Mandy Tracey: Bog Beauties

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Taking a closer look at bog habitats you may be surprised to find some of the most interesting and pretty flowering plants native to Ireland, you may even find yourself appreciating the strange beauty of lichens. Here a just a few of the many plants and lichen which have caught my attention during my boggy research. (a) Bog-rosemary (Andromeda polifolia) is a native dwarf shrub belonging to the heather family (Ericaceae) and is… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Relax lads, God’s in control

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A few years ago, I was making my first documentary in Africa. As you can imagine, this was a terrifying and exciting experience in equal measure. I had no idea what I was doing, what the story I was trying to tell was, or how I was even supposed to tell it. All I had for guidance was a copy of Herzog On Herzog I’d nicked from the college library and a notebook stuffed… Read More

Fearghal Duffy: The Scribe in the Woods

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  There is a beautiful little two-quatrain poem which is found in the margin of a folio in the St. Gall manuscript that in English is often called ‘The Scribe in the Woods’. In this poem we have a scribe who finds or imagines himself to be out-of-doors writing poetry in a forest. This translation is taken from Gerard Murphy’s collection of medieval Irish poetry, Early Irish Lyrics. A Hedge of trees… Read More

Michael Cleary-Gaffney: The Hidden Eye

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The eye is one of the most complex organs in the mammalian species. It provides two functions, the first being the most obvious of allowing us make conscious perception of objects in our visual field. The second is that it is involved in non-image functions such as keeping our circadian clock in sync and pupillary reflex. As most who did leaving cert biology will know, the eye contains rods and cones (photorecptors)… Read More

Louise Brady – Inspiring Images

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This week I would like to share some research images and inspiration for the project.   Spencer Tunick – Desert Spirits, 2013. Sally Mann, Family Pictures, 1984-1991 Ron Mueck, Boy, 1999. Alice Maher, Cassandra’s Necklace, 2012   Mark Rothko, (Red, Orange), 1968 Leslie Hall Brown, RE-VISIONING series.

Fiona Gannon: Mysterious Ground

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Timothy Morton uses the term “Agrilogistics” in a recent essay to refer to the logistics that resulted in the agricultural and industrial revolutions. These technological revolutions, which involved in making sure you will have food or turf for your fire on a regular basis, stem from the anxiety of uncertainty. Freezing your arse off near a cold wet bog, would quicken a person’s thinking process past “I have no idea what this… Read More

Tommy Flavin- You Want The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth!

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As I touched on in my last blog post, one of the things I’m most excited for with METAMORPHOSIS is the potential that arises from presenting a documentary film in the context of an art exhibition. A frustration I’ve been encountering more and more in my work is trying to find a balance between making a film that an audience finds satisfying and enjoyable, while still expressing what it is I want… Read More

Fearghal Duffy: Rooting for Roots

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I would like to consider the quote from Andy Goldsworthy which Louise cited in her last blog. “We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” ― Andy Goldsworthy. But first, I want to go back to the question of ‘what is nature?’ The literary critic Raymond Williams made… Read More

Michael Cleary-Gaffney: The Dark Side Of Light

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Everyday when the night-time falls we illuminate our rooms with artificial light in order to carry out our work and our street become illuminated to allow us safely navigate our streets. Although, our ability to manipulate and prolong the longevity of our light-time period has significant advantages it comes with possible health consequences. Significant amount of research has found that this manipulation of our light/dark cycle  interferes with our internal timing system… Read More

Louise Brady – The Art of Andy Goldsworthy

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I thought I would use this blog entry to post some information about the artist Andy Goldsworthy – who, I feel, is exploring the same issues through visual art, as those of ecocriticm.  Midsummer Snowballs, London, 2000. He uses no man-made materials in the production of his work – his work exists temporally and is site specific, produced in both natural and urban settings. He came to mind while I was reading… Read More