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Biosystem

Biosystem (I, II, III, VI, V, VI, VII, VIII and ongoing). Latest iteration commissioned by Museum of Fine Art (MoFA), Florida State University (Biosystem VIII, 2024).

Living orbs made with air and soil-based plants, preserved and living mosses, and other mixed media. First conceived in 2010 (Biosystem I), each iteration is a new generation and/or unique composition of living organisms that allude to temporality and the cycle of life, nature as an interconnected system, the proposition of viewing Earth as a super-organism, and other ecological themes. Arranged in the gallery as a ‘constellation,’ the work also has references in science fiction and speculation on the extent of life (or lack thereof) across the universe. Orbs range from 12 – 24″ diameter. An image list and radio interview on the project is provided below.

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Image list:

  1. ‘Biosystem V’ at What is Life? Wexford County Council and Trinity College Dublin, 2018
  2. ‘Biosystem IV’ (detail) at Sustainable Futures, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland. 2018
  3. ‘Biosystem III’ at Grizedale Sculpture, Cumbria, United Kingdom, 2017
  4. ‘Biosystem V’ at What is Life? Wexford County Council and Trinity College Dublin, 2018
  5. ‘Biosystem IV’ (detail) at Sustainable Futures, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland. 2018
  6. ‘Biosystem IV’ at Sustainable Futures, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland. 2018
  7. ‘Biosystem IV’ (detail) at Sustainable Futures, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland. 2018
  8. ‘Biosystem II’ at Dublin Biennial, Dublin, Ireland. 2014
  9. Méadhbh O’Connor photographing ‘Biosystem V,’ 2018.
  10. Méadhbh O’Connor examining the first ever ‘Biosystem I,’ 2010. At Moxie Studios/IMOCA, formerly Dublin 2, Ireland.
  11. First ever test installation of ‘Biosystem 1,’ 2010. Shown first at the NLA: The New Living Art Exhibition, IMOCA, Lad Lane, D2, IRL. Curated by Claire Feeley and K Bear Koss.
  12. An early biosphere in the studio. 2010.
Listen to a feature on the work record by Luke Clancy and broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM, 2018