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Jenny Keane

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20122012

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Dr. Jenny Keane is an Irish visual artist, lecturer, and researcher, based in Brighton, UK.

Keane’s practice is focused on the word ‘horrific’. Examining spatio-temporal installations and performative practices, Keane’s practice and research deals with the negative representation of the ‘monstrous’ female body, through the examination of narratives including horror films, myths, legends, and ghost stories.
 
Using pauses (drawings) or loops (videos) that challenge the constructions of linear narrative, Keane investigates the dichotomy between fear and desire, its relationship to language and connection to the female body. The work attempts to redefine the concept of the monstrous-feminine, avoiding the trap of the binary, so that the passive and destructive representation of the female body in horror can become an active and positive representation of female sexuality.
 
Keane studied for her BA at Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland, and then completed her MFA and PhD at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Keane has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and has presented her practice and research at various galleries and conferences in the UK, Ireland, China, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and USA. 

Scholarly biography

Jenny Keane 
Course Leader in BA (Hons) Moving Image, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.


EDUCATION 

PhD in Fine Art, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, 2008-2012.
Research Title: 'Between Fear and Fascination: The Horrific in Women's Contemporary Video Installation'
Supervisors: Dr. Suzanna Chan, Professor Alastair MacLennan, Dr. Alison Rowley, David Campbell.
Examiners: Professor Julia Knight, Dr. Cherie Driver, Professor Willie Doherty.

Masters in Fine Art (MFA), University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, 2006-2008.


B.A. First Class Honors in Fine Art, Limerick School of Art & Design, Ireland, 2002-2006.


EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions:

‘Abluo & The Lick Drawings’ Solo Exhibition, Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 2012. 
‘Abluo’ - Solo Exhibition, Platform Arts, Belfast, NI, 2012.
'The Lick Drawings' Solo Exhibition, Ceramic Works Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, 2009.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

KEEP IT DIRTY, vol., a, "Filth",  Punctum Books, Los Angeles, USA, 2016.
MIND IN THE FLESH - Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance, Dance Limerick, Ireland, 2014.
RUA - Royal Ulster Academy, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2013.
‘What Became of the People We Used To Be?’ Tulca – Curated by Greg McCartney, Galway, Ireland, 2012.
‘Instances of Agreement’ – Curated by Peter Richards, Kao Yuan Art Centre, Taiwan, 2012. 
‘Other Drawings’ - Curated by Breda Lynch, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland, 2012. 
‘Intimate Revolution’ - Curated by Fion Gunn, Siemens Art Space, Beijing, China, 2012. 
‘SCOPE’ Art Fair, New York, Represented by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, NI, 2012. 
‘Trans-Art’ Festival of Visual Art, Cavan, Ireland, 2012.
‘London Art Fair’, Represented by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, NI, 2012.
‘Mirror Machine’ Video Exhibition, Bluewall Gallery, Cavan, Ireland, 2011.
‘Synthesis’, Platform Arts, Queen Street, Belfast, NI, 2011.
‘(dis)Playing the Other’ - Curated by Eoin Dara, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, NI, 2011. 
‘Contemporary Art and the Moving Image’, Queens Film Theatre (QFT), Belfast, NI, 2011. 
‘Dark Waters’ - Curated by Jenny Keane, The Station, Belfast, NI, 2011. 
‘Catalyst Members Show’, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, NI, 2011.
‘The M-Machine' Exhibition, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, NI, 2010. 
‘UKYA’ (UK Young Artists) Exhibition, University of Derby, England, 2010. 
'MisFit' Group Exhibition, Mill St Gallery, Dublin 8, Ireland, 2010. 
‘NEU/NOW’ Festival, European League of Institutes of the Arts, ELIA, 2010. 
‘Live@8’ - Live Art and Video Screening, No. 8, Galway, Ireland, 2010.
'Play and Skinned Knees’, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, NI, 2010.
‘Catalyst Annual Student Show’, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, NI, 2009.
‘Warm Moving Bodies/Exquisite Corpse’, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, NI, 2009. 
‘PLATFORM No. 1’, Platform Arts, Queen Street, Belfast, NI, 2009.
‘MFA Graduate Show’, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, NI, 2008.
‘Black Box Video’, The Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast, NI, 2008.
‘Caution’ Interim Exhibition, Catalyst Arts, College Court, Belfast, NI, 2008.
‘MFA First Year Exhibition’, Old Golden Thread Gallery, Crumlin Road, Belfast, NI, 2007. 
‘You Can Come, Yes You Can’, Queen Street Gallery, Belfast, NI, 2007.

