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Alan Butler

By 19th March 2019July 5th, 2022Individuals, Artists

Alan Butler

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Website alanbutler.info

Alan Butler‘s work explores material and philosophical ideas about how imagery and meaning function in technologically mediated realities. His subject often ties together the cultural dogma that underpins visual languages, with algorithmic modes of being in western capitalist societies. Educated at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2009). and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2004).

He is a member of the collective ANNEX who will represent Ireland at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.1

Bio & Career

Recent activities include solo exhibitions The Need To Argue In The Master’s Language, Visual Carlow, Ireland (2018); Down and Out in Los Santos, Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (2017); HELIOSYNTH, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin (2017); We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos, Solstice Art Centre, Ireland (2015); and group exhibitions Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art, The Akron Art Museum (2019); Digital Citizen: The Precarious Subject, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK (2019), Weird Capitalism, Transfer, New York (2018); Back to the Future, C/O Berlin (2018); SITUATIONS/Posthuman, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2018); States of Play: Roleplay Reality, FACT, Liverpool, England (2018); As Above, So Below, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (2017).

Alan Butler’s work is in the collections of IMMA – the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Office of Public Works, Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin. He is represented by Green On Red Gallery, Ireland.

Publications

Appears in

  • 2021, Annex (eds), States of Entanglement: Data in the Irish Landscape, Actar Publishers.
  • 2021, Annex, States of Entanglement: Data in the Irish Landscape, Streak Mag, 14 July.
  • 2021, Tipton, Gemma, Venice Architecture Biennale’s Irish Pavilion explores our role in the data revolution, The Irish Times, 3 July.
    2021, Bellamy, Daniel, Venice Architecture Biennale explores how will we live in the future, Euronews, 29 May.
  • 2021, Cascone, Sara, 17 Marvelous Highlights From the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, Where Hope and Optimism Abound, artnet.com, 28 May
  • 2021, Tour the 2021 National Pavilions at Venice Architecture Biennale, Wallpaper Magazine, 27 May.
  • 2021, Gilleese, Emma, Entanglement – inside the Irish Pavilion at Venice 2021, RTÉ, 25 May.
  • 2021, Entanglement, the Irish Pavilion in Venice explores the physical impact of bigdata, archipanic.com. 22 May.
  • 2021, Onsia, María, Utopian fantasy of the Cloud. Pavilion of Ireland of La Biennale di Venezia by ANNEX, Metalocus, 21 May.
  • 2021, Karam, Yasmina, ’entanglement’ is a multisensory exhibition at the venice biennale tackling the impact of data, designboom.com, 21 May.
  • 2021, Williams, Fran, Venice Biennale 2021: Best of the rest, Architects Journal, 20 May.
  • 2021, The Irish Pavilion for the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores the Impact of Data Production on Everyday Life, arc daily.com, 17 May.
  • 2021, André Gunthert, Thomas Kirchner and Marie-Madeleine Ozdoba (des), Nouveaux médias : mythes et expérimentations dans les arts, DFK Paris/NAIMA/arthistoricum.net. pp 153-156.
  • 2020, Dillon, Roberto (Eds.) The Digital Gaming Handbook, Routledge, 2020, pp.147.
  • 2020, Fowler, Hart, ‘Third-person shooter: In-game photography is becoming an avant-garde art form’, DigitalTrends.com, July 15, 2020
