Data Narratives my new augmented reality work was launched at the Building City Dashboards at Maynooth University. The work is a cross browser AR experience that makes visible Dublin city data, telling the stories of the city through its data. Working with Dublin Dashboard data this app is an evolving journey that explores our housing crisis through urban data. Combining expert testimony and city data we invite the user to explore the housing crisis through engaging with a curated data set that overlays the space of the city with contextual information and commentary that raise key questions as to the nature of the crisis, its origins and solutions.
I am very happy to have contributed a video to Visibility Matrix an exhibition by Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery June-August 2018 touring to Toulouse and Derry.
I am pleased to announce the launch of a special edition of the journal Visual Resources on Art in the Age of Financial Crisis that I co-edited with Marisa Lerer of Manhattan College, New York. The edition, which originated in a panel for the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York City, addresses the long financial crisis of 2008 and the nature and diversity of artistic responses to it. This financial crisis is understood as a globalized result of late capitalism that nonetheless is experienced differently at local, regional, and national levels. It is multi-faceted in nature, a phenomenon that has historical roots and precedents that inform contemporary responses. Artists are not restricted to engage with the economy through one specific vehicle of inquiry or one type of medium and message. Therefore, the central question that this issue poses is: what is the artist’s role in finance, crisis, and the economy? Should artists: fix the economy; explain it; attempt to alter it; reject it; participate in it; or none of the above? The articles, artists’ projects and interviews presented here attend to these questions through a wide-ranging lens including: studies of historical precedents such as the Great Depression of 1929 and currency crises in Latin America in the 1970s; artistic direct interventions within financial systems that reveal and challenge their opaque processes and value systems; alternative currencies highlighting the neo-colonialism of global financial markets; and blockchain-based rethinking of art market ownership models. These multi-faceted projects spanning different time periods and geographies offer crucial and distinct theoretical positions. This issue, which saw its origins in a panel for the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York City, adds to scholarship on these pressing topics and seeks to foster a continued discourse on the intersections of art and financial crisis.
The edition includes articles by Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah; Amy Whitaker, NYU Steinhardt School; Jennifer Gradecki, Northeastern University; Derek Curry, Northeastern University; Jillian Russo, curator at the Art Students League of New York; and El Putnam of the Dublin School of Creative Arts. The edition includes Art Projects by LigoranoReese and Kennedy Browne (Sarah Browne and Gareth Kennedy) as well as interviews with the artists Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Miguel Luciano, Fran Ilich and Gabriela Ceja, and Paolo Cirio.
I am pleased to announce the launch of a new work #Riseandgrind commissioned for Hustle at the Science gallery Lab Detroit. The work trains a neural network on tweets from the hashtags #Riseandgrind and #Hustle to generate tweets reflecting the spirit of the hustle & grind of 24/7 platform capitalism. The installation incorporates a custom neon piece and a real-time visualisation of the AI training process.
I am pleased to announce the launch of a new augmented reality work Data Narratives commissioned for Dublin Dashboard's Building City Dashboards initative at Maynooth University. The work is a cross browser AR experience that makes visible Dublin city data, telling the stories of the city through its data. Working with Dublin Dashboard data this app is an evolving journey that explores our housing crisis through urban data. Combining expert testimony and city data we invite the user to explore the housing crisis through engaging with a curated data set that overlays the space of the city with contextual information and commentary that raise key questions as to the nature of the crisis, its origins and solutions.
Click here for more information and downloads. The app is currently in beta release and will be shortly in the Appstore and Play Store.
I am pleased to have a paper published in Acoustic Space Journal, Volume 16 Renewable Futures.
The paper, Walking Code, describes an early stage research project that seeks to apply Situationist concepts of psychogeography to urban walking as artistic and activist practice. The project seeks to ultimately create a syntax that can be used to describe and codify the subjective spatial practice of walking in the city. This process is a conceptual and discursive exercise to generate new knowledge about urban space as embodied data space that seeks to create a practical open framework that can be deployed to algorithmically generate walking experiences tailored toward specific desires and activities.
The paper had its origins in the Renewable Futures Conference in RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga, Latvia in 2015.
I gave a paper on Detourning Data at the Economia Festival, a festival on economy without the economists, in NatLab Eindhoven. The festival took place from 28-30 April 2017 in Natlab, the former Philips research lab in Eindhoven.
