Sinead Meehan – Video Essay

My name is Sinead Meehan, I’m currently an MRes History of Art student. Although I have used digital editing for projects in the past, this project was very challenging. I wanted to use video clips to and images to demonstrate my points in a visual way, and include audio and some simple animation. This lead me to converting my own clips, re-learning how to import and manipulate sound, and edit dialogue on the few occasions that I slipped up in the middle of a sentence. I was also forced to remember that Premier Pro takes a long time to render and export on computers as unsuitable as my own. Despite these complaints, I’m glad to have had a chance to use this programme again and it has encouraged me to get my teeth back into film based concepts again.

I started by trying to define what and editor is, more for my own sake. In my field an editor usually works in relation to art publications, journals and news articles. In this way art writers and editors are partially responsible for generating a public interest for upcoming exhibitions. They also edited academic and informative books and publications about the work, connecting their ideas to other artists, concepts and movements.  I also touched on some of my own concerns surrounding documentary, as it’s a practice I am interested in. As I am equally interested in history, I often come against freedom of expression through art practice and accuracy when using history as a source. Picturing Derry (2013) and Catholic Blood (2013) were two exhibitions I used outline this. These were proceeded by a brief explanation to the context of Derry during the City of Culture festival in 2013 when these issues began to interest me. In my opinion both exhibitions are strong examples of a crossover between contemporary art and history.


Sinead Meehan, The Quiet Ones, 2014

Collaborative writing is has not been an aspect of my work so far, but collaboration has. I used the basic principles of relational and participatory art practises in current art practices to deal with this. The theory of these come quiet close to ideas surrounding the open access of information, knowledge sharing and dialogue based work practices which are often mentioned in relation to the internet and digital practices. Finally, I briefly dealth with digital skills and they power they give creators. This allows for experimentation with image, sound and video that often influences the work of many contemporary artists. Digital skills allow artists to have their voice heard online, and aloes means that any of us can easily change and manipulate this media for a variety of reasons. Context can be changed through content and new narratives can be created.

Sinead Meehan, MRes History of Art

!%*””!#*! – Orla Breslin

The only title I could think of in relation to my saga of getting my video uploaded. I have learned some valuable lessons in video file types, format, bit rate, etc.


In my video essay, I am exploring my role as I unconsciously edit in my arts practice, and edit my community practise. I am very interested in the process, the difference between arts practice, and other work. The experience of editing a Wikipedia page, has made me not just appreciate but be excited by the concept of open participatory projects. I discuss boundaries between writers and readers, and the emerging sub-culture such as DIY citizens. I mention 2 books that have influenced the way I think about modern culture, open source and social interaction. These books are part of research for my thesis. Also, I had to mention my research (yes, obsession) on textiles, and lace in particular. I’m quite excited to start thinking about my digital artefact, and the possibilities of combining digital and text/textiles. For me it was more of an exploration of digital software and possibilities, visually editing, to try and evoke, different tempos, mood, etc. Graphics, whether in print or on screen is an area I am interested in. The frame of a painting can make or break a piece, the visual frame of a digital project, can also make or break it. I used this opportunity to explore visual essays as a medium, and the tools needed: a range of digital software from photoshop to wondershare editing software, voice recording, and archive footage that was free to use. Creating and editing visual graphics so they were in context with my spoken word was difficult, producing long slow images, and then faster, more surprising graphics, as I went from talking about my arts practice to digital editing. I created some digital collages in photoshop, to create an overall impression, a visual text. It was interesting to see how delayed or overlapped still images can be made to appear animated. I enjoyed the process, and see it as a starting point of gathering information, tools, techniques, and more importantly, software I like to work with, to ultimately work towards my thesis and digital artefact.

Orla Breslin 07/12/2015