  • 2020, ‘Even in lockdown there is plenty to do! Check out the best online activities and remote events you can get involved in this May’, itsnicethat.com, 1 May 2020.
  • 2020, ‘Cyanotpie‘, Photographic Flux: Photography over time – From Camera Obscura to GAN, Fotomuseum WInterthur, https://www.photographic-flux.ch.
  • 2020, Fowler, Hart, ‘Artists have used Grand Theft Auto V as a canvas for years. Now, protesters are doing the same.’, The Washington Post, Feb 11.
  • 2020, Girina, Ivan, ‘Framing Video Game Agency:Down and Out in Los Santos and In-Game Photography as Subversive Play’, Moving Pictures, Living Machines: Automation, Animation and the Imitation of Life in Cinema and Media Udine / Gorizia, FilmForum, 2020
  • 2019, Wise, Carrie, ’Video Games Star In Akron Art Museum Exhibit’, ideastream.org, November 1, 2019.
  • 2019, Bittanti, Matteo, (Brignoli, Laura Eds), ‘Riscritture Intermediali: Dal Cinema (Koyaanisqatsi Al Machinima Koyaanisgtav’, Interartes: Diegesi migranti (Italian Edition), Mimesis Edizioni.
  • 2019, O’Murchu, Nora, (Eds. Victoria Bradbury, Suzy O’Hara), ’Art Hack Practice: Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement’, Routledge, 2019.
  • 2019, Razablan, ’Lo que GTA V ya mostraba sobre la crisis homeless de Los Angeles en 2013’, millenium.gg, December 31, 2019.
  • 2019, Sharp, Sarah Rose, ‘Tracing the Interconnectedness of Art and Video Games’, hyperallergic.com, December 31, 2019.
  • 2019, Shurvell, Joanne, ‘Discover New Artists At Vienna’s Annual Contemporary Art Fair’, forbes.com, Oct 18, 2019.
  • 2019, ‘Open World: Akron Art Museum Explores the Influence of Video Games on Contemporary Art’, Juxtapoz Magazine, October 16, 2019.
  • 2019, Banis, Davide. ‘Why 1982 Experimental Documentary ‘Koyaanisqatsi‘ Is Still A Must-See In This Time Of Climate Change’, Forbes, June 30.
  • 2019, English, Laura, Revelation Film Festival announces ‘XR:WA,’ a virtual reality festival, gamerevolution.com, June 26.
  • 2019, Kerr, Seanán, Interview with Alan Butler, acw.ie, July 5.
  • 2019, Counihan, Laurence, ‘Alan Butler, On Exactitude in Science. National Sculpture Factory, Cork’, PVA Journal Spring 2019, pp. 83-89.
  • 2019, Whyman, Tom, Thinking about climate means becoming human for the first time, TheOutline.com, 16 April.
  • 2019 Whyman, Tom, Can we truly think about climate change at all?, TheOutline.com, 3 April.
  • 2019 Laster, Paul, 6 Artists to Discover at the Pop-Up Fair Plan B, GalerieMagazine.com, 8 Mar.
  • 2019 Vincentelli, Alessandro, Alan Butler In Conversation with Alessandro Vincentelli, Baltic.art.
  • 2019 Vincentelli, Alessandro, BALTIC Bites: Digital Citizen – The Precarious Subject, Baltic.art.
2019 Fentiman, Caro. Digital Citizen – The Precarious Subject, Corridor8, 13 Mar.
  • 2019 Little, Christopher. Digital Citizen – The Precarious Subject, This is Tomorrow, 6 Mar.
2019 Episode 33 – Digital Citizen: The Precarious Subject, Hey Art What’s Good, 22 Feb.
  • 2019 Whetstone, David, New exhibition at BALTIC explores what it means to be a citizen of the digital age, Chronicle Live, 10 Feb.
  • 2019 Dunne, Aidan, Working with concrete: This week’s visual arts highlights, The Irish Times, 12 Jan.
  • 2019 Donohoe, John, Who’s Watching You, The Meath Chronicle, 12 Jan.
  • 2018 Fantacci, Gemma, ‘Wreckingthe GameThe Artist as Griefer’, Proceedings of the 2018 DiGRA International Conference: The Game is the Message, Digital Games Research Association, 2018
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2018 Dunne, Aidan. Art is thriving in a time of cultural disruption, The Irish Times, 8 Dec.
  • 2018 Graves, Cassidy Dawn. Can You Fix Capitalism From The Inside? A New Art Exhibition Asks, vice.com, 11 October.
  • 2018 Bittanti, Matteo, Game Art: Alan Butler’s MONDO CANE! (2018), gamescenes.org, 10 July.
  • 2018 McCormick, Penny, Artistic License: RHA’s Annual Exhibition, The Gloss Magazine, 23 May.