PUBLICATIONS

Essays in Edited Peer-Reviewed Books:
Keane, Jenny, ‘The Big Lick’, in Gluzman, Yelena; Yankelevich, Matvei (eds.), Emergency Index, Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, 2012.
Keane, Jenny, ‘Fragmented Fetishes: The Horrific in Contemporary Video Art’ in Davis, Laura K., Santos, Cristina (eds.), The Monster Imagined: Humanity’s Re-Creation of Monsters and Monstrosity, Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2010.

Essays in Edited Peer-Reviewed eBooks:
Keane, Jenny, ‘Lesbian Representation in Contemporary Video’, in Private Lives. Public Lives: New Research Across the Disciplines, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2010.
Keane, Jenny, ‘The Problem of Representability: Lesbian Depiction in the Horror Film and Contemporary Art’, in Evil Women and the Feminine 2, Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2010.
Keane, Jenny, ‘Monstrosity’ in Media Modes: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, The School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, 2009.
Keane, Jenny, ‘Fragmented Fetishes: Monstrosity in Female Video Art’, in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil, Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2009.

Art Reviews:
‘Jenny Keane - Abluo and The Lick Drawings’ by Sarah Lincoln, Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Published by Visual Artists Ireland, Jan-Feb Issue 1, 2013.
‘Interview with Visual Artist Jenny Keane’ by Sarah Commane, Published by TheUrgeToCreate.com, November 2012.
‘Household, Ormeau Road area, Belfast’ by Slavka Sverakova, Published by Circa – Contemporary Art in Ireland Online, August 2012.
‘Fair Review: SCOPE Art Fair, New York City’ by Aban Sonia, Published by livefastmag.com, March 2012.
Review of ‘The Centre for Studies in Otherness Postgraduate Symposium’, Published by Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Online, March 2012.
‘Instances of Agreement, at Kao Yuan Art Centre, Tiawan’ by Peter Richards, Published by Golden Thread Gallery Online, Nov 2012.
‘Jenny Keane Explores Imagery in Horror: A distillation of horror's iconic bathroom scenes at Belfast Platform for the Arts’ by Tammy Moore, Published by Culture Northern Ireland Online, Feb 2012.
‘Gesamtkunstwerk‘ by Michael Clarke, Published by macnovel.org.uk, Jan 2012.
‘(dis)playing the Other @ Catalyst Arts: An artistic exploration of the light and dark of queer identity’ by Harriet Pittard, Published by Culture Northern Ireland Online, July 2011.
‘Jenny Keane: Tongue Tied’ by Ben Crothers, Published by atticusandalgernon.weebly.com, 2011.
‘Exposition troublante de Jenny Keane: Dessiner avec la langue’ by Jean-Samuel Nadeau, Published by Suite 101 Online – Arts Visuels & Arts Plastiques, April 2011.

Art Magazines:
‘Desire and Dust’ ABRIDGED 0-23 Magazine, Published by Abridged, 2011.‘Absence’ ABRIDGED 0-18 Magazine, Published by Abridged, 2010.


Exhibition Catalogues:
‘Abluo & The Lick Drawings’, Edited by Karl Wallace, Published by Siamsa Tire, 2012. ‘dis(playing) the Other’ Catalogue, Edited by Eoin Dara, Published by Catalyst Arts, 2011. ‘Platform 2’ Catalogue, Edited by Fiona Goggin, Published by Platform Arts, 2010.
‘PANI: Performance Art Northern Ireland’, Edited by Brian Connolly, Published by Bbeyond, 2010.
‘MFA Catalogue’, Edited by David Campbell, Published by University of Ulster, 2008.


CONFERENCES

'Private Lives. Public Lives: New Research Across the Disciplines' Paper: 'Lesbian Representation in Contemporary Video', University of Brighton, Brighton, England, 2010.
'Research Graduate School Conference' Paper: ‘Horror in Women’s Video Art’, University of Ulster, Belfast, NI, 2010. 'Second Global Conference of Evil Women and the Feminine', Paper: 'The Problem of Representability: Lesbian Depiction in the Horror Film & Contemporary Art'. Michna Palace, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010.
'Media Modes: At the Intersection of Art and Technology' Paper: 'Body, Identity and Virtual Space'
The School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, USA, 2009. 
‘Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil'
Paper: 'Fragmented Fetishes: Monstrosity & Desire in Women's Contemporary Art'. Mansfield Hall, Oxford, England, 2009.


LECTURING

Course Leader in BA (Hons) Moving Image, Nov 2017-Present, University of Brighton, Brighton, England.

