Meet the fabulous people behind our organisation.
Without their tireless efforts, WISWOS would not be where it is today!
Dr. Linda O Keeffe is a sound artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is head of the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art. She is founder of the Women in Sound Women on Sound (WISWOS) organisation, Editor-in-Chief for the Interference Journal, a journal of audio cultures. She Co-Founded the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association in 2009 and was President from 2015-17.
O Keeffe has had works performed and exhibited in Asia, the USA, Brazil, Canada and Europe. In 2018 O Keeffe was awarded the Arts Council of England international travel award to undertake a large research project which included touring Brazil giving talks, performances and organising workshops, symposia and outreach activities. During this time she released two albums (album 1, album 2) and published a paper, Applying Feminist Methodologies in the Sonic Arts: Sound Walking as a Process, full paper here.
Other recent works include; an exhibition at the New Art Exchange (NAE) Gallery Nottingham 2017, a commission for the Ormston Gallery as part of EV&A festival in Ireland 2016, Murder Machine, a solo exhibition for the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in 2014, ‘Spaces of Sound and Radio Spaces’, and in 2017 was commissioned to be part of the creative team developing an interactive and immersive theatre production in Manchester at The Horsefall space. Her work is predominantly sound based with a focus on installation and performance as well as soundscape studies. She has created works for radio, dance and public installation projects. In 2010 she released an album with Farpoint recordings, Metamorphosis and Praxis and collaborative albums with Artificial Memory Trace in 2012 and 2017. Her written publications include, ‘Thinking Through New Methodologies-Sounding out the city with teenagers’, published by the Qualitative Sociological Review (2015), ‘Memories of sound: socioeconomic, community and cultural soundscapes of Smithfield, Dublin from the 1950s’ (2016) in the 2nd Ed. of the Auditory Culture Reader, and Reclaiming Public Space: Sound and Mobile Media Use by Teenagers, published in the International Journal of Communication (2015).
In 2015 she was a recipient of the Information Knowledge Exchange Award from Lancaster University for the development of her organisation. In 2017 O Keeffe, Tony Doyle and Rebecca Collins received the Research In A Box grant from Lancaster University to develop the online eduction toolkit, Activating Women In Sound. O Keeffe has received numerous commissions and arts funding, both in Ireland and internationally, including the Irish Artists Bursary Award.
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Rebecca Collins is an artist, researcher and lecturer working at the intersection between contemporary performance and sound studies. Her practice, grounded in specific sites or communities, investigates the relationships between social, political and cultural phenomena.
She is interested in how critical, fictional and performative interventions might cultivate attention towards our contemporary condition indicating potential levers for change. She is concerned with sharing her scholarship and practice through multiple outcomes which might include performed material, exhibitions, screenings, workshops and publications.
Rebecca currently lectures on the English and Theatre degree program with Workshop Theatre at the University of Leeds. She received a PhD in Theatre and Performance from Aberystwyth University. Prior to this, she was awarded an MA in Performance and a BA in English and Drama, both from Queen Mary University of London. She also received a subsequent MA from the University of Alcala in Performance and Visual Cultures.
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Tony Doyle is a composer/academic based in Lancaster UK. Formal studies include undergraduate classical and jazz performance and composition and a masters in music and media technologies. Doyle also completed an Irish Research Council funded PhD at the Digital Media Arts Research Centre (DMARC) University of Limerick. The research focused on spatial audio development and multichannel composition. He has also worked on spatial audio projects in the UK.
Doyle has performed in Ireland the UK, Holland, Chicago and Japan. He has studied contemporary composition techniques with Ensemble Modern in Japan (Funded by Culture Ireland) and the Irish Contemporary Composition Summer School (ConTempo String Quartet). He has lectured, guest lecturerd and been an invited speaker at Dublin City University, Lancaster University, Ulster University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Doyle has been a board member for ISSTA (2014-2016) and is also an Editor and Journal Manager for the Interference Journal of Audio Cultues (2014-present)Website
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Joanna Helms is a musicologist and educator with research interests in music and sound production for broadcast media and the early history of electronic music. Joanna has presented work on the development of sound effects on early American radio at the National Broadcasting Company, and on new media and participation in the promotion of contemporary classical music in the US and Europe. She is currently writing a dissertation on mid-twentieth-century electronic music production at Italian state media network Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI).
