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.
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 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 friennds and colleagues for all their advice, support and forebearance.
As part of the Open Here festival, I'll be talking on !Exploit: A Hactivist Panel with Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev chaired by Dmytri Kleiner.
Details: Studios 1 & 2 Science Gallery, Dublin, 3pm-4.30pm, Saturday 30th June.
So far it's been featured on The New Aesthetics Tumblr, Andrew Sullivan, Metafilter, Kevin Slavin, kottke.org, flowingdata.com, prostheticknowledge, the Creators Project, NerdCore, shamusyoung.com, tankmagazine, Under Consideration, and Waxy.org, that's a lot of views! Thanks everyone for the support.
I'm exhibiting a new work Somewhere Else as part of the "Joyce in the City: Dubliners" exhibition for "One Book, One City" event.
The work consists of a QR code located on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin which when scanned shows a randomly chosen image from the O'Connell Bridge Series
Madmen: the bittorrent edition will be exhibited as part of the March 2012 program of the Time Lapse exhibition at SITE Santa Fe.
The video will be featured on the SITE website on March 5th 2012.
I'll be exhibiting in Game On / Re-Newing Media Art a touring screening programme of artist's film and video works that utilise the imagery and media of desktop interfaces, video games and online software, curated by Chris Clarke for the Glucksman Gallery.
Artists are: Peggy Ahwesh (US), Paul B. Davis (US), Michael Bell-Smith (US), Cao Fei (CN), Faith Denham (IE), JODI (NL), Oliver Laric (AT), Conor McGarrigle (IE), Takeshi Murata (US)
Friday, 2 March: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Thursday, 8 March: 126, Galway
Thursday, 15 March: Occupy Space, Limerick
Tuesday, 20 March: Garter Lane, Waterford
Thursday, 29 March: The Source Arts Centre, Thurles
Friday, 30 March: Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
I got a mention in Mia Lerm Hayes article on Joyce and art in the Irish Times supplement to celebrate Joyce's 130th birthday. I'll be exhibiting some work in an exhibition on Dubliners curated by Dr Lerm Hayes from April - June in Dublin.
I did an interview with George Lee on NAMAland one year on for 'The Business' on RTE Radio 1. You can listen back on the RTE Player (28th January program, segment starts at 46min.
A video of every photograph (unedited) of art I took during 2011 imported directly into video, durational differences are due to multiple images with a sped up version of the entire video as lead in.
In conversation with Adam Greenfield at the Science Gallery October 18th 2011, questions start at the 30min mark.
I gave a talk for the occupyuniversity at #OccupyDameStreet on plans to crowdsource the locations of NAMA properties on November 24th.
I gave a talk on developing opendata art applications for the Irish Internet Association's OpenData: The Game is On! Seminar for Opendata week, 7th 2011.
Walking Stories is a new public art commission for Unfolding Narratives: Dundrum Open Submission Exhibition 2011 curated by Annette Moloney and Maeve Mulrennan and commissioned by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
Walking Stories is a Soundwalk through Dundrum village guided by a location-aware smartphone app. Walking Stories asks what it is that connects us to the spaces we live and work in and invites us to share in the personal memories that create a place.
The exhibition opens to the public from Friday 4th to Tuesday 22nd November 2011 inclusive.
I'm speaking on a panel Design, Data and Public Space with Adam Greenfield, author of Everyware and Ali Grehan Dublin City Architect at the Science Gallery on Tuesday October 18th.
Admission is free but booking is required through the Science Gallery website.
I'm curating a pop-up talk entitled Living with the Panopticon: Acts of Non-compliance in the Digital World for Dublin Contemporary on Thursday 13th October 2011 @ 7pm.
I will be in conversation with Julianne Pierce from Blast Theory and Victoria Tillotson from iShed with Teresa Dillon from Inventorium at the NDRC and John Buckley of Gradcam as respondents.
Admission is free but RSVP to email@example.com recommended.
I gave a talk on 'Social Media and the Arab Spring' at 'The Arab Spring: A new reality for Art and Culture in the World' conference at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Friday October 7th 2011.
I have a chapter in the Routledge book Net Works : case studies in web art and design edited by Xtine Burroughs which is now out.
The book will be launched Thursday 13th October at Eyebeam New York.
