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conor mcgarrigle: dit, digital media centre, research scholar
Conor McGarrigle holds a Bsc from UCD and a MA in Virtual Realities from NCAD. He has been creating artworks for the web since 1999 and is well known for works such as Spook... (2000 -2002) and The Bono Probability Positioning System (2006) which have crossed into mainstream internet culture garnering huge audiences in the process. His recent work Joyce Walks re-enacts Bloomsday as an ongoing series of performative walks in multiple cities around the world.
He established online arts space Stunned.org in 1999 and has since then pioneered netart and new media art in Ireland. Between 2002 and 2006 he curated a well regarded experimental series of Net Art Open exhibitions which explored the possibilities and limitations of online curatorial practice.
His work has been exhibited in Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark,
UK, USA , Brazil, Japan, Korea and Australia. Notable exhibitions include
EV+A, SIGGRAPH, Fundacio La Caixa, FILE
Brazil, The Boston Cyberarts Festival, Seoul Net Festival,
Art on the Net Tokyo and the Werkleitz Biennale. In
2007 he was an invited participant in the Document 12 Magazine
My practice is concerned with interrogating public spaces (virtual and physical) through incongruous interventions and actions which focus attention on the ways in which we interact with our environment. The work uses humour and often absurdity as a tactic to expose the intrinsic systems of control and censorship in the new media.
Current research interests are focused on the use of locative media and mapping practices in the creation of participatory artworks. My research will seek to fuse together locative media techniques and subjective mapping practises to create pyschogeographically inspired participatory artworks which will interrogate and disrupt the users experience of their urban environment, develop new methodologies of audience interaction and participation while exposing and critiquing the panoptical characteristics inherent in the growth of locative media.
My research will also seek to position locative media in a greater art historical context drawing a line from the Lettrists through the Situationalists, happenings and other interventionist and performative practises from the 1960s and 70s to the net art movement I will also link the work to current art practises of re-enactment in performative art.
I have a long-standing interest in the open source movement and as part of my research Ihope to create an open source artist tool based on re-enactment/re-mapping to interrogate the urban space and investigate notions of culture as spectacle.
I am also interested in techniques for the presentation, archiving and preservation of new media artworks and the challenges this presents to artists, collectors and institutions.
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