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


residencies

  • 2021

    exhibition residency: Detached Touch, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland

    Two month residency and a solo exhibition making new work about the technological landscape and more-than-human entanglements.

    Funded by Leitrim Sculpture Centre and supported by Wicklow Arts Office

  • 2020-21

    residency: FIELD, University of Lincoln (funded by Wellcome Trust)

    Six-month residency investigating endemic disease in livestock, with collaboration from farmers (Northumberland, Scotland, Ireland), sheep, epidemiologists (University of Edinburgh), historians (University of Lincoln, Leeds Trinity University), social scientists (Newcastle University) and economists (University of Glasgow).

    Project documentation.

    Funded by FIELD (Wellcome Trust)

  • 2020-21

    residency: ENTWINED. Rural. Land. Lives. Art., Visual Arts in Rural Communities, Kielder, Originally planned for April 2020, took place in April 2021 with online collaboration in the duration between (postponed due to COVID-19)

    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 outline.

    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

  • 2016-17

    residency: Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, October 2016-January 2017

    Four-month residency creating digital art for exhibition at Digital Arts Studios.

    Project documentation.

    Funded by Visual Artists Ireland as winner of the 2016 VAI @ DAS Studio Award

  • 2012

    residency: Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA, April 2012

    One-month residency creating ephemeral paintings at international residency in Vermont.

    Project documentation.

    Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland through the Travel and Training Award

  • 2011

    residency: Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland, April-June 2011

    Three-month residency creating paintings and installations at the edge of the arctic circle in Skagastrond, Iceland

    Artist list.

    Project documentation.

    Funded by Sligo Arts Office

speaking


presenting to an audience of municipal authorities and emergency managers in San Dona di Piave, Italy, January 2018


talks/presentations

  • 2021

    Conference Presentation, Lynne Boddy & Shane Finan: ART SCIENCE FUNGI NETWORKS, Online Assemblage, Asynchronous Conference by Newcastle University Institute of Creative Arts Practice and VARC

    A still from a video call with Shane Finan and Lynne Boddy speaking to one another, and the overlaid text stating Lynne and Shane on Fungi and Networks

    A 25-minute conversation with Professor Lynne Boddy, Professor of Fungal Ecology at Cardiff University UK.

    More information at this link

  • 2021

    Poster Provocation, Beastly Landscapes, Newcastle University

    A still photograph from a film with a sheep kneeling inside a triangular shape, and the word EMBODYING written across the screen

    A five-minute invited artistic provocation about sheep, lameness, and being-with nonhuman colleagues presented at Newcastle University.

    More information at this link

  • 2021

    Artist talk, arttalks, University of Lincoln

    An image from the slide deck presented at ArtTalks at the University of Lincoln

    An invited talk online to students and the public with around 70 attendees, for the first in a season of talks organised by the MFA at the University of Lincoln.

    The season of talks are available online

  • 2020

    Conference Presentation (artist talk), #WeTheRural, Newcastle University

    An image from the video presentation by shane finan for we the rural conference

    I was invited to present my artistic practice as a video artwork for the online conference #WeTheRural, run by Newcastle University. I spoke about my artistic practice and introduced one of my recent videos.

    The conference and videos remain available online

  • 2020

    Conference Presentation (artworks), Rediscovering Wildness, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, UK

    The title image for the series of videos never just a tree by shane finan

    The one-day conference Rediscovering Wildness included presentations by scientists, foresters, ecologists and artists about perceptions of wildness in contemporary media. My work was presented with a short introductory talk, followed by three videos as artworks that formed part of the conference proceedings.

    The conference is available to view in full online

  • 2020

    Artist panel discussion, Over Nature, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal, 7th February 2020

    Panel coordinator Bernadette Hopkins on the left speaks to Beata Daly artist, Valeria Ceregini curator and Shane Finan artist about the Over Nature exhibition and the idea of art and the Athropocene at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny

    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.

    Exhibition website

  • 2019

    Artist talk, Over Nature, Rathfarnham Castle, 7th December 2019

    Shane Finan speaking to the audience at Rathfarnham Castle, December 2019

    Artist talk speaking about the artist's work and involvement in the Over Nature touring exhibition.

    Exhibition website

  • 2019

    Artist panel discussion, Over Nature TSONDOKU, The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, 22nd November 2019

    over nature artists at the launch of the exhibition in Rathfarnham Castle, 2019

    Artist panel discussion as part of The Library Project's TSONDOKU series of talks, speaking about the Over Nature touring exhibition.

    Exhibition website

  • 2019

    Artist talk, The Repeated Refrains of Nature Auk Room, Trinity College Dublin, 25th June 2019

    Installation view at the launch of the artwork The Repeated Refrains of Nature

    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

  • 2018

    Commercial presentation, FÍOSÍN FEMA Region VIII Headquarters, Denver, Colorado

    Presentation of Commercial software in Colorado

    Presented social media analysis software to teams at FEMA, and to regional offices in Colorado, USA.

  • 2018

    Commercial presentation, FÍOSÍN Town Hall, San Dona di Piave, Italy, 23rd January 2018

    Audience at commercial talk in northern Italy

    Presented commercial research to municipal authorities and civil protection teams in San Dona di Piave, Northern Italy

    Programme

  • 2016

    Artist talk, apo Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 15th December 2016

    Installation view at the launch of the artwork The Repeated Refrains of Nature

    Delivered talk about upcoming exhibition and artistic practice as part of a residency at Digital Arts Studios.

    Resident artist link

  • 2016

    Workshop: MUININ, ARES Conference, Salzburg, 31st August-2nd September 2016

    image of the Alps near where I4CM conference took place

    Led workshop presentations by collaborators on Project Slándáil at the I4CM conference 2016. Presented a paper on communication.

    View information online

  • 2016

    Research talk: Trust, place and community, Pop-Alert and TACTIC final conference, Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique, Brussels, 15th March 2016

    image on trusted communication

    Presented research on trust and community resilience at joint final conference of two major EU-funded projects.

  • 2013

    public talk: Place, Gentrification, and artist-led Initiatives, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, October 29th 2013

    title page from presentation delivered by shane finan for exhibition the workers cafe

    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.

    View information online

  • 2013

    Radio Panelist: Reclaiming Disused Spaces, The Last Word with Matt Cooper, August 2013

    title image from radio show the last word on today fm

    Invited expert panelist on artist led spaces. The show's topic was "reclaiming disused spaces", focussing on the artist-led initiative Granby Park.

    Listen online

  • 2013

    3-minute academic presentation: Rebuilding The Public Sphere, Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub, June 10th 2013

    shane finan delivering talk at 3ma awards, trinity college dublin

    Won first prize for a three-minute talk on academic research, awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

    View information online

  • 2012

    Artist talk, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA, April 2012

    shane finan at Vermont Studio Center

    Delivered a talk on my artistic practice to an audience of artists, writers, and guests at Vermont Studio Center, 2012

    Documentation of painting series

  • 2011

    Artist talk: Reading Contemporary Painting, Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland, June 2011

    shane finan spoke at Nes Artist Residency

    Delivered a talk on contemporary painting to a mixed audience at Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland.

    Information online