Visual Resources

Visual Resources: Art in the Age of Financial Crisis

I am pleased to announce the launch of a special edition of the journal Visual Resources on Art in the Age of Financial Crisis that I co-edited with Marisa Lerer of Manhattan College, New York. The edition, which originated in a panel for the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York City, addresses the long financial crisis of 2008 and the nature and diversity of artistic responses to it. This financial crisis is understood as a globalized result of late capitalism that nonetheless is experienced differently at local, regional, and national levels. It is multi-faceted in nature, a phenomenon that has historical roots and precedents that inform contemporary responses. Artists are not restricted to engage with the economy through one specific vehicle of inquiry or one type of medium and message. Therefore, the central question that this issue poses is: what is the artist’s role in finance, crisis, and the economy? Should artists: fix the economy; explain it; attempt to alter it; reject it; participate in it; or none of the above? The articles, artists’ projects and interviews presented here attend to these questions through a wide-ranging lens including: studies of historical precedents such as the Great Depression of 1929 and currency crises in Latin America in the 1970s; artistic direct interventions within financial systems that reveal and challenge their opaque processes and value systems; alternative currencies highlighting the neo-colonialism of global financial markets; and blockchain-based rethinking of art market ownership models. These multi-faceted projects spanning different time periods and geographies offer crucial and distinct theoretical positions. This issue, which saw its origins in a panel for the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York City, adds to scholarship on these pressing topics and seeks to foster a continued discourse on the intersections of art and financial crisis.

The edition includes articles by Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah; Amy Whitaker, NYU Steinhardt School; Jennifer Gradecki, Northeastern University; Derek Curry, Northeastern University; Jillian Russo, curator at the Art Students League of New York; and El Putnam of the Dublin School of Creative Arts. The edition includes Art Projects by LigoranoReese and Kennedy Browne (Sarah Browne and Gareth Kennedy) as well as interviews with the artists Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Miguel Luciano, Fran Ilich and Gabriela Ceja, and Paolo Cirio.

Visual Resources Art in the Age of Financial Crisis

New Work #RiseandGrind

#RiseandGrind installation images

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new work #Riseandgrind commissioned for Hustle at the Science gallery Lab Detroit. The work trains a neural network on tweets from the hashtags to generate tweets reflecting the spirit of the 24/7 hustle & grind of platform capitalism. The installation incorporates a custom neon piece and realtime visualisation of the AI training process.

New Work Data Narratives

Data Narratives Image

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new augmented reality work Data Narratives commissioned for Dublin Dashboard's Building City Dashboards initative at Maynooth University. The work is a cross browser AR experience that makes visible Dublin city data, telling the stories of the city through its data. Working with Dublin Dashboard data this app is an evolving journey that explores our housing crisis through urban data. Combining expert testimony and city data we invite the user to explore the housing crisis through engaging with a curated data set that overlays the space of the city with contextual information and commentary that raise key questions as to the nature of the crisis, its origins and solutions.

Click here for more information and downloads. The app is currently in beta release and will be shortly in the Appstore and Play Store.

Acoustic Space: Renewable Futures

Renewable Futures

I am pleased to have a paper published in Acoustic Space Journal, Volume 16 Renewable Futures.

The paper, Walking Code, describes an early stage research project that seeks to apply Situationist concepts of psychogeography to urban walking as artistic and activist practice. The project seeks to ultimately create a syntax that can be used to describe and codify the subjective spatial practice of walking in the city. This process is a conceptual and discursive exercise to generate new knowledge about urban space as embodied data space that seeks to create a practical open framework that can be deployed to algorithmically generate walking experiences tailored toward specific desires and activities.

The paper had its origins in the Renewable Futures Conference in RIXC Center for New Media Culture in Riga, Latvia in 2015.

Economia Festival, Eindhoven

Economia Festival

I gave a paper on Detourning Data at the Economia Festival, a festival on economy without the economists, in NatLab Eindhoven. The festival took place from 28-30 April 2017 in Natlab, the former Philips research lab in Eindhoven.