I have a chapter in Augmented Reality: Innovative Perspectives across Art, Industry, and Academia a new book edited by Sean Morey and John Tinnell and published by Parlor Press.
The chapter discusses four of my augmented reality works, NAMAland (2010-2012), Walking Stories (2011), Vineland (2013), andWhere's Franco (2011).)
I co-chaired a panel on "Art in the Age of Financial Crisis" with Marisa Lerer of Manhattan College for the College Arts Association annual conference in New York City on February 15.
Art in the Age of Financial Crisis The release of the Panama Papers revelation is just one in many that highlight the link between art and ethically (if not legally) corrupt financial markets. The relationship between financial speculators and emerging artists is another example of the complicated and compromised control that finance holds on the art market. In addition, historically and recently artist activists have been calling attention to and transforming the relationship of corporate patronage within art institutions. This session aims to explore patronage, collaboration, and alternative systems in art and finance. This panel examines specific aspects of the financial crisis and projects that critique existing models and present alternatives to financial infrastructures and calls for divestment. Can there be a system of ethics surrounding art's role within the exchanges of capital? How have artists working in public art in the expanded field translated, shifted and reframed financial structures? What is the arts and art institutions' role in visualizing the complex networks of successive financial crises and presenting alternatives that may rebuild systems of trusts between the public and global financial markets?
The panel saw papers by:
Artist as Owner not Guarantor: Amy Whitaker, New York University
Normalizing Deviance and the Construction of THE MARKET:Mark Curran, Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Currency, Art, and Economic Crisis: Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah
Artistic Interventions in Finance: Derek Curry, State University of New York Buffalo; Jennifer Gradecki, Michigan State University
I was honoured to give the Fine Art Faculty lecture in NCAD on Thursday January 26. My Talk, "Walking in the Data-City" asked whether we can reinterpret the avant-garde practice of psychogeography in the contemporary city where every action is described and recorded as data, and if so, what is at stake in such reinterpretations.
The talk was followed by a workshop on mapping and data with Fine Art students.
I was very happy to be invited as a participant in the Impact 16 Transdisciplinary symposium at Pact Zollverein. The symposium was led by three interdisciplinary collectives, HOOD, RYBN.ORG und FORMATIONS, whose diversified forms of cooperation and flexible working practices transcend disciplinary boundaries.
The event asked how and where do alternative realities come about both in and between different fields of knowledge? How can we productively uncover contradictory >rift zones< in today’s world? What kind of frameworks for action can we cultivate? Informed by multiple perspectives and practices in the arts, politics, technology, sociology, economics and science, the contributing collectives' inquiries and strategies circumvent disciplinary limits and constraints and open up new spaces for thought and action.
The transdisciplinary symposium offered 30 participants from broad backgrounds in the arts and science, time and space for in-depth exchanges and interventions as well as experiments in both practice and thought.
I will be speaking about Data Driven Art for Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene discussion platform in association with National Digital Week (10 to 12 November 2016) and Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen and the West Cork Arts Centre on Saturday 12 November at 12 at The West Cork Arts Centre.
The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced. The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period. The 'Anthropocene' encompasses questions about the relationship between ecology, technology and sustainable human futures. Four speakers, looking at three themes, Data Driven Art (digital artist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Conor McGarrigle); Contributive Economies and the Digital (Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean of Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media), and Education, Access and Second Life (Dr. Glenn Loughran, Programme Chair of the BA Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island and John O'Connor, Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, DIT).
The discussion panel is part of the program for Et si on s'était trompé / What If We Got It Wrong? A Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, touring exhibition
I will be exhibiting a 3 channel version of 24 hour Social at the Computer Art Congress (CAC.5) 26-28 October at MSH Paris Nord
I will also be giving a paper on preserving born digital art at the conference on Thursday 27th
I'm co-chairing a panel for CAA 2017 which takes place in New York City, February 15-18, 2017. The call for porposals is below, deadline is August 30th.
Art in the Age of Financial Crisis
Chair(s): Marisa Lerer, Manhattan College; Conor McGarrigle, Dublin Institute of Technology
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2016 CAA 2017 (New York, February 15-18, 2017)
I took part in the Oslo Flaneur Festival, June 23-25, with a new walk Directions, a paper on the Flaneur in the Smart City and a Walking West video in the exhibition.
