ArtLinks Director & artist, Cathy Fitzgerald talks at Podcamp 08

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Published on January 3, 2009

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Cathy describes her initial use of social networking technologies in her own creative practice; template portfolio websites, blogs, youtube, print-on-demand books, knowledge of which she is actively sharing and developing with the ArtLinks community.

Social media: my art practice and ArtLinks Cathy Fitzgerald, ArtLinks Member & Director

A year ago, I wasn’t…

using portfolio, ready-made websites, or

blogging…

Using youtube, flickr, facebook, stumbleupon, ning …

and just over a year & half ago I had started with ArtLinks: working with co. arts officers & arts communities to promote & develop Arts in SE to manage/develop a new, regional website design courses for promoting people’s creative development I had intermediate dreamweaver skills, enjoyed web work, developing membership in voluntary community groups practising artist luckily I turned up at podcamp ireland in 2007

I had started with ArtLinks: working with co. arts officers & arts communities to promote & develop Arts in SE

to manage/develop a new, regional website

design courses for promoting people’s creative development

I had intermediate dreamweaver skills, enjoyed web work, developing membership in voluntary community groups

practising artist

luckily I turned up at podcamp ireland in 2007

my own practice + work for ArtLinks overlap My projects have developed where local people are co-authors in creative process I’ve been open to recognise sharing ideas/skills is key to creating very rich projects One needs to build audience/ communities around ideas/work Ongoing issue: how to show work , engage/reach wider audience

My projects have developed where local people are

co-authors in creative process

I’ve been open to recognise sharing ideas/skills is key to creating very rich projects

One needs to build audience/ communities around ideas/work

Ongoing issue: how to show work , engage/reach wider audience

mix of art, science & green community projects –ideas > photography, video, installation last 12 years with scientists, created art & ecology projects with environmentalists/foresters & communities use the emotive power of art to quietly engage / bring attention to community action lo-fi skills suit green message my contemporary visual arts practice

mix of art, science & green community projects –ideas > photography, video, installation

last 12 years

with scientists, created art & ecology projects with environmentalists/foresters & communities

use the emotive power of art to quietly engage / bring attention to community action

lo-fi skills suit green message

Working in the arts <5% continue with fine art practice How to sustain/develop practice with limited resources Work not known Coupled with ltd opportunities to show work And I moved to rural Carlow!

<5% continue with fine art practice

How to sustain/develop practice with limited resources

Work not known

Coupled with ltd opportunities to show work

And I moved to rural Carlow!

online – the answer? Personally, yes made me look professional, virtual gallery no-one knew for instance I was in a mobile home with no studio Low cost but needed skills easily consumed lot of creative time attracted attention of media, curators Bizarre: website lead to feature in Irish Times and interview on national Pat Kenny’s radio show !!!

Personally, yes

made me look professional, virtual gallery

no-one knew for instance I was in a mobile home with no studio

Low cost but needed skills

easily consumed lot of creative time

attracted attention of media, curators

Bizarre: website lead to feature in Irish Times and interview on national Pat Kenny’s radio show !!!

Online presence something I advocate but you needed the skills, today here reaching to those with basic IT skills but in last few years, things have moved fast Gone is the need to have in-depth web skills; my mum at 72, is blogging New social features of web 2 env. ideal for anyone working creatively

Online presence something I advocate but you needed the skills, today here reaching to those with basic IT skills

but in last few years, things have moved fast

Gone is the need to have in-depth web skills; my mum at 72, is blogging

New social features of web 2 env. ideal for anyone working creatively

An e.g., work in progress did art project highlighting a community, sustainable forestry project in Leitrim pioneering, funded by Forest Service: 16 sites, over 300 acres planted, film and exhibition well received in Leitrim – but I wasn’t completely satisfied.. a model of forestry that could be replicated thruout country, much needed when you think of climate change, sustainable energy Even brought it to Cultivate… felt I wasn’t reaching the audience that I wanted

did art project highlighting a community, sustainable forestry project in Leitrim

pioneering, funded by Forest Service: 16 sites, over 300 acres planted,

film and exhibition well received in Leitrim – but I wasn’t completely satisfied..

a model of forestry that could be replicated thruout country, much needed when you think of climate change, sustainable energy

Even brought it to Cultivate… felt I wasn’t reaching the audience that I wanted

My story In march 08, I put up the intro to the film on youtube (overnight as I had no broadband) next morning, 2 curators invited me to show work at new Irish you-tube festival in London??!! I went… Curators knew Cannes, they lobbied for youtube festival category, guy from Cork got award from Spike Lee!! My work is now more widely available and tagged to other similar projects Peers contact me, motivated me to keep going Forming blog, offline directory and online ning directory for local forest community to share skills, knowledge, films, photos foresters worst communicators in world and forestry is a true Slow Art Experiment; using own woodland, turning spruce wood into sustainable, close to nature site, fuel for more art projects and my home, can’t think of more impt project to be involved with

In march 08, I put up the intro to the film on youtube (overnight as I had no broadband)

next morning, 2 curators invited me to show work at new Irish you-tube festival in London??!! I went…

Curators knew Cannes, they lobbied for youtube festival category, guy from Cork got award from Spike Lee!!

