Open Access: why I share my forest-art-land-politics phd online

RIA digital humanities

Image I tweeted from the Digital Repository of Ireland public talk on ‘Open Access to Humanities Data, 7 May 2013, at the Royal Irish Academy

One of the cultural revolutions we’re living through is a change in the relationship between the way knowledge is gathered and the way it is communicated. There was an old model of scholarship: experts did painstaking research. When they discovered something they shared it with their colleagues and, to a greater or lesser extent, with the public. The tools and methods they used were kept away from the the view of that public; only the results of the process were shared. One of the better consequences of digital technology is the challenge to this basic order. The process of gathering knowledge is no longer separate from that of sharing it. And the tools and methods of research are becoming public property…

This is a new kind of knowledge. It is not a product but a process.

It consists not of conclusions but of an open-ended invitation to explore.
Fintan O’Toole, Arts & Books – Culture Shock, Irish Times, Saturday, May 11, 2013, p.8 Continue reading

art-ecology-politics-land: special Third Text 2013 journal issue

Hollywood forest: 11 March , 2013

Some of the Hollywood forest community – Sitka spruce, Willow, Birch, Alder and Aspen: 11 March , 2013

A part of my work since 2009 has been involved in bringing the new type of permanent forestry management I employ on my small 2.5 acre conifer site into the Irish political sphere.

In contemporary art-ecology projects, political dimensions are often encountered, particularly when you begin to critically examine the socio-political effects that may be affecting the environment you are studying/representing. A special journal issue examines recent thinking and practices in art-ecology-politics-land projects and I detail briefly my own political work in regards to my forest work here.

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‘Lets be clear -The Anthropocene is the ‘age of the sociopath’

“All of this is crucial, because perpetrators of atrocity so often attempt to convince themselves and everyone else that what they’re doing is natural or right. The word “Anthropocene” attempts to naturalize the murder of the planet by pretending the problem is “man,” and not a specific type of man connected to this particular culture.

The name also manifests the supreme narcissism that has characterized this culture from the beginning. “

Derrick Jensen, 2013. Earth Island Journal

This is a follow on post regarding my interest in the developing geological/cultural term ‘The Anthropocene’. It’s my way of keeping up-to-date with the key people in the humanities and sciences who are meeting to talk about the devastating ecological affects developing across the earth (biosphere), that have exponentially accelerated since the industrial revolution. Understanding the grave ecological realities we are facing is the key premise to my own studies in thinking about/practising deep sustainability (I’ve also this week just been asked to co-author a research paper, particularly contributing a visual culture perspective on the new holistic piechart of the planetary tipping points that was accepted at the UN Rio summit last year, Continue reading