The Flaneur Festival is a three day celebration of the flaneur - the stroller, the explorer, the passionate wanderer, the timeless image of the human on the move, the nomad, the urban explorer, the wanderer, the new pilot of humanity in a world in rapid change. O.F.F. transforms the flaneur's walk into action based urbanism. Together we explore not just the city, but also human wanderlust, nature and culture.
I will be exhibiting 24 Hour Social as part of the Visio Festival Art Program in Helsinki, 1-2 July.
My article Preserving Born Digital Art: Lessons From Artists' Practice on the challenges of preserving born digital art through the lens of a case study of my netart project Spook... was published in the Routledge journal New Review of Information Networking special Issue: Shaping our Legacy: Preserving the Social and Cultural Record
The paper examines the complex nature of developing effective and appropriate strategies for the preservation of born digital art, in particular networked art. These issues are approached from the perspective of artist practitioners as it is suggested that any preservation strategy begins with artists, with the conservation practices that are inculcated into the very act of creation. This article proposes that this necessitates institutional digital art conservation initiatives originating from a pre-existing culture of preservation within digital art communities.
The paper came from one I gave at the Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities conference in Dublin in June.
On Saturday November 7 I'll be leading a psychogeographic walking tour of Dublin city centre and giving a lecture on locative media art as part of the Geographic Turn interdisciplinary research symposium at the Gallery of Photography. The Geographical Turn asks how geographers and artists might learn from their separate exploration of the common themes of space, place, and environment. These are the key themes of Geography. They also resonate with the central political concerns of our time, the geographical dilemmas of modernity. The project, based at NUI Maynooth, is funded by the Irish Research Council as part of its New Foundations: Enhancing Knowledge Exchange, a set of initiatives to encourage knowledge transfer between academic and applied contexts.
More information from https://geographicalturn.wordpress.com/events/
I'll be giving the lunchtime Perpectives Lecture at the Glucksman gallery October 29 as part of the Boolean Expressions exhibition. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Perspectives: Art and Technology Can computers create works of art? How do mathematical ideas guide artistic practice? What kind of technologies are artists using today? And how does our new digital world influence and change human behavior? You can explore these ideas and more in our art and technology focused Perspectives talks. Perspectives is a series of talks exploring themes and ideas from the current exhibitions. Addressing contemporary artistic, curatorial and critical practices, we welcome you to discover and learn about the key issues of contemporary art today.
I gave a lecture on Networks of Art & Technology as part of the Digital Art and Humanities Institute 2015: Networks: collaborations, connection, the future at the Royal Irish Academy October 23.
I gave a paper on Walking Art & Code at the international Renewable Futures conference organised by the RIXC Media Art centre in Riga, Latvia October 7-10.
The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea and North European region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.
I'm very happy to announce that after three years in Denver Colorado working as a professor at the University of Denver I have taken up a new position lecturing in Fine Art in the Dublin School of Creative Arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology's new Grangegorman Campus.
I gave a paper on walking art, psychogeography and code for DRHA 2015 at DCU Dublin Sept 2nd.
I will be giving a talk on practice based research for the First GradCAM Research Pavilion: Experimentality June 28th in Venice.
The first Research Pavilion is organized by University of the Arts Helsinki, in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network), Valand Academy of the Arts (Gothenburg University), MaHKU Fine Art (HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Universita Iuav di Venezia, JAR (Journal for Artistic Research), GradCAM (Dublin), and Frame Visual Art Finland.
I gave a paper on the Preservation of born digital art at Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in Dublin
The DPASSH conference is a response to the ever increasing problem of digital preservation within the arts and social science subject domain. It seeks to address the complexities of long-term digital preservation in the social and cultural realms and provide a platform for early career researchers, academics, scholars, cultural heritage and research institutions as well as libraries, archives and industry to engage and discuss the problem domain and exchange ideas on the solution.
I am exhibiting in Redline's Playgrounds exhibition from June 13th to August 16th. For the exhibition I will be exhibiting the commissioned satellite photograph from Walking West as a large scale print measuring 100' x 5'. The image documents my Walking West performance and encompasses the entire length of Colfax Avenue, the exhibition also includes a video of the entire performance.
My chapter on Locative Media as Remix has been published in the "Routledge Companion to Remix Studies" edited by Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and xtine burrough.
The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies. As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media. The act of recombining pre-existing material brings up pressing questions of authenticity, reception, authorship, copyright, and the techno-politics of media activism. This book approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics, and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects. The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is a valuable resource for both researchers and remix practitioners, as well as a teaching tool for instructors using remix practices in the classroom.
