Artist Shane Finan was due to spend the month of April 2020 living in Kielder Village and working with Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Kielderhead Wildwood project. Unfortunately due to Covid-19, this residency has been postponed. However Shane is continuing to make work and share his research via the VARC news feed: Shane Finan – the “Wood Wide Web”, Pandemic and Communication: artist (not) in Residence Shane Finan, Staying Together Apart: The public sphere, pandemic and home , Monoculture Monoliths: The case for better technology .
Shane Finan is a multimedia artist and painter from Sligo, Ireland, currently based in Wicklow, Ireland. His work includes painting, sculpture, mixed media installation and interactive digital media and are about place, technology and transience.
Shane’s projects engage with community and research. In recent years he has collaborated with Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Pierre Auger Observatory (Argentina) the University of Leipzig (Germany) and the University of Padua (Italy). His projects are influenced by the places where they are made, and the communities based in these places.
His recent works have looked at changes in the natural environment, using contemporary research, literature, artistic research, digital media and philosophy to inform artworks that create a sense of place for people in a surrounding area. He is currently working on projects based on networks, incorporating natural networks such as the communication systems of trees, fungi and animals, and digital networks such as the internet and collaborative systems such as hacker culture. His research interests stem from collaboration, drawing from theory on the commons and community intervention.