  • 2018 Merrigan, James, TOWARDS THE UNDESIRABLES (STARRING ALAN BUTLER & SNOW WHITE), Madder Lake Editions, 22 April.
  • 2018 Bittanti, Matteo, Event: “Photographing Virtual Spaces” workshop + exhibition, gamescenes.org, 18 April.
  • 2018 Leech Cristin, Art review: Heroes and Villains, The Sunday Times, 11 March.
    2018 Rocks, Sean, Interview on ARENA, RTÉ Radio 1, 5 February 2018.
  • 2018 Dunne, Aidan, Art in Focus: Alan Butler – Down and Out in Los Santos, The Irish Times, 3 February. 2018 Ich, der Avatar, Zürichsee-Zeitung, 25 January.
  • 2017 Badlam, Raphael (Eds), Rasante Vol. 1, pp 99-113. 2017 Reyburn, Scott, Dublin Has a ‘Grass-Roots’ Gallery Weekend. How Much Can It Grow?, The New York Times, 1 December.
  • 2017 Tipton, Gemma, Critic’s Guide: Dublin, Frieze Online, 21 November 2017.
  • 2017, Bicknell-Knight, Bob, isthisit? Issue 3, December.
  • 2017, Kelly-Murphy, Aidan, Alan Butler in conversation with Aidan Kelly Murphy, Paper Visual Art Journal, Online, November.
  • 2017, Clancy, Luke, The Culture File Weekly 29.09.17, RTE Lyric Fm.
  • 2017, Donnelly, Rachel, Artsdesk: Spirited Away, Totally Dublin, June.
  • 2017, Down and Out in Los Santos, Smith Journal Online, 01 June.
  • 2017, Bittanti, Matteo, Alan Butler and the aesthetics of the video game re-enactment, gamescenes.org, May 9.
  • 2017, Kleist, Alissa & Packer, Matt (eds), Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone : Publication, CCA Derry/Londonderry
  • 2017, Marinkovic, Lazara, Serbia: a former slaughterhouse, techno music and politics, this was Resonate Festival 2017, Traxmag.com, May 9.
  • 2017, O’Dwyer, Rebecca, Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, Apr 26, 2017.
  • 2017, Dunne, Aidan, An alternative history of art of the last century, The Irish Times, Apr 18, 2017.
  • 2017, As Above, So Below Exhibition catalogue. Published by IMMA Dublin 2017 ISBN: 978-1-909792-18-0
  • 2017, Merrigan, James, Madder Lake pp.44-50.
  • 2017, Pereira, Holly, Artless Episode 01 – Alan Butler, March 2017
  • 2017, O’Dwyer, Rebecca, The Trace That’s Left in Us, Fallow Media, February 2017.
  • 2017, Leach, Cristín, Passing time, time passing – Ireland’s time-based artists, 10 Jan 2017.
  • 2016, Gibbons, Ciara (Eds.), 2016 an Image of ireland, Contemporary Artists from Ireland, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fabrica, pp.48-49.
  • 2016, “GTA 5”: Künstler zeigt Obdachlose und Armut in Los Santos, Derstandard.at, 14 August 2016.
  • 2016, Palop, Benoit, ‘Haunting Scenes of Homelessness and Poverty in Los Santos’, Vice.com
  • 2016, Gerencser, Aron, ‘GTA 5 Used For Photo Essay Of Poverty’, GTA 5 Cheats.
  • 2016, Merrigan, James (Eds), ‘www.’, Visual Artist News Sheet, Mar-Apr 2016, pp.16.
  • 2015, Butler, Alan, ‘ist für uns alle neuland’, 2015, ISBN: 9781320859004.
  • 2015, Rushe, Loreana, ‘Primer: Alan Butler’, The Thin Air, Issue 4, Jan/Feb 2015, pp.24-25.
  • 2015, Malone, Marian, ‘Nationwide’, RTE Television, 7 January 2015.
  • 2014, Picture Special, ‘The Parallax View Exhibition’, Limerick Leader, December, 2014.
  • 2014 Bryne, Niall, ‘Watch the head-spinning video…’, NIaller9.com, 22 September 2014.
  • 2014 Purlyté, Gabija, ‘Tonight you Can call me Trish’, Tn2 Magazine, 22 February 2014.
  • 2015 Rushe, Loreana, ‘Primer: Alan Butler’, The Thin Air, Issue 4, Jan/Feb 2015, pp.24-25.
  • 2015 Malone, Marian, Nationwide, RTÉ Television, 7 January 2015.
  • 2014 Picture Special, The Parallax View Exhibition, Limerick Leader, December, 2014.
  • 2014 Bryne, Niall, ‘Watch the head-spinning video…’, NIaller9.com, 22 September 2014.
  • 2014 Purlyté, Gabija, ‘Tonight you Can call me Trish’, Tn2 Magazine, 22 February 2014.
  • 2013 Shaffrey, Cliodhna, ‘Generation’, Temple Bar Gallery + Stuidos.