I am very honoured to the recipient of the 2014 Leonardo Award for Excellence for my article "Augmented Resistance: The Possibilities for AR and Data Driven Art," published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) Vol. 19, No. 1, 2013.
The Leonardo Award for Excellence recognizes excellence in articles published in Leonardo publications. Previous winners include Rudolf Arnheim, Otto Piene, Charles Ames, Frieda Stahl, Donna Cox, Janet Saad-Cook, George Gessert, Alvin Curran, Karen O'Rourke, Eduardo Kac, Hubert Duprat with Christian Besson, José Carlos Casado with Harkaitz Cano, Bill Seaman, Arthur Elsenaar with Remko Scha and Steve Mann.
Leonardo journal and book series editors, staff editors and project heads reviewed all articles published in Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal and Leonardo Electronic Almanac in 2013 to select this year's winner.
I am very pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting in TULCA 2014: Neutral.
TULCA, which is curated by Aisling Prior, takes place in Galway from November 7-23 and features work by 30 Irish and International artists. Participating artists: Mark Wallinger, Bedwyr Williams, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Kay Arne Kirkebø, The Domestic Godless, Mark Garry, Jeanette Doyle, Oisin Byrne, Brendan Earley, Katharine Lamb, Steven Maybury, Saoirse Wall, Fergus Martin, Marielle MacLeman, Jennie Guy, Elaine Leader, Keef Winter, Stephen Gunning, Conor McGarrigle, Anita Groener, Cecilia Danell, The Project Twins, Katie Watchorn, Lucy Andrews, Aileen Conroy, Pádraic E. Moore, Laura Angell, Sophie Loscher, Juliette de la Mer, BRANCH & ITSA Collective, Mobile Art School.
I have a chapter entitled "Augmented Interventions: re-defining urban interventions with AR and open data" in Augmented reality Art: From an Emerging Technology to a Novel Creative Medium edited by Vladimir Geroimenko and published by Springer.
"This is the first ever book on augmented reality art. It is written by a team of world-leading artists, researchers and practitioners, pioneering in the use of augmented reality technology as a novel artistic medium. The book explores a wide range of major aspects of augmented reality art and its enabling technology. It is intended to be a starting point and essential reading not only for artists, researchers and technology developers, but also for students (both graduates and undergraduates) and everyone who is interested in emerging augmented reality technology and its current and future applications in art."
My paper "Locative Histories: exploring the continued influence of early locative media art" was published in Acoustic Space Journal #12 Techno-Ecologies (eds Rasa Smite, Armin Medosch and Raitis Smits). This special issue features a selection of papers from the "Media Art Histories 2013: RENEW, the 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology" in Riga Latvia.
Acoustic Space is available here.
The Prairie Picture Show was an outdoor screening on a large screen of a film documenting my Walking West performance that took place somewhere on the prairie east of Denver on May 31st 2014.
The screening was an invite only guerilla projection with the exact location only notified to attendees shortly before the event.
I gave a paper entitled "The Data of Vine" at Theorizing the Web in Brooklyn NY, April 25 & 26.
24h Social was also included in the conference exhibition.
Channel 9 News: DU Professor Walks Colfax for 26 mile image
>Channel 7 News: DU Professor Painting Line on Colfax Avenue, April 11 2014.
Walking West, my 26 mile psychogeographic walk along Denver's Colfax Avenue (the longest wickedest street in America according to Playboy magazine) was featured on Channel 7 and Channel 9 TV News. I also did a Five Questions interview for Colorado Public Radio and an interview with Denver's Westword magazine on the project.
Live tweets, images and locations from the walk can be found on the Twitter hashtag #WalkingWest
See WalkingWest.us for more information.
Walking West is a durational walking art performance involving walking the entire 26.2 miles of Denver's Colfax Avenue (once dubbed the longest wickedest street in America). All are invited to join me on the walk.
See WalkingWest.us for more information.
Follow the walk and find out current location on the day with #WalkingWest
I will be exhibiting 24h Social a new 24 hour projection piece with the BitTorrent Trilogy in a solo exhibition at Denver's Counterpath Gallery from February 7-21. The exhibition opens at 7pm. Click for More Information.
The exhibition is also previewed by Cory Casciato in Westword.
