PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

I'm delighted to announce that this week I was conferred with a PhD by Practice in Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design at a ceremony at University College Dublin. There are so, so many people to thank and I'm delighted to start to share some of my practice and research, FINALLY!…Read more PhD by Practice – The Ecological Turn: Living Well with forests to explain eco-social art practices

Albatross the film – translating grief through art inspires global #beatplasticpollution movement

Some of the key images that have caught our hearts have been the result of some tireless individuals, who with artistic skills have been translating the throw-away-and-forget horror of our modern way of life. I'm sharing news that in a few days, a lead artist against pollution, photographer Chris Jordan, whose images early on impressed initial horror and grief on the state of our oceans, is releasing his feature length film Albatross free to the world on World Ocean's Day June 8, 2018.

the key role of eco-social art practices to envision life-sustaining futures

The bodily exertions endured by Robinson during his researches and observations are, once more, indexical of a decelerated ecological vision - a mode of discovery and living that privileges immersion and depth in its relationship with the living landscape's storehouse of natural and cultural imprints. Eoin Flannery, 2016, 'Essayist of Place: Postcolonialism and Ecology', p.223.…Read more the key role of eco-social art practices to envision life-sustaining futures

Understanding a place “without shortcuts”: exploring the Tim Robinson archive 

On such occasions the basic act of attention that creates a place out of a location would be renewed, enhanced by whatever systems of understanding we can muster, from the mathematical to the mythological, by the passion of poetry, or by simple enjoyment of the play of light on it. Here is a gateway to…Read more Understanding a place “without shortcuts”: exploring the Tim Robinson archive 

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

"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…Read more Open Access: why I share my forest-art-land-politics phd online

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

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

Ecopornography, slow violence and the deep, slow art of place

Please note: a revised and extended new version of this article will be published in the EarthLines March 2014 magazine .   "Nature photographs have become something of a problem', Joy Williams, quoted by Bart Welling in Ecoporn: on the limits of visualising the nonhuman, 2009. "The representational challenges are acute, requiring creative ways of…Read more Ecopornography, slow violence and the deep, slow art of place