  • 2013 초순희/ Cho Sun Hee (Eds.), 2012-2013 Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture.
  • 2013 Merrigan, James, ‘Jumping Through Hoops’, Billion Art Journal, August 2013
  • 2013 McAree, Paul, ‘Circulation’, FLOOD & Black Church Print Studio, ISBN: 978-1-291-49190-6
  • 2013 McCormack, Ailve, ‘From the Studio of…’, fromthestudioof.com, March 2013.
  • 2013, Meier, Allison, ‘Tumblr Enlists Artists-in-Residence to Generate Original Content’, ARTINFO. com, 06 Jan 2013.
  • 2013, Murphy, Loraine, ‘The Morning GIF: “Star Trek” fractal’, The Daily Dot, 03 January 2013.
  • 2012, Broderick, Ryan, ‘The 54 Best Animated GIFs Of 2012’, BUZZFEED.com, 20 December 2012.
  • 2012, Arte Cultura y Espectaculos, ‘Este es el pueblo chino que piratea las obras de arte’ lainformacion.com, 19 December 2012.
  • 2012, Price, Christopher, ‘Tumblr Editor Picks Best GIFs of the Year’, MASHABLE.com. 17Dec
  • 2012, Weissman, Saya, ‘Uniqlo Wants to Give You a GIF’, Digiday: Digital Media, Marketing and Advertising Journal, 12 December 2012
  • 2012, Fortune, Stephen, ‘Hacked and Burned: GIF of the week’, DazedDigital.com, December
  • 2012, Indvik, Lauren, ‘Uniqlo Packages Promotions in Online ‘GIF Box’’, mashable.com, 3 December
  • 2012, Fallon, Killian, ‘Exhibition: Tentamen’, communally.blogspot.ie, October 2012.
  • 2012, Ryouji, Fujimoto, ‘Haiku Review: Tentamen’, Shower of Kunst, October 2012.
  • 2012, Moor, Davey, ‘Seven Impertinent Notes on Tentamen’, Exhibition essay, October 2012.
  • 2012, Steel, Vernon, ‘Tentamen’, LeCool, Dublin, October 2012.
  • 2012, Murphy, Loraine, ‘The Morning GIF: Ecce Homo’, The Daily Dot, 30 August 2012.
  • 2012 Gray, Daniel (Eds.), Featured Artwork, Totally Dublin Magazine, June 2012, pp.10
  • 2012 Guay, Jennifer, ‘Exhibitions’, HotPress Magazine, June 2012.
  • 2012 Murphy Loraine, ‘The Morning GIF: Goodbye, Ray Bradbury’, The Daily Dot, 07 June 2012.
  • 2012, Allen, Sarah, ‘Entrance Entrance’, Aesthetica, Issue 47 June/July 2012, p94
  • 2012, Alfonso, Ferdinand III, ‘Acclaimed artists commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the GIF’, The Daily Dot, 15 June 2012
  • 2012, Murphy Loraine, ‘The Morning GIF: A Nyan Cat for the intelligentsia’, The Daily Dot, 25 May
  • 2012, Ryouji, Fujimoto, ‘Haiku Review: entrance, entrance’, Shower of Kunst, 06 May 2012.
  • 2012, Milliard, Coline, ‘Digital Gets Physical at Dublin’s Temple Bar Gallery’, ARTINFO.COM. April 24, 2012.
  • 2012, McCully, Johnny, ‘entrance, entrance’, LeCool, Dublin, April, 2012.
  • 2012, Davis, Ben, ‘Can Artists Help Us Reboot Humanism in an Over-Connected Age?’ ARTINFO. COM. April 20, 2012.
  • 2012, Johnson, David, ‘#OccupyDameStreet – Every dog has its day’, boomingback.org. April 25
  • 2012, Dunne, Aidan, ‘Strong on theory,weak on meaning’, The Irish Times, April 20, 2012
  • 2012, Anna P, ‘Glitch Festival’, LeCool, Dublin, April 2012.
  • 2012, Steel, Vernon, ‘Astral Projection Abduction Fantasy’, LeCool, Dublin, February 2012.
  • 2012 Hisada, Lauren, ‘Death and Sensuality’, Billion Journal, January 27 2012.
  • 2011, Dunne, Aidan, ‘The future is bright (or exists, at least)’, The Irish Times, 18/10/2011.
  • 2011, Leach, Cristín. ‘Futures 11’, The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 25 Sept 2011.
  • 2011, Joyce, Zach, ‘Review:Futures 11’, LeCool Magazine, 13/09/2011.
  • 2011, Reigelnegg, Curt. ‘Maintenance and Repair’, VAI Newsletter, Sept 2011.
  • 2011, Steel, Vernon, ‘New Connections’, LeCool Magazine, Dublin, May 27, 2011
  • 2011, Leach, Cristín. ‘A new exhibition thats shows how emerging artists are moving on from
    the work of established names makes you question exactly what art should be about’, Culture Magazine, Sunday Times, 1 May, 2011
  • 2011, Mason, Paul, ‘The cultural impact of Ireland’s economic woes’, Newsnight, BBC2, London, 24 February, 2011.