I will be presenting a paper at ISEA 2011 in the Locative Media and Social Data session on Saturday 17th September. The paper "How Locative Media art set the agenda for location-aware apps (and why this still matters)" will discuss the influence of locative media art practice on current location aware mobile apps.
I will be presenting a paper "How Location Aware Art Apps Recode Space" at DRHA2011 Connected Communities conference at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China on September 6th.
I'll be exhibiting in the IRL: In Real LIfe Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art from July 15th - Aug 15th.
The project invites the participant on a drift through Venice guided from Beirut and in Beirut guided from Venice.
The work involves two simultaneous dérives (drifts) through the historic cities of Beirut and Venice, connected in real time to each other and to the world. Two interconnected groups of participants will walk in each city, each receiving instruction and guidance from the other as they wander, get lost and explore the psychogeographical ambience of the city.
Check here for more information.
Watch www.thestateofmind.be for details of dates & times of events as they happen.
Where's Franco is an augmented reality pervasive game which has placed Franco at various locations throughout Venice for the duration of the Biennale of Art.
The app for smart phones will only be available in Venice for the duration of the 54th Biennale of Art 2011, June 1st - Nov 27th.
Check here for more information
NAMArama walking tour of Dublin's NAMAland, led by Conor McGarrigle and guided by the NAMAland app with performances by Joan Healy & Neil Flemming. Saturday 12th February 2011.
In collaboration with Market Studios' NAMArama series of exhibitions and events I led a tour of NAMAland on Saturday 12th February starting from the Market Studios and finishing outside the unfinished Anglo Irish Bank HQ on Dublin's Docklands -NAMA ground zero.
I did an interview with Marian Finucane on RTE Radio 1 beforehand which I’m sure increased the numbers. Thanks to everyone who turned out on Saturday and everyone at Market Studios for their organisation and for managing a larger crowd than expected.
I'm going to be talking about the NAMAland app at the Exchange Dublin on Monday 7th February, 6pm with Prof Rob Kitchin, Director of NIRSA & Ireland After NAMA and we'll be taking a walk through NAMAland guided by the app.
Free and open to all.
Organised by the Provisional University
I did an interview about NAMAland and the Market Studios NAMArama exhibition series for Near FM's Arts and Culture, with hosts Deirdre Morrissey and Stephen Blayds and Conor Casby (of the Biffo painting in the National Gallery fame)
Thursday 27th January 8pm
I'm exhibiting in the Unrealised Potential exhibition which which has moved to VOID in Derry, January 22nd-February 11th. after previous shows in the Cornerhouse Manchester in July and the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Sunderland in November.
I'll be taking part in a public panel discussion on intellectual property and new Internet technologies on Saturday 27th November, 3pm in the Temple Bar Gallery. The lineup is :
Jim Carroll (Music Journalist, The Irish Times)
Keith Donald (Chairman of IMRO, Irish Music Rights Organisation)
Conor McGarrigle (Internet artist)
In the context of Alan Butler's exhibition I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant the panel discussion will focus on the ways in which intellectual property, particularly art and music, is disseminated and distributed today. The aim of this event is to open up debate around copyright for artists and musicians and to discuss whether copyright laws should now change to reflect the new ways in which intellectual property is consumed via the internet.
Saturday 27th November at 3 pm
Free event All Welcome
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios 5-9 Temple Bar Dublin 2
For further information contact Rayne Booth: firstname.lastname@example.org 01 6710073
WalkSpace my alternative art walking app for the iPhone has been mentioned from a few of my favourite sites, it recently featured on Turbulence's essential Networked Performance, on Culture TV, Random Magazine and PublicArt.ie.
The app also made the top 10 list of navigation apps in the appstore.
Grand Social Dublin, 2pm Saturday 30th October.
I'm speaking about NAMAland on a Darklight panel on screen activism (mostly film) with
Rachel Lysaght, producer The Pipe www.thepipethefilm.com
Eamon Crudden, director/ producer Berlusconi's Mousetrap, Wallets of Blood, Route Irish http://vimeo.com/user1319195
Maya Derrington director/ producer Pyjama Girls, Seaview www.stillfilms.org
I'm exhibiting in the Unrealised Potential exhibition which features ideas for unrealised and unrealisable works. The exhibition which features work by Liam Gillick, Richard Wilson and Len Horsey among many others started at the Cornerhouse in Manchester in July and has been getting quite a bit of attention.