My paper "Forget the Forget the Flâneur" has been published in the Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney and is available from the University of Sydney eScholarship repository.
I gave a paper "Locative Histories: exploring the continued influence of early Locative Media art" at RENEW 2013, the 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology in Riga as part of the Techno Ecologies panel, October 11th 2013.
My paper "Augmented Resistance: The Possibilities for AR and Data Driven Art" and an interview with me are included in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Not Here Not There, special issue on Augmented Reality
After almost three years WalkSpace was in need of a major updating and was increasingly bug prone with recent IOS updates. The app has been withdrawn and a major update with a new version built from the ground up is under development. If you have WalkSpace it still substantially works on recent versions of IOS but may give intermittent problems.
I gave a paper entitled 'Counter Narratives in a Time of Crisis' which discussed a series of interconnected artistic, academic and activist projects which addressed the Irish financial crisis at the fourth MediaCities Conference at the University at Buffalo New York.
The fourth MediaCity reflects on pluralities and globalities, on MEDIACITIES everywhere What new lines of inquiry and emergent relations between urbanity and digital media are found in non Western cities, in post-Capitalist cities, in cities hosting civic turbulence or crossing international boundaries? What urban-medial relations are taking shape differently in urban milieux that may have been heretofore overlooked? These cities are deserving of more attention than ever before, as sites of population growth, of new cultural and social formations, of new entanglements between urban life and contemporary media, communications and information technologies, and more. MEDIACITIES promises to expand our understanding of both media and the city today, and to articulate new sites of practice and working methods for an expanding field.
I'm pleased to announce that my project WalkSpace:Beirut-Venice is included in the new book 'The Art of Walking: a field guide' edited by David Evans and published by Black Dog.
The Art of Walking: a field guide is the first extensive survey of walking in contemporary art. Combining short texts on the subject with a variety of artists work, The Art of Walking provides a new way of looking at this everyday subject. The introduction relates peripatetic art now to a wide range of historic precedents, and is followed by a series of visually led ‘Walks’ dealing with seven overlapping themes: footprints and lines; writers and philosophers; marches and processions; aliens, dandies and drifters; slapstick; studios, museums and biennales; and dog walkers.
The guide includes newly commissioned art and writing, and many artists have been actively involved in the design of their respective pages. Contributors include Marina Abramović and Ulay, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Francis Alÿs, And While London Burns, Keith Arnatt, Franko B, David Bate, Dara Birnbaum, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Janet Cardiff, Marcus Coates, Jeremy Deller, Tim Edgar, Christian Edwardes, Jan Estep, Simon Faithfull, Alec Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Regina José Galindo, Al Gebra, Mona Hatoum, Akira Kanayama, Oleg Kulik, Peter Liversidge, Long March Project, Richard Long, Melanie Manchot, Conor McGarrigle, Bruce Nauman, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Ingrid Pollard, Simon Pope, Chloé Regan, Sophy Rickett, Fiona Robinson, Matthias Sperling and Siobhan Davies Studios, Susan Stockwell, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Catherine Yass.
David Evans is a writer and picture editor, based in Bournemouth, England. Recent works include Appropriation (The Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2009), László Moholy-Nagy: 60 Fotos (Errata Editions, 2011) and Critical Dictionary (Black Dog Publishing, 2011).
As part of the Athens Slingshot Festival I created and led the Athens Austerity Locative Media walk which led particiapants on a tour of the sites of anti-austerity protests in Athens, Greece to Athens, Georgia led by the WalkSpace walking art iPhone app.
I also spoke on a panel on locative media and its capacity to influence society with Chris Eaket (Chair), Genevieve Hoffman and Brinkley Warren. Hosted by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia.
I've an exhibition opening at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver. Opening reception is on November 1st and the exhibition continues through December 9th.
I'm pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. I'll be moving to Denver on September 1st and am very excited to join the impressive faculty in EDP.
I successfully defended my PhD (without corrections) on August 24th. Many thanks are due to my extern examiner, Dr Richard Coyne, my intern examiner Dr Ronan McCrea and the comittee Chair Dr Mary McNamara for making the Viva such a memorable experience.
It's been an eventful and enjoyable journey over the last four years as part of GradCAM/DIT. I'd like to thank my supervisors Brian O'Neill, James Carswell and Martin McCabe, my family and friends and colleagues for all their advice, support and forebearance.