Dada Maheshvarananda on Cooperation the Commons and Life After Capitalism

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Back in February of this year I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dada Maheshvarananda who was visiting Ireland to promote his new book After Capitalism Economic Democracy in Action I took the opportunity to interview Dada to learn more about his views on Cooperativism, the Commons and the place of spirituality in movements for social change. Dada is an advocate of PROUT the Progressive Utilisation Theory an economic alternative to both capitalism and state socialism based on the principles of cooperation.

Special Thanks to Dada and to AFRI who hosted the event.

For More Information visit http://proutaftercapitalism.blogspot.ie/

Romanticism Today and some Serendipity

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Another few images that have been sitting on my hard drive forever. Reflecting on Romanticism and the Environmental movement I did these collages of the work of the painter Caspar David Friedrich,  “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” from which I took the figure in the foreground and placed against the “The Sea of Ice”. I’ve forgotten now where the background with the smokestack for the second image came from unfotunately. I like that this iconic lone romantic figure can be cut out and placed against different backgrounds bringing a reflective and comtemplative mood to the environment.

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I love serendipity. I had only posted the images above to the blog before I traveled to Germany to take part in a conference. Between conferences a friend and I went to Dresden and rented a car. We decided to stay in Bad Scandau which is probably only 10 or 15 km from the Czech border. It was only when I arrived at the hotel and started looking at the tourist leaflets that I realised I was in that landscape that inspired so much of Caspar David Friedrichs paintings and so I set out on little mission to visit some of the locations. With a little help from Wikipedia I located the Kaiserkrone which is supposedly where the man in painting is standing and of course we had to try and recreate the scene. I will update this post with a few pics over the coming weeks.

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Community Gardens in Belfast

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Its been a long time since I posted anything here but I recently came across this set of images which I produced during my time living in Belfast around 2008/9. At the time I was interested in community gardens and having heard that there were many so called victory gardens in the city during World War 2 and after, I visited the Belfast Central Library in search of old city maps. After taking some photos of the maps I overlaid the images on top of Google Maps and proceeded to visit the locations to see what is there today and how things have changed. Some of the gardens such as those on the Ardoyne road still exist while others have long since been paved over or built upon. However there are a few that are simply empty fields and I’m curious whether those same communities would have an interest in reclaiming such spaces. A project worth revisiting perhaps?

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This Floating World

Art, exhibition, My Art Work

‘This Floating World’ is an exhibition of drawings, photography and video works by Kevin Flanagan

Opening: The Galway Arts Centre, Thursday June 10th at 6pm
Exhibition runs: 11th June – 2nd July

http://www.galwayartscentre.ie/visual.html

Flanagan’s work is inspired by the concept of emergence as found in both natural and man made systems.
The word territory can refer to both spatial and conceptual experience, an environment or an idea. Areas of knowledge unknown to us are often referred to as uncharted territory. The work of the cartographer is similar in many ways to that of the artist. However our images and maps of the world can never be total. As representations their creation always involves a kind of abstraction and separation from reality as such they are only ever partial and incomplete, rough guides at best and no substitute for the real thing.

Artists Talk on Tuesday 22nd June at 6pm

Galway Arts Centre
47 Dominck St
Galway
Ireland

+353 91 565886
info@galwayartscentre.ie
www.galwayartscentre.ie

And you may ask yourself what have I been doing these past 2 years in college

My Art Work, My Photography, My Video Work

Yes for all of you my adoring fans the time has come I completed my Masters in Fine Art at the University of Ulster Belfast in June and Im finally getting around to uploading images from my end of year show.

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This is a photographic piece shot with my friend Eve Vaughan on a day out visiting the location of the field from the film ‘The Field’ by Jim Sheridan its on the road from Leenane in north Connemara to Westport. The film raises lots of issues about the Irish peoples historical relationship to the land. In these times with all that has happend between the recession and the collapse of the property bubble I was interested in revisiting this location.

The Field by Jim Sheridan – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099566/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Field

Eve Vaughan also has a new blog where she has posted some documentation from her recent performances in Dublin http://evevaughan.wordpress.com/

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I used the show as an oppurtunity to try an experiment in sharing. I got 500 posters printed I left them on the floor in the exhibition space I put a note with a cap beside them saying ‘ posters are free – if you would like to show your support for the artist you are welcome to leave a £1 or 2 in the cap’ I was delighted that so many people liked the work, its lovely to think hundreads of my posters found their way into peoples homes I was also pleasently surprised to find so many people showing their support by putting a £1 or £2 in the cap. The money collected from the cap covered almost half my printing costs and I still have at least 200 posters left which I’ll have to give away again at some future exhibition. So a big Thank You to all of you for showing your support. Its very encouraging. So to continue with the sharing if you like the image but couldn’t make it to the exhibition I am licencing it with a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Sharealike Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ for those not familiar with Creative Commons that means you are free to share and distribute the image, and to make derivative works , use it in your own work , remix the thing ,on the basis that it is for non commercial purpose and that you attribute me as your source of inspiration :)

The second piece in the show was a video installation.


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click on the images below to watch the videos

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A couple of weeks before I took part in the City Supplements show at Ps2 Paragon Project Space Donegal Belfast. We had a brief to make some work in response to the changing cathedral quarter of the city. http://www.pssquared.org/

I made a few pieces based on a series of images found on google street view. The images follow the flight of birds through the area as recorded on google street view. I also made an animated video of the street for fun. Do check out the Ps2 site there where some nice pieces in the show and there are plenty of images on the site. http://www.pssquared.org/citysupplements.php

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click on the image above to get a better look

click on the image below to watch the video.

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ok next up are just a few images that I was playing around with

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click on the image below to watch a sample video

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