Linda O'Keeffe is a sound artist based in New York. She holds a professorship in art at Stony Brook University, New York. A passionate advocate for the role of women in the sonic arts, she founded the Women in Sound Women on Sound (WISWOS) organisation. Additionally, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Interference Journal, a publication dedicated to audio cultures, from 2012 to 2022. In 2009, she co-founded the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association, leading as its President from 2015 to 2017.
Her professional focus lies at the crossroads of art, science, technology, and community. This interest has led to the creation of numerous artworks, published research papers, and keynote presentations. As a member of the artist collective, Non Random, she aims to emphasize the union of arts and science to foster dialogues around research and art practices. Non Random is currently engaged in "Evolving Ourselves with Unnatural Selection", a project funded by Creative Scotland. This collaboration between artists and researchers aims to investigate and illustrate the ethical implications and future prospects of gene editing through a digital multi-arts approach. More about these collaborative works can be found at non-random.co.uk.
In 2017, she was commissioned to create the artwork "Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV" for the "Sounds Like Her" touring exhibition. The work explored the impact of renewable energy technologies on natural soundscapes, landscapes, and rural communities. This piece was showcased in major UK art galleries from 2017 to 2020 and featured in publications discussing the role of women in sound.
In 2018, the Arts Council of England recognized her with the international travel award, enabling her to develop collaborative research with women across Brazil. This tour was marked by lectures, performances, workshops, and outreach activities. She released two collaborative albums, and in 2022, co-authored "The Body in Sound, Music, and Performance" with Isabel Nogueira.
Her more recent contributions include a commission for the Huddersfield Holocaust museum in September 2022, a residency at the Ceramic House in Brighton in April/May 2022, and a 2016 commission for the Ormston Gallery as part of the EV&A festival in Ireland. Dr. O'Keeffe's works primarily emphasize sound, spanning installations, performances, and soundscape studies. She has also crafted pieces for radio, dance, and public installations. Her publications can be accessed here.
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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