The SFI funded project, Building City Dashboards, is pleased to announce collaborations with media artists Conor McGarrigle, Cordula Hansen, and Jeffrey Weeter to create digital artworks using open data from the Dublin and Cork dashboards (http://www.dublindashboard.ie/ and http://www.corkdashboard.ie). The goal of this initiative is to explore and expand multimodal creative expression in the digital space using open urban data and to extend the work of the dashboards’ visualizations as well as the public impact of the project through research and building alternative data tools, apps, and representations.
Conor McGarrigle is an artist, researcher and lecturer in Fine Art New Media at the Dublin School of Creative Arts DIT. A graduate of UCD (BSc) and NCAD (MFA), he received his PhD through practice from DIT in 2012. His practice is characterised by urban interventions mediated through digital technologies and data-driven explorations of networked social practices. Projects include durational walking performances, large scale outdoor projections, smartphone apps and generative video installations. He has exhibited extensively internationally including; the 2011 Venice Biennale, Fundació Miro Mallorca, the Saint-Étienne Biennale, Redline Gallery Denver, SIGGRAPH, FILE São Paulo, Art on the Net Tokyo, Seoul New Media, SITE Santa Fe as well as EVA International, Tulca and the Science Gallery Dublin. Conor’s practice-based research examines the implications of pervasive networked devices and computational processes through the lens of critical art practice. This work is rooted in a historical analysis of the intersections of art and technology, demonstrating how contemporary and historical practices develop new readings and critical understandings of networked technologies and emergent user practices. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Leonardo Award for Excellence for his article “Augmented Resistance: The Possibilities for AR and Data Driven Art” published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac.
Dr. Cordula Hansen (@CordulaHansen) is a VR sculptor currently working as a lecturer and researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology, where she is also the founding director of the Research Group for Design and Social Innovation (DASI). She currently lectures in Design History and supervises a PhD scholar examining technology use in Ireland. Beginning from a background in Fine Art sculpture, her doctoral research completed in 2008 comprised an interdisciplinary study of practical knowledge and human experience of and with objects and environments in the contexts of contemporary art practice and theoretical archaeology. Her exhibition “MakeWorkThinkSpace” at the 2008 World Archaeology Congress at UCD brought together practical opportunities for audiences to interact and create within the exhibition environment and the Heideggerian understanding of dwelling as a mode of experiencing the world. Since 2016, Cordula Hansen has been exploring the possibilities of creating content for VR in VR through tools such as Google Tilt Brush and Blocks, integrating 3D sculptures into game environments and VR experiences. Her work “PalmHouse Philosophy” has been shown at 3DCamp Dublin, 404 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and Google Dublin during the 2017 Google Developer Group conference.
Jeffrey Weeter composes with music and light, designs real-time multimedia instruments, plays the drums and performs musically with technology. He is director of the Cork Audio Visual Ensemble (CAVE) which performed “The Box” at the International Computer Music/Sound and Music Computing Conference in Athens, Greece. His work was also recently performed at Kunsthaus in Zurich, the !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival, and the Cork Film Festival. During 2011 and again in 2012, collaborations with electronic musician Kate Simko toured the world, touching every continent. As an educator, Dr Weeter created the first music composition MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of it’s kind in collaboration with Kadenze, leaders in learning creative technologies online. The course “Loop: Repetition and Variation in Music”, has been taken by thousands across the globe. He completed his Doctorate in Music Composition from Northwestern University, served five years as an audio engineer for the Emmy winning “Oprah Winfrey Show”, Harpo Studios, Chicago and is currently a Lecturer in Music Composition at University College Cork, Ireland.