  • 2011, Walsh, Ciarán (Eds.), ‘Cover Artwork/Interview, Part 2’, LeCool Magazine Dublin, 23 Feb
  • 2011, Walsh, Ciarán (Eds.), ‘Cover Artwork/Interview, Part 1’, LeCool Magazine Dublin, 16 Feb
  • 2011, Keane, Kevin, ‘Artistic Upstarts add a Little Colour to the Campaign’, IrishIndependent, 5Feb
  • 2011, Coyle, Colin, ‘Battle of the Poster Boys’, The Sunday Times (Ireland), 30 January, 2011.
  • 2011, Hegarty, Shane, ‘The political revolution: coming to a computer screen near you’, Irish Times, 8 Jan.
  • 2010, Byrne, Richard & Rocks, Sean, Arena (RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland), 26 November 2010.
  • 2010, Andrews, Kernan, ‘We can all own a piece of the song’, Galway Advertiser, 25 November
  • 2010, Merrigan, James, ‘Cock a leg or Squat’, Billion Art Journal, November 2010.
  • 2010, Vistoli, Ben, Le Cool Dublin, 8 November 2010.
  • 2010, Dunne, Aidan, ‘Keeping it Unreal’, The Irish Times (The Ticket supplement), 29 October
  • 2010, McGlynn, Damien, ‘Mental Debris’, kdamo.wordpress.com, 10 October 2010.
  • 2010, Lenot, Marc, ‘Censure, scandale et (Beaux) Arts, quand même’, Le Monde, France, 17 Feb.
  • 2010, Carolin, Clare (Eds.), Palestra, Camilla, Le Weekend de Sept Jours (cat.), Beaux-Arts des Paris les éditions, 2010. ISBN: 978 2 84056332
  • 2009, Woo, Ian (Eds), Kueh, Adeline, ‘Meme’ (cat.), Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore.
  • 2009, Scheppe, Wolfgang (Eds), ‘Migropolis: Venice and the Global Atlas of a Situation”, Hatje Cantz Con prefazione di Angela Vettese, Venice,
  • 2009, Butler, Alan & Booth, Lola-Rayne, ‘Magnhild Opdol Catalogue Essay’, The LAB, Dublin City Council, November 2009
  • 2009, Dunne, Aidan, ‘Her Natura,l Dark Materials’, The Irish Times, Wednesday, July 8, 2009
  • 2009, Tipton, Gemma (Eds.), ‘The LAB Gallery: 40 Exhibitions 06-08’, Dublin City Council, 2009.
  • 2008, Kerr, Seanán Oliver Manfred, ‘The Garden of Digital Lies’, Circa Online, April 14th 2008.
  • 2008, O’Neill, Elizabeth, ‘The Garden of Digital Lies’, The Arts Show, RTÉ Radio 1, Monday, 7 April
  • 2008, Foley, Catherine, ‘On the Town’, The Irish Times: Weekend Review, Saturday, 26 January
  • 2007, Fitzgerald, Des, Art Beat, Dublin City FM, 19 December.
  • 2007, Davenport, Fionn, Culture Shock, NewsTalk 106FM, 15 December.
  • 2007, Foley, Catherine, ‘Brainy Brass Knockers and a Teddy Bear Chair’, The Irish Times: Weekend Review, Saturday, 15 December.
  • 2007, Dunne, Aidan, ‘Store of the Show’, The Irish Times: The Ticket, Friday, 14 December.
  • 2007, Rocks, Sean, The Arts Show, RTE Radio 1, 13 December.
  • 2007, Egan, Rory & Douglas, Angela , Good Morning Dublin, Dublin City FM, 13 December.
  • 2007, Kelly, Michael, ‘What’s going on’, The Irish Times: Magazine, 8 December.
  • 2007, Mulholland, Al, The Sunday Times: Style Magazine Supplement, Sunday 23 September.
  • 2007, O’Brien, Paul, ‘New Media Art: An Irish Context’, Circa Magazine, June ’07.
  • 2007, Dunne, Aidan, ‘Off the Beaten Palette’, The Irish Times, Thursday, May 10.
  • 2007, Tipton, Gemma, ‘The Ideas Factory’. The Irish Times Magazine, Saturday, April 28.
  • 2007, White, Lucy, ‘A Good Tongue for Art’, Metro, Monday, April 23.
  • 2006, Crawley, Peter, ‘Dublin’s Burning’. The Irish Times, Friday, August 19
  • 2006, Arts & Entertainment Show, News Talk 106FM. Saturday 2nd September.
  • 2006, ‘Fringe Festival Gets Street-wise’, Sunday Tribune, 3rd September.
  • 2006, Kingsley-O’Hagen, Victoria, The 11th Hour, RTE Radio 1, Saturday, 16th September.
  • 2006, In Dublin Magazine, ‘The Vending Machine Project’, 7th September ’06.
  • 2006, Temple Bar Magazine, HKM Publishing, ‘The Vending Machine Project’, September 2006.
  • 2006, Albany, Megan, Metro Ireland, ‘The Vending Machine Project’, 28th September.
  • 2006, In Dublin Magazine, ‘Capital Culture’, 14th September ’06.