My work is now more widely available and tagged to other similar projects

Peers contact me, motivated me to keep going

Forming blog, offline directory and online ning directory for local forest community to share skills, knowledge, films, photos

foresters worst communicators in world and forestry is a true Slow Art

Experiment; using own woodland, turning spruce wood into sustainable, close to nature site, fuel for more art projects and my home, can’t think of more impt project to be involved with

 

blogs found it to be great place to ‘dump’ ideas Replaced/adds to my visual notebook collect bits on other projects that inspire Show ‘work in progress’ Creatives: have niche knowledge -fascinating to others, perfect for blogs Peer support, audience, feedback, Free Relatively easy, not much more complex than Word Help a lot of others put up blogs, my mum, friends with great content, operapage, sculpture, green politics, arts office residency Growing awareness in UK re: benefits blogging for arts & projects Invited ArtLinks member Ken McGuire to give first blogging course for ArtLinks

found it to be great place to ‘dump’ ideas

Replaced/adds to my visual notebook

collect bits on other projects that inspire

Show ‘work in progress’

Creatives: have niche knowledge -fascinating to others, perfect for blogs

Peer support, audience, feedback,

Free

Relatively easy, not much more complex than Word

Help a lot of others put up blogs, my mum, friends with great content, operapage, sculpture, green politics, arts office residency

Growing awareness in UK re: benefits blogging for arts & projects

Invited ArtLinks member Ken McGuire to give first blogging course for ArtLinks

portfolio ready-made websites wanted 2 share knowledge of such websites with ArtLinks visual artists contacted by ex Riverdeep IT manager/turned painter, Padraig McCaul who was keen to teach others, why they shouldn’t bother with web designers >>led ArtLinks courses across 5 counties

wanted 2 share knowledge of such websites with ArtLinks visual artists

contacted by ex Riverdeep IT manager/turned painter, Padraig McCaul who was keen to teach others, why they shouldn’t bother with web designers

>>led ArtLinks courses across 5 counties

My portfolio ready-made website

for literary types At home, been exploring print on demand books, where you design and upload your content and its is bound and printed for you and made avail. for others to purchase on demand, like Amazon Huge benefits for amateurs writers, poets to get ‘a book’ published, offer marketing etc, Also great for visual artists/makers etc want to make cheap catalogues

At home, been exploring print on demand books,

where you design and upload your content and its is bound and printed for you and made avail. for others to purchase on demand, like Amazon

Huge benefits for amateurs writers, poets to get ‘a book’ published, offer marketing etc,

Also great for visual artists/makers etc want to make cheap catalogues

e.g. Blurb – drag & drop

Personally… Trying different social media, building hands on confidence, awareness of benefits > sharing ArtLinks community Actively read about this area ArtLinks community is still forming Current website has been quite static but is undergoing development to keep people engaged, create a sense of community

Trying different social media, building hands on confidence, awareness of benefits > sharing ArtLinks community

Actively read about this area

ArtLinks community is still forming

Current website has been quite static but is undergoing development to keep people engaged,

create a sense of community

Get the community sharing Forum risky? Hasn’t been, will be more visible soon People will be encouraged to link to their myspace/youtube/ flickr Google maps to show studio/course location Huge amount of events now loaded, Constant Contact enews >>RSS feeds to auto alert community Those with blogs, content will go on their profile pages, website will be a conversation of community Course content: new wiki type area..podcasts

Forum risky? Hasn’t been, will be more visible soon

People will be encouraged to link to their myspace/youtube/ flickr

Google maps to show studio/course location

Huge amount of events now loaded, Constant Contact enews

>>RSS feeds to auto alert community

Those with blogs, content will go on their profile pages, website will be a conversation of community

Course content: new wiki type area..podcasts

 

ArtLinks future development ArtLinks is still new Social media is helping engage younger creatives, and older users, George Offering considerable opportunities for those with creative work to market, profile their work in future want to push the community to share skills in helping others with these technologies e.g members -Nicola Brown, Paul Brennan, Ken McGuire can assist others getting blogs up, see ArtLinks Skill Shop area on their profiles

ArtLinks is still new

Social media is helping engage younger creatives, and older users, George

Offering considerable opportunities for those with creative work to market, profile their work

in future want to push the community to share skills in helping others with these technologies e.g members -Nicola Brown, Paul Brennan, Ken McGuire can assist others getting blogs up, see ArtLinks Skill Shop area on their profiles

Thank you And big thanks to Podcamp for ideas & encouragement

Thank you

And big thanks to Podcamp for

ideas & encouragement

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