Bio: Andrew McSweeney completed a BA in Fine Art at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, in 2015 and an MA in Interdisciplinary Design Practice in 2021 from the Limerick School of Art & Design. Recent and upcoming shows include the group exhibition Data | Art, June (2023) at The Lord Mayor's Pavilion, Cork, Work | Force | Field at A4 Sounds, Dublin (August 2023), an interactive virtual reality application at the Earth Rising: IMMA Outdoors: Eco Festival (September 2023) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the group show Futuropia with the Irish Museum of Virtual Art, The People’s Museum, Limerick (September 2023) and the XaRt commission (November 2023) in collaboration with the NExIS project team through the MTU Arts Office CREATE Le Chéile fund. He was supported by the Irish Arts Council in 2021/2022 and is a member of Backwater Studios in Cork City, Ireland.
My work has strongly developed with the use of 3D software and progressed towards the creation of digital reproductions through various formats taken from my natural surroundings. The digital aspect of my practice involves the creation of digital scans/textures that are accompanied by sound pieces and interactive experiences highlighting the thin border of physical and virtual worlds amongst mixed realities. My practice also involves the use of algorithmic processes, generating various possibilities linked with designs influenced by nature. Photogrammetric processes used in my work are relevant to its potential importance on digitally archiving content for future generations spanning across multiple disciplines including but not limited to education, visual art and academic research. A tool used without physically interacting with objects or chosen subjects creating a coherent link between theoretical education and restoration practice. New technologies and mixed realities enable artists as well as viewers to personally reflect on social issues and to have an equal understanding of important ecological and environmental discussions.
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