Dr. Linda O Keeffe is a sound artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is senior lecturer (associate professor) of sound in the Arts at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. She is founder of the Women in Sound Women on Sound (WISWOS) organisation, Editor-in-Chief for the Interference Journal, a journal of audio cultures. She Co-Founded the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association in 2009 and was President from 2015-17.
Her current body of practice is focused on the intersection of science & technology, ethics and communication, where she has produced a number of art works, published research papers and keynote presentations. In 2017 she was commissioned to develop a body of work for the touring exhibition Sounds Like Her, the work, Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV has been shown in major UK art galleries from 2017 to 2020, and has been featured in publications exploring the role of women in sound. She is currently working on a project funded by Creative Scotland titled Evolving Ourselves with Unnatural Selection, a new collaborative project between artists and researchers that will explore and present some of the ethics and future implications of gene editing through a digital multi-arts approach. non-random.co.uk
O Keeffe has had works performed and exhibited in Asia, the USA, Brazil, Canada and Europe. In 2018 O Keeffe was awarded the Arts Council of England international travel award to undertake a large research project which included touring Brazil giving talks, performances and organising workshops, symposia and outreach activities. During this time she released two albums (album 1, album 2) and published a paper, Applying Feminist Methodologies in the Sonic Arts: Sound Walking as a Process, full paper here.
Other recent works include; a commission for the Huddersfield Holocaust museum for September 2022, a residency and exhibition at the Ceramic House, Brighton in April/May 2022, a commission for the Ormston Gallery as part of EV&A festival in Ireland 2016, Murder Machine, a solo exhibition for the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in 2014, ‘Spaces of Sound and Radio Spaces’, and in 2017 was commissioned to be part of the creative team developing an interactive and immersive theatre production in Manchester at The Horsefall space. Her work is predominantly sound based with a focus on installation and performance as well as soundscape studies. She has created works for radio, dance and public installation projects. Her written publications can be found here.
In 2015 she was a recipient of the Information Knowledge Exchange Award from Lancaster University for the development of her organisation. In 2017 O Keeffe, Tony Doyle and Rebecca Collins received the Research In A Box grant from Lancaster University to develop the online eduction toolkit, Activating Women In Sound. O Keeffe has received numerous commissions and arts funding, both in Ireland and internationally, including the Irish Artists Bursary Award.
For a detailed outline of my research interests and experience see my resume.
You can learn about exhibitions, performances, and commissions.
Contains information about my publications, qualifications and research projects.
Provides an overview of the courses and modules that I have developed.
Works self released and available through the record label far-point recordings.
Examples from a selection of original sound art works.
For more works please visit my Soundcloud page.
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A selection of projects, residencies, gallery exhibitions, performances and discography.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2019
Edinburgh, UK 2019
Residency and Exhibition, Electro Camac, ‘Digitalis’, France 2006
Limited Edition miniCD 100 copies
Women In Sound / Women On Sound (WISWOS), identifies the need for action to tackle issues of inequality and gender bias in sound and music technology. In October 2015 the first WISWOS event was held at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. WISWOS is an international hub of networks and individuals, including artists, researchers, technologists, musicians, archivists and everything in between, with an interest in sound, technology and education.
Founder, Director, Curator.
I am editor-in-chief of the Interference Journal of Audio Cultures (interference). Interference is an open access forum on the role of sound in cultural practices, providing a trans-disciplinary platform for the presentation of research and practice in areas such as acoustic ecology, sensory anthropology, sonic arts, musicology, technology studies and philosophy.
Full of Noises is a sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula. We produce and commission new work from contemporary composers and sound artists through a programme of residencies, performances and public realm installations. For information about upcoming concerts, workshops and commissions see our events page. Read our recent publication documenting our first 7 years. Visit here to see two films from the festival archive.
Irish Sound Science Technology Association (ISSTA). The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association is an organisation that brings together practitioners integrating fields of music, art, sound, science and technology. I was a co-founder of this organisation beginning the groundwork with Kerry Hagan in 2009. I was president from 20015-17 and have concluded a number of very successful events, the latest at Dundalk Institute of Technology 2017.
Co-Founder, President, Curator (2009-2017).
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