Understanding a place “without shortcuts”: exploring the Tim Robinson archive 

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This essay from Cathy Fitzgerald explores what ecological art might mean through the work of Tim Robinson and the context in Eire.

The Hollywood Forest Story : An Eco-Social Art Practice | Co. Carlow Ireland

I’m staying near Bearna village, which is on the edge of the ecologically significant Moycullen bog area in the West of Ireland. On such occasions the basic act of attention that creates a place out of a location would be renewed, enhanced by whatever systems of understanding we can muster, from the mathematical to the mythological, by the passion of poetry, or by simple enjoyment of the play of light on it. Here is a gateway to a land without shortcuts, where each place is bathed in the sunlight of our contemplation and all its particularities brought forth, like those mountainside potato plots gilded by midwinter sunset in the valley of the stone alignment.

Tim Robinson ‘A Land without Shortcuts’, The Dublin Review 46 (Spring 2012), p.43

2017 has seen me spending many months away from Hollywood forest. Now, I find myself exploring a remarkable archive, a body of work…

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