CATALYST Artists in Residence

Professor Lizbeth Goodman joined UCD in 2010. She is also Founder and Director of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute and the MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre, Gamelab and PLAYroom. An active researcher and community technology advocate, she has published and presented widely. She was awarded a Microsoft Community Affairs Senior Research Fellowship for development of SMARTclubs for disadvantaged youth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (2006–10). She received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service to Women and Children in 2003, and was shortlisted and commended for a Times Higher Award in 2007.Read More

Huw is SMARTlab’s CTO (Chief Technical Officer), and was also recently appointed to head IT initiatives for LOCOG, the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has been with SMARTlab since its inception, offering 17 years of experience in leading innovations and broadcast/audience development.

Marcelo Biglia, Artist in Residence (Photography)

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcelo settled in Ireland in 1999 after almost a decade of travels. It was during these travels that he discovered his affinity with documentary photography, in particular his sensibility for dealing with people as the main subject. He then developed his technical skills by working for several years as an assistant to international fashion photographers. He now works mainly as a portrait and documentary photographer for a number of magazines, musicians, and private clients.

Bobby Byrne, Artist in Residence (Counterbalance Dance)
MLitt Candidate

Bobby came late to dance via a background in martial arts. Bobby has moved into professional dance by working with Dublin-based integrated dance company Counterbalance over the previous 13 years. He is currently working on a project with SMARTlab, investigating the relevance of the Judson Dance Theatre to models of integrated dance practice through constructing vocabularies based on the body’s affordances.

Stephen Cooney, Artist in Residence (Music Education)
PhD Candidate, Intuitive Use of Geometric Visualisation Tools in Early Learning of Music

Stephen was born in Australia in 1953, and was initiated into the Mailali-Gunwinggú Aboriginal language group in the Northern Territory in 1978. He has lived in Ireland since 1980 where he is best known for the development of a widely copied style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish music for which he won the National Entertainment Award in 1997. His recorded work of over 100 CDs includes educational titles of Gaelic rhymes and stories in collaboration with the School of Folklore at UCD.

David Dunkley Gyimah, Artist/Technologist in Residence (Video Journalism)
PhD Candidate, The Outer-net

David is the recipient of International awards in video-journalism and media (broadcast/new media) design with more than 20 years’ experience in the media working for the BBC, Channel 4 News and ABC News in front and behind the camera. Described by Apple as “a one man hurricane”, he has lectured worldwide in media culture convergence.

Pierre J Jolivet – Artist in Residence (Electro-Acoustic Musician/Performer)

Originally from Paris, Pierre Jolivet is an artist and AV specialist working in film, video and music, and is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. Pierre started as a French pioneer, under the moniker of Pacific 231, in the industrial/power electronics musical fields before moving into more ambient and abstract sounds. His current work explores the very limits of sound and space, especially through his new multimedia performances: Stif(f)le and Im’shi.

Aisling Kinsella, Videographer / Music Technologist

Aisling has worked in location/studio and post sound for television and radio for several years. This has involved voice recording and program editing and mixing for broadcast television, radio commercial production, short form radio program production, audio book/ e-learning recording and editing. She has lectured in the physics/theory of sound, analogue/digital audio, mixing desks and recording signal flow, including preparation for Fetac Level 5 Sound Engineering & Production, and has delivered interactive classes in Music Theory in preparation for Fetac Level 5 Music Award, and London School of Music Popular Theory grade exams.

Cheryl L’ Hirondelle, Artist in Residence

Cheryl L’ Hirondelle is a community engaged Indigenous (Cree/Metis/German) multi and interdisciplinary artist and singer/songwriter originally from the land now known as Canada, whose creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time space. Since the early 80’s, L’Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including: music, performance art, theatre, spoken word, storytelling and redundant & new media. In the early 90’s, she began a parallel career as an arts consultant / advisor and programmer, cultural strategist / activist, and director / producer.

Róisín Loughrey, Artist in Residence (Film/Video/Media Installation)

Róisín graduated from the National Film School, Dún Laoghaire in 2003. While at college she won the TV3 ‘Cast 2001’ Award for her short drama Dreams of a Forgotten King. Her graduate film Fall Into Half-Angel a short documentary, was screened at festivals worldwide and went on to win five international awards, including the prestigious Silver Dove at the International Festival of Documentary & Animation, Leipzig.

