Born in Northern Ireland in 1979, I completed my PhD in 2008 at University of Ulster, Belfast, in the School of Art and Design. I have held lecturing contracts with Dartington College of Arts, University of Ulster and University York St. John, where I currently work full-time as senior lecturer in fine art.
My research focuses on digital technologies and the interrelation of creativity and politics. This subject is of great importance to me and my work in this field is greatly influenced by my experiences growing up in Northern Ireland during the period of social conflict known as The Troubles. My understanding of politics, social theory and history combined with my expansive knowledge of art and various making techniques – including computer programming – has led me to conceive a multifaceted, cross disciplinary art practice and to participate in many international exhibitions, conferences, meetings, publications and dialogues in various countries including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, America, Canada and Taiwan.
I live in York where I continue to be active, collaborating with individuals, groups and organisations who are also interested in critically questioning the historical and contextual politics of creative endeavour. My current practice continues my engagement with politics and creativity through the lens of digital technologies, with a particular focus on practical and theoretical explorations of the Internet of Things. I am a member of the international Think Tank, The Internet of Things Council.