Of Ephemeral Measure Volume 1 marks a pivotal one-year point of Martina O’Brien’s latest singular artwork of ephemeral measure: a long-term project based in Co. Kildare rooted in image making, phenology, and the activation of communities. At the core this project is a set of digital wild-sensing cameras, installed at seven different outdoor locations. Among other outcomes, the project to date has established the first phenological network–artist-led or otherwise–in Co. Kildare, and the artist has hosted a number of on-site ‘walkshops’ as part of this work. The images and essays within the publication explore sensors as image-makers, the durational and off-grid aspects to the project, how the continual capturing of images can contribute to understanding ecologies and climate change, and O’Brien’s decisions around steering clear of directly engaging big data centres in the work. Publication contributors include Martina O’Brien, artist Sean Lynch, and Dr. Alison Donnelly, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The publication and project is kindly supported by Creative Ireland and Kildare County Council Arts Service and designed by the Outside Press.
Martina O’Brien is a visual artist based in Co. Kildare. She has participated in a number of significant exhibitions and artist residencies in Ireland and abroad. She was the inaugural Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences Artist in Residence at UCD Parity Studios (2020- 2022) and is the recipient of several awards from arts organisations and research bodies including the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, Kildare Arts Service, Create and the European Commission in Italy. Over several years, she has built up relationships with communities and institutions and has collaborated with many scientists and experts in climate change. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2023) and Galway Arts Centre (2024).
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