Lecturer in MA Fine Art, March 2015 - Nov 2017, Plymouth College of Art, Devon, England.

Programme Leader in BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sept 2014 - Nov 2017, Plymouth College of Art, Devon, England.

Lecturer in BA Fine Art, First Year Co-Ordinator, April 2014 - Sept 2014, Plymouth College of Art, Devon, England.

Lecturer in FAD (Foundation Diploma in Art and Design) and Level 0 (Foundation Degree in Art and Design),August 2013-June 2014, Plymouth College of Art, Devon, England.

Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art - Printmaking Department, April 2012. Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT), Clare Street, Limerick, Ireland. 

Part-Time Lecturer in Art Theory - Writing and Research for 1st Years: Discourses in Visual Culture, February – April 2011. Faculty of Art and Design, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, NI.

Visiting Lecturer - Masters of Fine Art (MFA), February – May 2012. MFA Department, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, NI.

Part-Time Lecturer in Art Theory - Writing and Research for 2nd Years: Discourses in Visual Culture, February – April 2011. Faculty of Art and Design, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast, NI.

Undergraduate theory courses taught in:
Gender and Sexuality, Feminism, Horror in Art, Modernism & Post-modernism, Socially Engaged Practices/Art in Public, Aesthetics, Conceptualism, Performance, Video/Video Installation, Phenomenology, Art and Audiences, Art and Politics, Curation.

Art workshops/seminars taught in:
Printmaking (Intaglio: etching, photo-etching, drypoint, aquatint, monoprint, Chine-collé; screen printing: photo-emulsion, CMYK),
Drawing techniques (for print, animation, sketch books, life drawing),
Photography (B&W, colour, large-format, digital, Adobe Photoshop),
Video Art (Video installation, green/blue screen, animation, Final Cut Pro/FCPX, Premiere, Flash, After Effects, Dreamweaver, DVD/Blu-Ray burning equipment),
Sound editing programmes (Audacity, Cubase, Soundtrack Pro),
Performance (Live, performance to camera, gallery versus public spaces).


CURATION

‘Domestos’ - Martin Boyle; Mary Cowan; Colin Darke; Catherine Devlin; Mairead Dunne; Jenny Keane; Breda Lynch; Hugh O’Donnell; Anne Quail. Household Contemporary Art Festival, Ormeau Road, Belfast, NI, 2012.
‘Dark Waters’: An Exhibition of 12 International Video Artists - Sue de Beer [USA]; Cecily Brennan [Ireland]; Gabriela Fridriksdottir [Iceland]; Anna Jermolaewa [Russia]; Jenny Keane [Ireland]; Sigalit Landau [Israel]; Irene Loughlin [Canada]; Breda Lynch [Ireland]; Chloe Piene [USA]; Mika Rottenberg [Argentina]; Louise Shine [Ireland]; Catherine Street [Scotland]. The Station, 21 Queen St, Belfast, NI, 2011.
Student ev+a Exhibition – 25 student artists (Main ev+a curation by Katerina Gregos). Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland, 2006.


AWARDS & COLLECTIONS

RUA (Royal Ulster Academy), Artist Selection, 2013.
Support for the Individual Artist Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2012.
Best Exhibition Award, Research Graduate School, University of Ulster, Belfast, 2011. 
Siamsa Tire Emerging Art Award Shortlist, Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee, Kerry, Ireland, 2011. 
NEU/NOW Festival Award, European League of Institutes of the Arts, 2010.
UK Young Artist Award, University of Derby, England, 2010.
Support for the Individual Artist Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2010.
LCC Artist Award, Limerick City Council, Limerick, Ireland, 2009.

Collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Private Collections in Ireland, USA, Australia, China, and the UK.

Represented by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.
Represented by The Drawing Center, NY, Viewing Programme.

Supervisory Interests

Keane accepts supervisory submissions from areas of Fine Art, particularly exploring feminism, horror, lesbian representation and queer theory, video and multi-media installation. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Ulster

20082012

Award Date: 15 Mar 2012

Master, University of Ulster

20062008

Award Date: 2 Jun 2008

Bachelor, Limerick Institute of Technology

20022006

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

External positions

External Examiner, University of Bedfordshire

20172020

Keywords

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Feminist Theory
  • Lesbian Representation
  • Queer Theory
  • Horror
  • Video Art
  • Video Installation
  • Multi-Media Installation
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Freudian Theory
  • Kristeva
  • Bracha-Ettinger
  • Language
  • Abjection
  • Disgust
  • Monstrous-Feminine

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