Tommy Flavin: Shut Up And Listen: How To Control People’s Minds

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Recently I had the good fortune to be working on a terrible TV show. The show was made up of a variety of interviews between the presenter and her guests. As I edited these interviews, I noticed something- every time the interviewer asked a question, the light would go out in the guests’ eyes. Some would even grimace. And none of them would relax and open up to her. So the interviews,… Read More

Fearghal Duffy: Metamorphoses in Irish Myths

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We who are involved in this project have been encountering the word ‘metamorphosis’ on a daily basis for several months now that it had risked becoming one of those words, which when it becomes overly familiar, its essence and significance becomes somehow diluted.  So I thought it might be useful to present a few instances of metamorphoses from the early Irish myths and sagas to re-freshen the imaginative potential of the term…. Read More

Michael Cleary-Gaffney: The Difficulties Of Research

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The aim of research is to make a positive impact for individuals and society. However, research is an extremely complex multifaceted endeavour. Put simply, for a thorough understanding of a phenomenon, researchers must break the phenomenon into specifics. When sufficient knowledge is acquired on each specific research area, a combining of the specific knowledge can occur. This allows for a holistic understanding of the overall topic of interest. Think of the development… Read More

Shane Byrne – Interactive Synthesis

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For the previous couple of blog entries I have focused on the work of other artists and composers but this week I have decided to speak briefly about a project that I completed earlier on this summer. It was one of the first installations that I produced for a third party and it was incredibly enjoyable (and at times frustrating) to have to work within boundaries set out by a third party,… Read More

Louise Brady : Art, beauty and the importance of the little things….

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In recent discussions with Fearghal, I felt that I had become somewhat blind to the natural world around me and decided then that I would try and pay more attention to my surroundings and overall become more mindful of the little things. It is easier at this time of year, when nature and its shifts and changes are very obvious – a time when it really makes itself known to us. No… Read More

Jiajing Yang: Resonating open space in final wooden house

Spatial openness reflects resonation between space, context and inhabitants. Resonation means the interaction and effect between people and space. For example, space affects people; meanwhile people can change the context of a space by creating something new when interacting with space. “To build is always also to produce a phonotype, a sonorous site which resonates with its inhabitants” (Sloterdijk, 2011, p.108). Resonating in openness space is clearly articulated by an example of Final wooden house (Sou Fujimoto, 2008)…. Read More

Paula B. Garcia Rosa: Energy Vampires

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Inspired by the recent Halloween themed posts from Fearghal and Mandy, my blog post today is about “energy vampires”.  By energy vampires here I don’t mean these individuals who prey on the energy of others, but the electronic appliances that slowly suck electrical energy from your home while they are switched off or in standby mode. Devices like televisions, TV boxes, scanners, and printers are typical examples of appliances that consume standby… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Documentary making is an exercise in disappointment

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I’ve had this weird experience over the last few documentaries I’ve made. I’ve started out with a story that I was really passionate about- something exciting, unusual, full of life. Whenever I’ve pitched any of these films to people I’d catch myself saying, ‘the story’s all there, I just have to shoot what I see and it’ll be perfect!’ But once I begin shooting and editing the story, I’d realise that all… Read More

Jennifer Halton: Collaboration in Theory and Practice

The buzz word of the year in academia and arts practice has got to be ‘collaboration’. Unless you live in a utopian media-free world, you will have seen this multi-syllablic term floating freely around research and artistic circles. As someone who greatly values the potential of collaboration, I am enthused by this shift away from the cult of individualism toward a new collectivism, but I do however acknowledge the concerns that come along… Read More

Mandy Tracey: Flesh eating plants of the bog

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 Keeping up with the Halloween themed blog post by Fearghal, I thought it would be quite fitting to write about flesh eating plants of the bog. Yes I did say flesh eating plants but unless you are a small to medium sized insect I would say your flesh is safe (unless a bright meteorite shower reigns down upon earth causing half the population to go blind allowing the rise of new aggressive… Read More