Having played and taught flute for many years, Joanna has more recently taken up electric bass. She has also been active as a fundraising committee member and camp band manager at Girls Rock North Carolina, and previously organized concerts, lectures, and participatory events as a co-founder of the Experimental Music Study Group in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area.
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Diana Chester is an artist, musician, technologist, and educator. Her work draws from sound studies, archival studies, and ethnography. Her research is focussed on the sonic nuance of religious traditions and festivals around the world. Diana holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Porto.
Ting Shuo Hear Say is an organisation based in Tainan, Taiwan with sound at the centre of its activities. They engage with a diverse community through focussing on participation and accessibility; facilitating public encounters with contemporary listening and sound creation practices from around the world.
Ting Shuo is run by Alice Hui-Sheng Chang and Nigel Brown. They have been making experimental music since 2003. They both have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sound from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 2006. Alice has also completed a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice from MIECAT, Melbourne in 2014. They have performed and participated in residencies in Asia, Europe and Australia.
Listen to and find out more about their work here:
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Octopus Collective are an sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula. We produce and commission new work from the most innovative of contemporary composers and sound artists under the Full of Noises banner. Since forming in 2009, we have produced over one hundred events, including four biennial festivals, showcasing new work by over two hundred artists.
Starting life in the former canteen building of a Trident submarine plant, Full of Noises has hosted artists including AGF, Laura Cannell, Lee Gamble Tetsuo Kogawa, Ryoko Akama, Minoru Sato, SoundFjord and Philip Jeck. Touring events have taken place with partners and venues including Cafe OTO, the Liverpool Biennial, Delia Derbyshire Day, the São Paulo Biennial, Beacons Festival and National Trust Castles in the Lake District.
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The Yorkshire Sound Women Network is a sound network for women in Yorkshire and beyond! We set up to bring like-minded women together; to share knowledge and skills in music and sound technology, sonic arts, production, audio electronics and, well, basically anything to do with using kit to make sound!
Sonora is a collaborative network that brings together artists and researchers interested in feminist expressions in the arts context, especially the Brazilian and Latin American issues. Sonora's proposals are the creation and occupation of artistic and academic spaces, and, in addition, conducting research and discussions on various aspects of musical activities.
These proposals takes place through three regular activities: a Study Group, with discussions of texts and listening sessions; the Voices series, which gets women artists to talk about their own work; and the Visions series, which gets researchers who work in gender and feminisms areas. Sonora is crossed by uncertainties, indefinitions, reticences, openings, affectivities, sensitivities, noise… which gives it a mutant profile that is open to endless collaborations. More info about Sonora can be found at our site.
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Lancaster Arts is an award-winning arts provider based at Lancaster University. It reflects the commitment of its major funders – Lancaster University and Arts Council England - in supporting cultural and artistic engagement at the highest level through a programme of internationally renowned contemporary theatre, dance, visual art and classical music.
Lancaster Arts works with distinctive campus-based performance spaces - the Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Great Hall - and invites a broad public audience to experience work produced with a range of arts partners across Lancashire, Cumbria and beyond.
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Lancaster University, also officially known as the University of Lancaster, is a public research university in the City of Lancaster, Lancashire, England. Lancaster is one of only six collegiate universities in the UK; the colleges are weakly autonomous. The eight undergraduate colleges are named after places of interest in the North West of England. It is currently one of only seven universities to be ranked in the top 10 across all national league tables of UK universities.
Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible score in the UK government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings. Our TEF Gold rating is based on high quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities and the good careers our graduates go into.
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We have a small but diverse team based in South East London at Goldsmiths, University of London – made up of collaborating staff and student volunteers from the departments of Music, Computing, and Media & Communications. In 2016 they ran the S.E.E. Sond Education Experience conference event and across 2017 a series of socials, workshops and concerts. The team develop their programming informed by the local sound landscape, concerns and interests, in tandem with input from the WISWOS founders and wider network. They have been kindly supported in their programming so far by The Goldsmiths Annual Fund and the Music Department.
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