Augmented Reality book chapter

Augmented Reality

I have a chapter in Augmented Reality: Innovative Perspectives across Art, Industry, and Academia a new book edited by Sean Morey and John Tinnell and published by Parlor Press.

The chapter discusses four of my augmented reality works, NAMAland (2010-2012), Walking Stories (2011), Vineland (2013), andWhere's Franco (2011).)

CAA Art in the Age of Financial Crisis

CAA 2017

I co-chaired a panel on "Art in the Age of Financial Crisis" with Marisa Lerer of Manhattan College for the College Arts Association annual conference in New York City on February 15.

Art in the Age of Financial Crisis The release of the Panama Papers revelation is just one in many that highlight the link between art and ethically (if not legally) corrupt financial markets. The relationship between financial speculators and emerging artists is another example of the complicated and compromised control that finance holds on the art market. In addition, historically and recently artist activists have been calling attention to and transforming the relationship of corporate patronage within art institutions. This session aims to explore patronage, collaboration, and alternative systems in art and finance. This panel examines specific aspects of the financial crisis and projects that critique existing models and present alternatives to financial infrastructures and calls for divestment. Can there be a system of ethics surrounding art's role within the exchanges of capital? How have artists working in public art in the expanded field translated, shifted and reframed financial structures? What is the arts and art institutions' role in visualizing the complex networks of successive financial crises and presenting alternatives that may rebuild systems of trusts between the public and global financial markets?

The panel saw papers by:
Artist as Owner not Guarantor: Amy Whitaker, New York University
Normalizing Deviance and the Construction of THE MARKET:Mark Curran, Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Currency, Art, and Economic Crisis: Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah
Artistic Interventions in Finance: Derek Curry, State University of New York Buffalo; Jennifer Gradecki, Michigan State University

NCAD Fine Art Faculty Lecture

I was honoured to give the Fine Art Faculty lecture in NCAD on Thursday January 26. My Talk, "Walking in the Data-City" asked whether we can reinterpret the avant-garde practice of psychogeography in the contemporary city where every action is described and recorded as data, and if so, what is at stake in such reinterpretations.

The talk was followed by a workshop on mapping and data with Fine Art students.

Impact16: Pact Zollverein Essen

I was very happy to be invited as a participant in the Impact 16 Transdisciplinary symposium at Pact Zollverein. The symposium was led by three interdisciplinary collectives, HOOD, RYBN.ORG und FORMATIONS, whose diversified forms of cooperation and flexible working practices transcend disciplinary boundaries.

The event asked how and where do alternative realities come about both in and between different fields of knowledge? How can we productively uncover contradictory >rift zones< in today’s world? What kind of frameworks for action can we cultivate? Informed by multiple perspectives and practices in the arts, politics, technology, sociology, economics and science, the contributing collectives' inquiries and strategies circumvent disciplinary limits and constraints and open up new spaces for thought and action.

The transdisciplinary symposium offered 30 participants from broad backgrounds in the arts and science, time and space for in-depth exchanges and interventions as well as experiments in both practice and thought.

Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene
Et si on s’était trompé?

I will be speaking about Data Driven Art for Digital Art and Education in the Anthropocene discussion platform in association with National Digital Week (10 to 12 November 2016) and Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen and the West Cork Arts Centre on Saturday 12 November at 12 at The West Cork Arts Centre.

The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced. The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period. The 'Anthropocene' encompasses questions about the relationship between ecology, technology and sustainable human futures. Four speakers, looking at three themes, Data Driven Art (digital artist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Conor McGarrigle); Contributive Economies and the Digital (Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Dean of Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media), and Education, Access and Second Life (Dr. Glenn Loughran, Programme Chair of the BA Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island and John O'Connor, Dean of the College of Arts and Tourism, DIT).

