Stephen Kennedy

Dr Stephen Kennedy BA, PhD

Head of School of Design

Key details

Dr Stephen Kennedy
BA, PhD

Head of School of Design


Professor Stephen Kennedy's work extends across Media, Digital Arts and Sound Design. His research interests lie at the intersection of theory and practice in relation to the political economy of contemporary communications technology. He is the author of Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Future Sounds: The Temporality of Noise (Bloomsbury, 2018). His work involves reformulating the idea of noise as a means of supporting philosophical frameworks capable of accounting for the complex nature of contemporary digital environments.

Awards

Choice Awards – Outstanding Academic Title for Future Sounds: The Temporality of Noise(Bloomsbury New York: 2018)

Recognition

Member of the editorial board of Zetesis: Fine Art. Philosophy. New Media. Research driven by curiosity.

Research / Scholarly interests

Professor Stephen Kennedy's work extends across Media, Digital Arts and Sound Design. His research interests lie at the intersection of theory and practice in relation to the political economy of contemporary communications technology. He is the author of Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Future Sounds: The Temporality of Noise (Bloomsbury, 2018). His work involves reformulating the idea of noise as a means of supporting philosophical frameworks capable of accounting for the complex nature of contemporary digital environments.

Key funded projects

  • EYES Project. UoG leads the Co-design work package to build an on-line platform to deliver new and innovative ways for young people to engage with calls to entrepreneurship within the ever-changing European economy. More info here
  • The Rebound Project Funded by the University of Heidelberg

Publications

  • Future Sounds: The Temporality of Noise (Bloomsbury New York: 2018)
  • Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space (Bloomsbury, New York: 2015)
  • Echostate, Zetesis: Fine Art. Philosophy. New Media. Research driven by curiosity (ARTicle Press, Sep 2013), vol 1, no. 1
  • (Composer) Oedipus @ Tate Britain http://vimeo.com/32684860) Nov 2011
  • Echostate (Live) Humboldt University Berlin 2011 http://vimeo.com/24087954
  • A Sonic Economy - c theory 2010 www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=649
  • 'Leaving on a Jet Plane of Immanence: Deleuze and music.' Issues in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics Volume 2 2009
  • The Assassination of Time (The Digital 4-track album version): http://fromadarkenedsunroof.bandcamp.com/album/sue-golding-johnny-de-philo- the- assassination-of-time Text b J Golding (2009). DVD/Album
  • 'Technology on Screen: Projection, Paranoia and Discursive Practice' Cyber- Cultures and the Human. The Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford 2009
  • 'And No Birds Do Sing', in Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference, Sweden 11– 13 June 2007. Linkoping University Electronic Press 2007
  • 'Film as Discursive Practice: Setting the Boundaries of Technology,' in Edi, M., ed. Cybercultures. Interdisciplinary Press, EBook series, vol. 36. 2007
  • 'Causa Finalis': Assigning Technological Utility' in The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society Volume 1 (7) 2006
  • Viewing Technology. Issues in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics. Vol 1. Spring 2005
  • Viewing Technology: Some Initial Considerations - South Bank University 
Occasional Papers in Public Policy - May 1998

Professional activity and evidence of professional standing

Composed original music for:

  • Oedipus at Tate Britain Nov 2011
  • Alev Adil's multimedia performance Memory in the Deadzone 2011/12
  • Mairead McLean's State of Mind (http://vimeo.com/35644068)

Audio media

Presentations

Conference papers

Studio for Electronic Theatre: Co-organizer with N. Salihbegovic. Oedipus – as part of the Summer School in Electronic Arts Performance. This international group of artists, performers, musicians, set designers and director, performed at Stephen Lawrence Gallery (Aug 15-17 2011) and at Tate Britain Nov 2011, and the University of Greenwich 2013.

A Taxonomers Guide. Curating project on 'naming' in the arts. [Dec 2011]; working closely with the Curator of the Stephen Lawrence Gallery

Co-Keynote: Synthetic Life: From Ars Scientifica to Ars Erotica – The task of Philosophy, sound composition/installation. Text by J. Golding, Virtual Futures 2.0, International Symposium on Media and the Arts, (University of Warwick), June 18-19, 2011.

Echostate: Invited speaker. Formally experimenting with long-distance video link up. Echostate explores the relationship between technology and acoustic space (Humboldt University, Berlin Feb 2011).

Co-Keynote: The Thinking Robot's Guide to the Universe. (JFK Institute, Frie University of Berlin, 2010). Composer. Live philosophy/poetics installation.

A Sonic Economy – ICAS Conference University of Greenwich Oct 2009

Slow to Speak – Deleuze Conference University of Cologne Aug 2009

Think Tank: Zeroes and Ones: Art in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction, Composer; text by J. Golding, PACTAC (The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture, University of Victoria), Victoria CA June 4-7, 2009)

Invited Speaker: Dirty Theory: Philosophy at the Edge of Metaphysics, International Association of Philosophy and Literature (The IAPL, Brunel, June 2, 2009); Composer. Text by J. Golding

Co-Keynote. All's fair in love and war: the rhizomatic suspension of aesthetics (with apologies to Kierkegaard). Text soundscape/installation (music composition by Steve Kennedy); Art-Machine-Events, Frei University of Berlin, Feb 14-17, 2008.

Lecture/Seminar: The Assassination of Time: Discussion: Tisch, NY 2008

Panelist/Composer, Conversion on the Road to Damascus: Minority Report, The European Research Project for Poetics and Hermeneutics: Memory and Interpretation, The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje, Macedonia, Nov 16-17, 2007 and, installed as a fluxus 'happening' at Press-2- Exit Gallery, Skopje

And No Birds Do Sing (as part of a panel on Disruption Resistance & Spatial Metaphor). Inter: A European Cultural Studies Conference. Linkoping Sweden 2007

Camouflage: On Translation, Memory, Voice, Synaesthesia. (British Library, May 25, 2007). Co-organized and co-chaired the first Media Arts Philosophy International Roundtable [What is the Camou-Flaneur?] with 66 artists-scholars- designers from NY, Tokyo, Berlin, Cologne, London

Rebel Truce – Camouflage Conference, British Library London 2007

The Assassination of Time – International Symposium on Art and Society New York 2007 (audio presentation with Prof J. Golding)

Politics and Aesthetics: The Formalization of Technological Discourse' - Political Studies Association Conference Sunderland 2006

The Technology Agenda – Technology & Citizenship Symposium Montreal 2006

'Film as Discursive Practice.' CyberCultures Conference at Charles University, Prague 2005