Revolution 1

The revolutions are a series of short animated 360 degree revolutions of arrangements made within Sketchup. I began using Sketchup not just as a tool to help me create artworks in the real world but also as a site for artworks to exist exclusively within.

The contextless space of the 3D modelling program provides a unique spatial disorientation that challenges our basic natural reaction to establish relationships and meaning from what we are seeing spatially.

When I first began using sketchup there was a default set of 2D people and objects which I used for these initial revolutions. These ‘default’ samples that are intended to populate architectural models to provide references to scale and use and to lend a feeling of being lived in to a virtual architectural often seem disjointed and out of place within the scene.

Within this first revolution I wanted to focus solely on these ‘readymade’ characters and to attempt to create from the contextlessness an unnerving set of possible meanings.

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In July I will be taking part in a speedshow curated by Nora O’Murchú in association with the openhere festival addressing the issue of digital commons. The festival should be an interesting mix of events, talks and workshops and I am looking forward to being involved in the speedshow.

The Internet is funny
A speedshow curated by Nora O Murchú
for the openhere festival, a four day festival that addresses social, technological and cultural issues surrounding the notion of the digital commons.

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We’re no strangers to love
You know the format and so do I
A web commitment’s what I’m thinking of
You wouldn’t get this from any other user
I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna gif you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and jpeg you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We’ve known each other for so long
Your heart’s been glitchin but
You’re too shy to say it
Inside we both know what’s been going on
We know the format and we’re gonna make it
And if you ask me how I’m feeling
Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

Never gonna gif you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and jpeg you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

laurel schwulst
sabrina ratté
paula roush
leah beeferman
agathe de trémontels
brandon blommaert
max capacity
tara sinn
daniel leyva
ivan twohig
jessica Kelly
benjamin gaulon
+ more tbc

The SPEED SHOW exhibition format: Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted.

On the Inbetween

Project: On the In Between
Year: 2010
Collaborators: Alison Carey, Ivan Twohig
Exhibition: On the Inbetween, Entreé, Bergen, Norway

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On the In between was a collaboration between myself and Alison Carey. Having been invited to exhibit at Entreé gallery in Bergen Norway we decided to play with the problem of transporting work to Norway. We received a grant from Culture Ireland that specifically allowed for the transport of work, flights and accommodation. The grant did not allow for the creation of work only the transportation of the work and so we made the work be the transportation of itself.

The resulting work focused on the maximum baggage allowance dimensions allowed by the airline. The width multiplied by the height multiplied by the depth of each item could not exceed 150cm.  We created a series of 4 crates. Each crate was different in shape yet the specific dimensions of each resulted in their width,height and depth equalling 150cm. Inside each crate was a block of styrofoam packaging. Each block of styrofoam was sliced using a hot-wire to divide the block into sections. The artworks were defined by the manner in which each crate was positioned, panels removed and placed on the floor of the gallery.

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BYOB Dublin

The other day I went along to the BYOB Dublin hosted by the IMOCA ( Irish Museum of Contemporary Art ). Although I had a fancy HD projector sitting in my studio at the time, it was not actually mine to take along to the show so I decided to make a beamer from some bits and pieces lying on the “random stuff” shelves in my studio. I made an analogue projector from some pieces of wood, a 12 volt car headlight, and some adjustable legs that were from an old table tennis set. Once I had the actual projection box made I drilled a grid of holes in the top and placed the projector on the ground and left a glue gun beside it. People could pick up the glue gun and melt the glue into the grid of 48 holes. This created a warm shadow play on the wall. To check out all the other amazing byob projects that were on show and to find out more about the BYOB exhibition format created by Rafaël Rozendaal check out

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Sunday, February 27, 2010, 6-10 PM
Organized by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art,
Hosted by Moxie Studio, Lad lane, Dublin.

BYOB DUBLIN is organized by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art and will be hosted by Moxie Studios, on February 27, from 6pm to 10pm. IMOCA invites artists and designers to present their work at BYOB DUBLIN: the event is open to anyone, so Bring Your Own Beamer [projector] and join the show.

BYOB is a series of one-night-exhibitions curated by different people around the world. The idea is simple: Find a place, invite many artists, ask them to bring their projectors. It is an exploration of the medium of projection. BYOB is an idea by Rafaël Rozendaal. More on:

Pecha Kucha Dublin #4

In February of 2010 I spoke at the Dublin Pecha Kucha #4, organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation and hosted by the Sugar Club. I spoke a bit artist initiatives and how we as artists might be seeing the economic downturn as an opportunity rather than a catastrophy. In the last few years Dublin’s art scene has exploded to become a thriving and vibrant space of creative activity. Alot of this activity has emerged from lower rent in the city and the willingness (read as ‘necessity’) of many property agencies to engage with cultural and creative groups to keep their spaces in use.

Pecha Kucha Night #4 (in aid of Haiti): 4 February 2010
Brian Ward, Lecturer in Architecture, DIT / Detail, Graphic Designers / Elizabeth Hatz, Architect and Curator of ev+a / Gemma Tipton, Writer on Art and Architecture / Hugh Campbell, Professor of Architecture, UCD / Ivan Twohig, Artist / Keith Walsh, Lord of t-shirts / New Graphic, Graphic Designers / Steve Simpson, Illustrator