Awards and honours

  • Year, Title of the award, Awarding Body, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
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Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2021 Sculpture Dublin, Permanent public sculpture commission, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2021 The Armory Show, Online, with Green on Red Gallery, New York City, USA.
  • 2021 Ein Vorbild bildendes Abbild eines Bildes, EIKON Schauraum, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2020 The Week Simulator Simulator Simulator, twitch.tv (Online)
  • 2020 The Week Simulator Simulator, twitch.tv (Online)
  • 2020 The Week Simulator, twitch.tv (Online)
  • 2020 The Week, twitch.tv (Online)
  • 2019 New Works, Plan B, New York City, USA
  • 2018 On Exactitude in Science, National Sculpture Factory, Cork Film Festival 2018, Ireland.
  • 2018 The Need To Argue In The Master’s Language, Visual Carlow, Ireland.
  • 2017 Down and Out in Los Santos, Malmö Fotobiennal, Galleri CC, Malmo, Sweden.
  • 2017 HELIOSYNTH, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2016 Down and Out in Los Santos, Online project, accessible at downandout.in-los-santos.com.
  • 2015 We Were Promised Anarchy, But What We Got Was Chaos, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland.
  • 2015 Youth Outreach in North Korea, Supermarket 2015, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2014 Pragmatophobia, Online Project, accessible at pragmatophobia.net.
  • 2014 The Parallax View, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2013 Limited Hangout, DEMONS MOUTH, Oslo, Norway.
  • 2010 I know that you believe…, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2010 In the Bedroom OMIGOD Subscribe!!! KTHXBAI XXX, G126, Galway, Ireland.
  • 2010 Can’t Operate Properly ‘Til Eyes Refocus, Cake Contemporary Arts, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Group exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
  • 2021 Living Canvas, Wilton Park, Dublin.
  • 2021 WORLD, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.
  • 2021 Refuge, Green on Red Gallery, Ireland.
  • 2021 Viennacontemporary, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2021 How to Win at Photography, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 2021 Entanglement, Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy
  • 2021 Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
  • 2020 XR:WA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia.
  • 2020 Work: Documentation of Imagination, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland (Online).
  • 2020 Remote Joy, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2020 Static Vision, Melbourne, Australia. (Online)
  • 2020 Screenwalks, The Photographers Gallery London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.(Online)
  • 2020 Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art, Currier Museum of Art, NH, USA.
  • 2019 Open World: Video Games and Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum, USA.
  • 2019 Vienna Contemporary, Green on Red Gallery, Austria.
  • 2019 Art Düsseldorf, Green on Red Gallery, Germany.
  • 2019 New Work, Green on Red Gallery, Ireland.
  • 2019 VOLTA Basel, ELSÄSSERSTRASSE, Switzerland.
  • 2019 Screentime, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2019 Pangea United, Muzeum Sztuki, Lotz, Poland
  • 2019 VOLTA NYC, Booth B14 Green on Red Gallery, New York City, USA.
  • 2019 Digital Citizen – The Precarious Subject, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK
  • 2019 Surveillé.e.s, Solstice Art Centre, Ireland.
  • 2018 PRISM, The Glucksman, Cork, Ireland
  • 2018 Back to the Future, C/O Berlin, Germany.
  • 2018 Liquid State Machine, Beverley’s, NYC, USA.
  • 2018 Infrastructures of Now, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2018 Surveillé.e.s, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France.
  • 2018 Weird Capitalism, Transfer Gallery, New York, USA.
  • 2018 LAND / SEA / SIGNAL, Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2018 SITUATIONS/Posthuman, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 2018 Traces, Kasteel Wijlre, The Netherlands.
  • 2018 DAA/NCAD Creative Journeys, Terminal 1, Dublin Airport.
  • 2018 New Beginnings, Green on Red, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2018 Volta Basel (with Green on Red Gallery), Switzerland
  • 2018 When Facts Don’t Matter, St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle, Ireland.
