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Dr Caleb Kelly

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Sound in art, Media Art, Art schools, eLearning and On-line learning.

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Associate Professor Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts. He is a researcher within the National Institute of Experimental Arts in UNSW Art & Design.

In 2009 he published his first book, entitled Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, through MIT Press. He has also edited Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery in London), part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Kelly's third...view more

Associate Professor Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts. He is a researcher within the National Institute of Experimental Arts in UNSW Art & Design.

In 2009 he published his first book, entitled Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, through MIT Press. He has also edited Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery in London), part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Kelly's third book entitled, Gallery Sound was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017.

Kelly is a curator whose exhibitions deal with strategies for the display of contemporary art that is filled with sound. Most recently he curated Material Sound for MAMA, Albury in 2018. The exhibition included six installations by Australian artists who work with sound. The exhibition, with the funding support of the Australian Council for the Arts, will tour ten art museums in Australia between 2020-2023. In 2019 he curated Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College in the USA. He also curated a large exhibition entitled Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the City Gallery in Wellington, NZ in 2013/2014. 

Kelly's research interests are focused in the sound arts, contemporary art, media arts and art theory. His research has led to a rethinking of how art is listened to, historically and in contemporary practice. Kelly coordinates the research group Sound, Energies and Environments (http://see.unsw.edu.au/)

In 2015 Kelly was the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Completed Doctoral Students:
  • Rodney Swan (PhD): The Resistance and Resurgence: The Cultural and Political Dynamic of the Livre d’Artiste and the German Occupation of France (2016)
  • Nathan Thompson (PhD, Practice-based): Organisation and Sound: Environmental Systems in Experimental Music (2017)
  • Andrew Brooks (PhD): A Poetics of Interruption: fugitive speech acts and the politics of noise (2018)
  • Thomas Smith (PhD, Practice-based), Generic Artistic Strategies and Ambivalent Affect (2019)
Current Doctoral Students:
  • Justin Harvey (PhD, Practice-based): Visual Feedback Systems
  • Richard Keys (PhD): Soundscape and Data Sonification
  • Jasmine Guffond (PhD, Practice-based): Sound and Surveillance 
  • Liam Bray  (PhD): Computationally creative systems
  • Steffan Ianigro (PhD, Practice-based): Evolutionary Algorithms as composition tools for finding creative material.
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