The show moves to the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Sunderland on November 5th and then continues on a two year UK tour.
Since it's launch there's been huge interest in the NAMAland augmented reality app on the internet and with mainstream media coverage on the RTE News at Nine (report starts at 21:32), the Irish Times and Culture File on Lyric FM.
Click here for more information.
My augmented reality app NAMAland which lets you see properties in Dublin owned by NAMA, the National Asset Management Agency was released on October 7th 2010.
The app is available as a free download for the iPhone and Android phones.
Click here for more information and download
I presented a paper on my forthcoming iphone app entitled Walking, Art & the iPhone: a case study of the iphone as a platform for walking art at the DRHA 2010 conference at Brunel University London, Sept 5-8 2010.
The paper looked at the iphone as a platform for locative media art, discussed the challenges and opportunities of developing art applications on the iphone and speculated as to why with 250,000 apps in the appstore there are so few art apps available. The paper focused on the experience of developing my own WalkSpace app which will shortly be in the appstore.
My article for the Routledge journal Digital Creativity was (eventually) published, details are: The Construction of Locative Situations; Digital Creativity Journal, Vol 21 Issue 1, 2010.
I presented a plenary paper entitled The Construction of Locative Situations: Locative Media and the Situationist International, Recuperation or Redux?, at the DAC09 conference at the University of California Irvine, December 12-15 2009. The paper explored the relationship between the Situationists and contemporary locative media art practice asking the question whether locative media's invoking of the Situationist is a recuperative co-option or a legitmate appropriation of Situationist techniques in a new context.
I presented a paper entitled Joyce Walks: remapping culture as tactical space at the ISEA 2009 conference which took place in Belfast & Derry from the 23rd August - 1 September on the Positionings: Local and global transactions panel. The paper on Joyce Walks is entitled 'Joyce Walks: remapping culture as tactical Space' and I'll be speaking on the 26th at midday in the Waterfromt Hall.
Positionings: local and global transactions
The theme takes its point of departure the processes through which spaces are being constructed, re-mapped and negotiated in the contemporary situation of global capital, digitisation and migration. Issues of space are highly pertinent in terms of its constitution, perception, appropriation, consumption. These issues cannot be divorced from a scrutiny of the social, political, cultural and medial conditions under which spaces are being produced, trans/formed, and re/presented. Of particular interest are new and convergent models of space and spatial dynamics, and thus of reality construction, whether real, virtual or augmented, and the challenges they pose to the relationship between local(ised) and global(ised) transactions in the cultural domain and the re/formation and re/presentation of identities connected to them.
Click here to read the abstract (PDF)
Space is the Place: Aug 27- Sept 1
Space is the Place is an exhibition I curated of documentation of artistic practices which intervene in public space. The focus is on ephemeral, temporary works which take place out of a gallery setting, living on only in their documentation. The exhbition included 26 artists and artists groups and it's been a great privilege putting together this collection of works most of which I've admired for a long time.
More information and artist list here.
I gave a talk and led a Joyce Walk at the En_lloc. Diàlegs entre art, territori i tecnologia conference in the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca in June.
It's been such a busy summer that I still haven't had a chance to upload the images and videos but will get to it when ISEA is over.
Land Art constituted a particular approach of art to nature and the concept of land, fleeing the white cubic space of galleries and museums. Land art interventions – the remains of which have often been reduced to visual or written documents – re-aroused man’s interest in his surroundings, either to question them or to modify and transform the natural into something artificial. As the world has become more globalized and cities have become contemporary man’s habitat, places have become increasingly uniform, impersonal and functional. Concepts like the Third Landscape (Gilles Clément) or Non-Places (Marc Augé) illustrate the new reality in which land and nature are to be found. The ubiquity that can be achieved with information networks contrasts with the increasingly obsessive capacity to locate our position that GPS systems and associated software facilitate. Thus we live in a perpetual state between here and nowhere, in a hybrid relationship between the need to be everywhere, always on the move, finding the same places wherever we go so as not to lose our sense of direction, and knowing exactly where we are at all times.
Download En_lloc catalogue (PDF 3 MB)