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
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
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.
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
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
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