The discussion panel is part of the program for Et si on s'était trompé / What If We Got It Wrong? A Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, touring exhibition

Computer Art Congress 5

I will be exhibiting a 3 channel version of 24 hour Social at the Computer Art Congress (CAC.5) 26-28 October at MSH Paris Nord

I will also be giving a paper on preserving born digital art at the conference on Thursday 27th

CAA 2017 Call for Proposals

I'm co-chairing a panel for CAA 2017 which takes place in New York City, February 15-18, 2017. The call for porposals is below, deadline is August 30th.

Art in the Age of Financial Crisis

Chair(s): Marisa Lerer, Manhattan College; Conor McGarrigle, Dublin Institute of Technology


Submission Deadline: August 30, 2016 CAA 2017 (New York, February 15-18, 2017)

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Oslo Flaneur Festival

I took part in the Oslo Flaneur Festival, June 23-25, with a new walk Directions, a paper on the Flaneur in the Smart City and a Walking West video in the exhibition.

The Flaneur Festival is a three day celebration of the flaneur - the stroller, the explorer, the passionate wanderer, the timeless image of the human on the move, the nomad, the urban explorer, the wanderer, the new pilot of humanity in a world in rapid change. O.F.F. transforms the flaneur's walk into action based urbanism. Together we explore not just the city, but also human wanderlust, nature and culture.

Visio Festival Helsinki

I will be exhibiting 24 Hour Social as part of the Visio Festival Art Program in Helsinki, 1-2 July.

Preserving Born Digital Art Paper

My article Preserving Born Digital Art: Lessons From Artists' Practice on the challenges of preserving born digital art through the lens of a case study of my netart project Spook... was published in the Routledge journal New Review of Information Networking special Issue: Shaping our Legacy: Preserving the Social and Cultural Record


The paper examines the complex nature of developing effective and appropriate strategies for the preservation of born digital art, in particular networked art. These issues are approached from the perspective of artist practitioners as it is suggested that any preservation strategy begins with artists, with the conservation practices that are inculcated into the very act of creation. This article proposes that this necessitates institutional digital art conservation initiatives originating from a pre-existing culture of preservation within digital art communities.

The paper came from one I gave at the Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities conference in Dublin in June.

The Geographical Turn

Walking West

On Saturday November 7 I'll be leading a psychogeographic walking tour of Dublin city centre and giving a lecture on locative media art as part of the Geographic Turn interdisciplinary research symposium at the Gallery of Photography. The Geographical Turn asks how geographers and artists might learn from their separate exploration of the common themes of space, place, and environment. These are the key themes of Geography. They also resonate with the central political concerns of our time, the geographical dilemmas of modernity. The project, based at NUI Maynooth, is funded by the Irish Research Council as part of its New Foundations: Enhancing Knowledge Exchange, a set of initiatives to encourage knowledge transfer between academic and applied contexts.

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Glucksman Perpectives Lecture

Boolean Expressions

I'll be giving the lunchtime Perpectives Lecture at the Glucksman gallery October 29 as part of the Boolean Expressions exhibition. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Perspectives: Art and Technology Can computers create works of art? How do mathematical ideas guide artistic practice? What kind of technologies are artists using today? And how does our new digital world influence and change human behavior? You can explore these ideas and more in our art and technology focused Perspectives talks. Perspectives is a series of talks exploring themes and ideas from the current exhibitions. Addressing contemporary artistic, curatorial and critical practices, we welcome you to discover and learn about the key issues of contemporary art today.

DAH Institute 2015

DAH 2015

I gave a lecture on Networks of Art & Technology as part of the Digital Art and Humanities Institute 2015: Networks: collaborations, connection, the future at the Royal Irish Academy October 23.

Renewable Futures


I gave a paper on Walking Art & Code at the international Renewable Futures conference organised by the RIXC Media Art centre in Riga, Latvia October 7-10.


The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea and North European region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.



I'm very happy to announce that after three years in Denver Colorado working as a professor at the University of Denver I have taken up a new position lecturing in Fine Art in the Dublin School of Creative Arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology's new Grangegorman Campus.