  • 2018 188th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2018 LAND / SEA / SIGNAL, Lūznava Manor, Rēzeknes, Latvia.
  • 2018 Situations (Winterthur Fotomuseum), Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Switzerland.
  • 2018 Oracle, Scena9, Bucharest, Romania (w/ Elaine Hoey).
  • 2018 LAND / SEA / SIGNAL, Espace Multimédia Gantner, France.
  • 2018 States of Play: Roleplay Reality, FACT, Liverpool, England.
  • 2018 Milan Machinima Festival, Università IULM, Milano, Italy.
  • 2018 Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM at Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe Germany (w/ Elaine Hoey).
  • 2018 Gut gespielt: Der Mensch und sein Avatar, Alte Fabrik, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 2017 Future, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.
  • 2017 Periodical Review #7—PPS V RGKSKSRG, Pallas Projects, Dublin.
  • 2017 UCLA Game Art Festival 2017, The Hammer Museum, LA, USA.
  • 2017 VUE Contemporary Art Fair (w/ Green on Red Gallery), Dublin.
  • 2017 SUPERNOVA: REAL LIFE ALTERNATE REALITIES, Denver CO, USA.
  • 2017 Les Rencontres d’Arles, France.
  • 2017 Volta Basel, Green on Red Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 2017 As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2017 Game Over, VisualcontainerTV, accessible at visualcontainer.net.
  • 2017 Resonate 17, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • 2017 Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2017 Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, West Cork Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland.
  • 2016 Festival Miden 2016, Kalamata, Greece.
  • 2016 Das Meer, Group Global 3000, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2016 Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry/Londonderry, UK.
  • 2015 Futures Anthology 2, Royal Hibernian Academy, Ireland.
  • 2015 Telling Lies, RUA RED, Ireland.
  • 2015 Please Return, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
  • 2014 Web Summit, RDS, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2014 WADE IN, Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada.
  • 2014 (don’t believe in) Modern Love x 4, Another Love Story, Killyon Manor, Ireland.
  • 2014 Tonight you can call me Trish, The LAB, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2014 Nine, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
  • 2013 Circulation, FLOOD Gallery & Blackchurch Print Studio, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2013 Nine, The LAB, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2013 Beyond the Frontier, Wexford Council Arts Department, Wexford, Ireland.
  • 2013 DVD Dead Drop Vol. 5, Museum of Moving Image, New York City, USA.
  • 2012 Tentamen, 13 North Great Georges St., Dublin, Ireland..
  • 2012 E.S.P. TV, Pallas Contemporary Projects (Dublin) / E.S.P. TV (NYC).
  • 2012 Peripheries, Gorey School of Art, Wexford, Ireland.
  • 2012 entrance, entrance, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2012 Glitch, Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2012 182nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Ireland
  • 2011 1.7 Trillion Euro, Solas Nua, Washington D.C., USA.
  • 2011 Death & Sensuality, Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • 2011 Futures 2011, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2011 Dublin Contemporary 2011, Earlsfort Terrace, Ireland.
  • 2011 14 – 5 = 126, G126, Galway, Ireland.
  • 2011 Free Art Stand, Emerge Art Fair, Peacock Projects, Washington D.C., USA.
  • 2011 Upstart, The Dock, Leitrim, Ireland.
  • 2011 You remind me of a poem…, In_flux, Occupy Space, Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2011 UM, Block T, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2011 The Swimming Naked Prophecy, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.
  • 2011 The New Connections, Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2011 The Swimming Naked Prophecy, Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare, Ireland.
  • 2011 Upstart, Public Art Project, various locations, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2010 Free Art Stand, O Cinema, Miami, USA.
  • 2010 Free Art Stand, SEVEN Art Fair (Winkleman Gallery), Miami, USA.
  • 2010 The Swimming Naked Prophecy, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 2010 Bizarre Bazaar, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2010 Unbuilding, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 2010 “Le Weekend de Sept Jours” (Seven Day Weekend), Galeries d’exposition de l’Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France