Anita McKeown, Public Artist in Residence, SMARTlab

Anita is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, curator and researcher, working across disciplines including film, audio and performance. Her work continues to be exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Her work in the main is project-based, context-responsive and ecologically sensitive interventions that arise from extended relationships within a location.

She is Co-founder and Creative Director of Arts Services Un-incorporated (ASU), a not-for-profit community arts organisation established in 2006 and based in southeast London. In 2008 she was elected by invitation to the Royal Society of Arts. In 2004 she won the prestigious Bravo Award, the only non-US citizen to do so, for a digital AV public art project in Memphis, TN.

Tom Meskell, Artist in Residence (Fine Art/Painting)

A fine artist and arts facilitator, Tom has painted the canvases that epitomise the SMARTlab ethos of HOPE and TRUST, working on projects aimed at positive social transformation through art, design and media. His works appear in digital format on SMARTlab web sites, and also often feature in KILA performances and other live gigs. Tom has worked many media, and is renowned for his ability to work with groups as a coordinator to create artwork

Tara Baoth Mooney, SMARTfashion Artist in Residence

Tara’s work investigates the transcendence of sustainability through garments and textiles or ‘outer cladding’, and what that can mean to humanity on a daily basis. External cladding, or garments, can act as a sustainable interface between individuals and their immediate environment, promoting reflection, emotional durability and communication. Tara sees technology as a tool or means to facilitate this communication, provoking reflection as to how we interact in both our personal and immediate environments.

Cathy O’Kennedy, Artist in Residence (Counterbalance Dance)
MLitt Candidate, The Divine Normal

Cathy is a pioneering, Irish dance artist whose work explores issues of relevance to people’s lives. She has developed a distinctive dance vocabulary and discourse around her commitment to bringing the art of dance and the ‘normal’ into close association with one another, constantly testing the boundaries of relations between self, art form, media, and community.

Eoin O’Brien – Artist in Residence (Composer/Musician/Music Engineer)

Eoin is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. He has writ- ten many songs and tunes, played with some great bands and recorded and produced some beautiful records, as well as creating music, atmospheres and sound effects for radio, television, film, dance, theatre, advertising and audio books. He enjoys creating avant-garde and abstract sounds and soundscapes, and is dedicated to pop music. He has taught music to people aged from four to seventy, including theatre and music workshops for underprivileged children.

Colm Ó Snodaigh, Artist in Residence
Musical Director: World Music/Music for Health

Colm originally qualified as a physiotherapist at UCD before his true musical vocation took hold of him. He worked as a practitioner in St Josephs Hospital, Raheny from 1988-98, until he focused his energies on the World Music band Kíla, subsequently becoming their manager and director.

Will Pearson, Artist/Technologist in Residence (Social Media & Sonic Art)
PhD Candidate, a theory of auditory saccadism

Will is Director of Technology at Ravensbourne, a digital design, media and communications university sector institution in North Greenwich, London. He works extensively with technology, principally mobile devices, exploring the relevance that experimentation and research in sonic arts has for redefining listening experiences.

Robbie Perry, Artist/Technologist in Residence (Music Technology)
MLitt Candidate, Musical instrument design for children on the autism spectrum

Robbie is a musician and music facilitator who creates musical instruments from recycled materials and technology for use in live and theatrical performances and the facilitation of creative workshops with children of varying ability including those with Down’s Syndrome, autism and Asperger’s.

Përparim Rama, Architect in Residence
MLitt/PhD Candidate, 3D Generative Models of Socially Responsible Cities

Rama is a founding director of 4M Group with the overall responsibility for the management and development matters within the Group. He has been involved in various large scheme developments including his duties as a London team project leader on ENK Complex Mixed Use development in Prishtina and as a specialist consultant for developing Smart Solutions for Spatial Planning and Architecture for Newham and Tower Hamlets Council.

Alison Williams, Designer in Residence
PhD Candidate, Architectural Spaces & New Modes of Experience Design

Alison Williams BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) Reading University Following fifteen years of professional work with creativity in the workplace, particularly the impact of physical space on that creativity, her SMARTlab research is: ‘The impact of physical space on people’s ability to be creative at work.’

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