DRHA 2015


I gave a paper on walking art, psychogeography and code for DRHA 2015 at DCU Dublin Sept 2nd.

Newman Festival, Druskininkai Lithuania

Newman Festival Lithuania

I'm very happy to be exhibiting 24h Social for the Newman Festival July 3-6 in Druskininkai Lithuania, I'll also be giving a talk about my practice at the festival.

GradCAM Research Pavilion Venice

Gradcam Research Pavilion

I will be giving a talk on practice based research for the First GradCAM Research Pavilion: Experimentality June 28th in Venice.

The first Research Pavilion is organized by University of the Arts Helsinki, in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network), Valand Academy of the Arts (Gothenburg University), MaHKU Fine Art (HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Universita Iuav di Venezia, JAR (Journal for Artistic Research), GradCAM (Dublin), and Frame Visual Art Finland.



I gave a paper on the Preservation of born digital art at Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in Dublin

The DPASSH conference is a response to the ever increasing problem of digital preservation within the arts and social science subject domain. It seeks to address the complexities of long-term digital preservation in the social and cultural realms and provide a platform for early career researchers, academics, scholars, cultural heritage and research institutions as well as libraries, archives and industry to engage and discuss the problem domain and exchange ideas on the solution.

Playgrounds @ Redline Gallery Denver

Walking West @ Redline

I am exhibiting in Redline's Playgrounds exhibition from June 13th to August 16th. For the exhibition I will be exhibiting the commissioned satellite photograph from Walking West as a large scale print measuring 100' x 5'. The image documents my Walking West performance and encompasses the entire length of Colfax Avenue, the exhibition also includes a video of the entire performance.

Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

Companion to Remix Studies

My chapter on Locative Media as Remix has been published in the "Routledge Companion to Remix Studies" edited by Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and xtine burrough.

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies comprises contemporary texts by key authors and artists who are active in the emerging field of remix studies. As an organic international movement, remix culture originated in the popular music culture of the 1970s, and has since grown into a rich cultural activity encompassing numerous forms of media. The act of recombining pre-existing material brings up pressing questions of authenticity, reception, authorship, copyright, and the techno-politics of media activism. This book approaches remix studies from various angles, including sections on history, aesthetics, ethics, politics, and practice, and presents theoretical chapters alongside case studies of remix projects. The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies is a valuable resource for both researchers and remix practitioners, as well as a teaching tool for instructors using remix practices in the classroom.

Leonardo Award for Excellence 2014


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.

TULCA 2014


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.

DRHA 2014

DRHA 2014 Logo

I gave a paper on "Vine, Data and Social Performance" and exhibited 24h Social at DRHA 2014 at the University of Greenwich London August 31- September 3.

Augmented Reality Art Book

Ar Art

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."

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Acoustic Space #12

Acoustic Space #12 Techno Ecologies

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

prairie  picture show

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.

Click here for a gallery of images


See here for more information and for Walking West information.

Theorizing the Web 2014

Theorizing the web

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 Press

Channel 9 News: DU Professor Walks Colfax for 26 mile image



Channel 7 News: DU Professor Painting Line on Colfax Avenue, April 11 2014.


Westword on Walking West

Westword: Walking West: Conor McGarrigle draws the line at Colfax Avenue -- all 26.2 miles


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

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Walking West, Friday April 11

Walking West Colfax Ave

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.

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Follow the walk and find out current location on the day with #WalkingWest

Breaking Bad BitTorrent Edition in Wired Italy
24h Social @ Counterpath Gallery

24h Social

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.

Slingshot Athens 2014

Slingshot festival

I exhibited the BitTorrent Trilogy at Slingshot Athens March 26-28 in Athens GA.

ISEA 2013 Sydney Proceedings

ISEA logo

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.

Media Art Histories 2013: RENEW

Renew 2013

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.

More information is available here, slides are posted here and the full paper will be published in the proceeedings early 2014.

LEA Not Here Not There, Vol 19 Issue 1

Leonardo Electronic Almanac

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

The issue is available online here with direct link to the article as a PDF download here.