  • 2009 Meme, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore.
  • 2009 It Goes On…, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2009 The LASALLE Show 09, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
  • 2009 This Must be the place, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2009 Town and Country, Across the Way Gallery & Studios, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin., Ireland.
  • 2009 The La La, Praxis Gallery, Singapore.
  • 2008 XMAS, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 Works on Paper, Tickleart, Citylink Mall, Singapore.
  • 2008 Winter Salon, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 Art is Good for You, ISEA pre-symposium, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2008 Snappy Close-up, Praxis Space, Lasalle, Singapore.
  • 2008 Straylight, Darklight Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 ArtSwap, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 The Garden of Digital Lies, The Lab Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 Bigfoot, Royal Hibernian Academy & Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 Flat Earth Society, The Substation, Singapore.
  • 2008 Flat Earth Society, The LAB, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2007 Hindu Cow Meanders On Towards the Slaughterhouse, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin.
  • 2007 Pass it On, Group Show, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2007 Screening: Play, Group Show, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2007 Pass it On, Cula Space, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
  • 2007 Pass it On, Castlepalooza, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
  • 2007 CE@Xperiments: ‘Contact’, ASEF 10th Anniversary, Singapore.
  • 2007 Galleri Barbara, Sunndal kulturhus, Sunndal, Norway.
  • 2006 X-MASS the Spot, Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2006 Monster Truck Christmas Show, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2006 Dublin Electronic Arts Festival, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2005 Field of Vision: Extremes, Institute for New Media, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • 2005 Media Art Festival, Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2005 Art in Arcadia, Larch Hill, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
  • 2005 MAS, Old St Johns Church, Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2005 New Leipzig, The Hub, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2004 Darklight Film Festival, The Digital Hub, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2004 Field of Vision, Lab Gallery, New York, USA.
  • 2004 F5: Reload, Centro de Artes Visuales de Santiago, Chile.
  • 2004 National College of Art & Design: Fine Art Degree Show, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2003 Circuits, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2003 Mindjelly, Swords, Dublin/mindjelly.com, Ireland.
  • 2003 9R33N, Project, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.

Projects

  • Virtual Botany Cyanotypes (2016-Present)

    Taking their form from the well known collection of Cyanotypes of British Algae’, produced by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in the 19th Century, these works explore various types of plant life that live inside video games, and virtual reality environments.
    Through performative and procedural explorations inside video games, as well as their file-structures, virtual plant life is identified and extracted, and then transposed to positive exposure film. The images of virtual plants, grasses, shrubs, trees and weeds are then exposed through real sunlight onto photosensitive paper, which is prepared by hand using the original 19th Century process.
    The result is a series of works that allow virtual imagery to merge with real-world physical materiality. The surfaces of these images records both jpeg artifacts, as well as blemishes and scars which result from the handmade production process.
    Each work is unique as the transparency film used in the exposure process is destroyed after the work is complete.2

Works

External links & References

  1. “bio/CV” Alan Butler http://www.alanbutler.info/cv-biography-resume-exhibition-history 
  2. “Info” Alan Butler Website http://www.alanbutler.info/virtual-botany-cyanotypes