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I make art.

Sometimes I write.

My work is about , including technology systems and complex more-than-human relationships.

I create interactive art installations using wood, paint, drawings, light, electronics, code, sensors, film & sound.

I always collaborate, including with animals, fungi, humans, trees, mould & birds.

I try to make my work accessible and with low environmental impact (please tell me if I fail).

My body is in Ireland.

I'm hopeful.

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After a year of postponements and sticking to a 5km radius from my home, I will finally be travelling to work at Kielderhead Wildwood Project, Northumberland UK, to collaborate with with foresters, fungi, ecologists, mycologists, electronics, computers, trees and artists on a project about complex networks.

So far, this project has resulted in ten blog posts, one book chapter, five short videos, and an interactive installation. And there will be more.

Project info: varc.org.uk/entwined/artists/s

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I realised recently that the different publications, video and research from my 'wood wide web' project were a little scattered all over the internet, so I've created an archive page where to link everything together, to find everything a littler more easily:

shanefinan.org/visual_art_page

(reposted because of a typo on the link!)

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i've tagged out 600+ open source, experimental and tiny tools by their qualities and built a new website for sorting through them!

these are all tools towards joyful digital creation, with the goal of enabling working entirely outside of proprietary systems- moving instead from one hand-made software to another.

(the list takes submissions if it is missing yours >:))

tinytools.directory

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"Patents are a rich archive of inventions, most of which fail. Patent offices are archives of failure, of disillusion."

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First in a new series of web art pieces about trees in tubes:

shanefinan.org/visual_art_page

What would it be like to start your life without wind?

How could you explain it to your kin?

How does it affect your relationship with other species: the insects, mammals, and fungi?

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All images have individual descriptions (I hope they're good enough)

Part of a project with Kielderhead Rewilding Project, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Kielder

Feminist Principles of the Internet - Version 2.0 | Association for Progressive Communications
apc.org/en/pubs/feminist-princ

(via Caroline Sinders' excellent essay in The Critical Makers Reader published by the Institute of Network Cultures)

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Views through tubes.

In its early stage, a planting project in an area with lots of foraging animals means the young trees need some human intervention to get a healthy start. This becomes the aesthetic of a new forest.

The next generation of trees will not know how to explain these tube years to their children.

Taken at Kielderhead Reilsing Project, Kielder, UK, as part of the 'Wood Wide Web' art project.

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epub / ebook reader 

Building up a new reading list so I'm sorting through paperback purchases, epubs and PDFs that I'll slowly acquire: the non proprietary ebook reader question comes up again.

Has anybody had any success with devices such as BQ cervantes (supposed to run on published software?) or The Open Book (github.com/joeycastillo/the-op)? Are there others out there that I'm unaware of? Ideally, I'd like to manage my lib with Calibre, ok with it being a bit more manual. E-ink is a must.

Ideas / thoughts ? Thanks!

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@dogstar this answer from Andrei Tarkovsky made me instantly think of you for some reason.

Growth needs a helping hand in the land of humans, deer and goats.

Neighbouring trees in tubes grow at different rates.

"I eat Kleenex for breakfast, and I use soft hygienic Weetabix to dry my tears."

Polly Styrene (X-Ray Spex), "My mind is like a plastic bag", 1977

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Let's make a colour together! <3

#RGB

Never Just a Tree

Six videos in and I'm pretty proud of how tidy this is looking on the partner vimeo page. Planning four more at least.

All videos have English subtitles.

vimeo.com/channels/shanefinanv

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"Published in the midst of climate catastrophe, and on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, this project acknowledges that we cannot separate slavery and settler colonialism from their contemporary consequences.

So, I envision the commons as a social process where people share resources, decide how to govern themselves and those resources, and exist in common with the land and other-than human beings."
atm-magazine.com/online/plotti

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Tomorrow I travel to Kielderhead Wildwood Project, UK, to begin a month-long residency about networks, linking mycorrhizal ( ) networks in forests to community networks and technological networks.

In advance, I have published the sixth in a series of videos and text pieces for this project. This one is about the importance of place in social connections.

Video: tube.tchncs.de/videos/watch/c9

Article: varc.org.uk/shane-finan-necess

Full series (via the residency at VARC): vimeo.com/channels/shanefinanv

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My department (Glasgow Computing Science) is hiring a lot of new people:

- Responsible AI (x4)
- Socially Intelligent Tech
- Machine Learning
- Healthcare Tech (x3)
- Low Carbon Computing (x3)
- Software Eng
- Cyber Security (x1 Prof.)

I am leading the Low Carbon and Sustainable Computing theme.

📅 Deadline 26 April.

gla.ac.uk/schools/computing/wo

boosts appreciated!

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(process detail) Hare Christmas Maharishi, ink and graphite on paper. I started this piece during my 3 month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. I would encourage you to apply. #mastoart #BemisCenterForContemporaryArts #BemisCenter #Artinstagr.am/p/CM71kuuMSUX/

Any recommendations for Android on-screen keyboards that have good language capabilities (particularly interested in any that might have Irish/Gaeilge)?

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