WalkSpace App withdrawn from the Appstore


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.


WalkSpace App site

MEDIAcities 4 Conference, May3-5 2013


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.


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The Art of Walking: A Field Guide

Book cover

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).

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Athens Slingshot: March 21-24 Athens GA


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.

Myhren Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition invite

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.

University of Denver


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.

Openhere: Hacktivist Panel

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.

MadMen goes viral


Following on from the Glucksman touring program Game On / Re-Newing Media Art and March at SITE Santa Fe, MadMen:the Bittorrent Edition has gone viral.

So far it's been featured on The New Aesthetics Tumblr, Andrew Sullivan, Metafilter, Kevin Slavin,,, prostheticknowledge, the Creators Project, NerdCore,, tankmagazine, Under Consideration, and, that's a lot of views! Thanks everyone for the support.

Joyce in the City : Dubliners

Joyce in the City

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

March 2012: SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe

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.

Game On / Re-Newing Media Art


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


Joyce in Art in the Irish Times

Joyce in Art article

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.

Interview for RTE Radio 1

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.

New Video: All the Art I Photographed in 2011


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.

Adam Greenfield: Design, Data and Public Space video


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.

IIA OpenData Enterprise

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 @ Unfolding Narratives

Walking Stories

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.

Design, Data & Public Space @Science Gallery

Science Gallery

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.

Living with the Panopticon

Dublin Contemporary

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 recommended.

The Arab Spring Conference

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.

Net Works Book Published

Net Works

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.

essomenia exhibition


I will be exhibiting a video #inthefuture as part of essomenia, a fringe event of Dublin Contemporary 2011. Exhibition opens on tSeptember 11 at 6pm and continues until the 17th.

ISEA 2011 Istanbul

ISEA 2011 Logo

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.

DRHA 2011 Ningbo China
DRHA 2011

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.

IRL exhibition IMOCA July 2011


I'll be exhibiting in the IRL: In Real LIfe Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art from July 15th - Aug 15th.


More information here


54th Venice Biennale of Art 2011

WalkSpace: Beirut-Venice

I'll be participating in THESTATEOFMIND for the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art 2011 with WalkSpace: Beirut-Venice June 1-6.

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 for details of dates & times of events as they happen.


Where's Franco?

Where's Franco?

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

NAMArama Walking Tour from Stunned on Vimeo.

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.

Writing the City on

My 2009 project Writing the City was a featured project on the Public database of public art projects.

Ireland after NAMA @ the Exchange

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

NAMArama interview on Near FM

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

Podcast of the show

Unrealised Potential at VOID Derry

Unrealised Potential

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.

Intellectual property and new Internet technologies

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: 01 6710073

More information

WalkSpace in the News
WalkSpace iphone app

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

The app also made the top 10 list of navigation apps in the appstore.

download from the appstore



Darklight Festival
The New Screens of Activism

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
Eamon Crudden, director/ producer Berlusconi's Mousetrap, Wallets of Blood, Route Irish
Maya Derrington  director/ producer Pyjama Girls, Seaview

Unrealised Potential

Unrealised Potential

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.

NAMAland in the News

RTE News NAMAland report

Since its 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.

Click here for download

NAMAland App

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

DRHA 2010 Sensual Technologies
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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.

Digital Creativity Journal
Digital Creativity

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.

Arts Research: Publics and Purposes
I gave a paper on Locative Media and the Situationists at the GradCAM Arts Research conference in Temple Bar Galleries and Studios
Digital Art & Culture DAC09
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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.

The paper is available for download from the UC escholarship site

ISEA 2009 : Aug 23-Sept 1


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

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.

It took place in the NCAD gallery from the 27th Aug- Sept 1 as an official Dublin Hub event for ISEA 2009 with a closing reception on Monday 31st at 18.00-20.00 in the gallery.

More information and artist list here.

Now_Here/En_lloc: June 26/27 2009

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)