Néill O’Dwyer, Ph.D.

Position: PostDoc Reseracher (Creative Director)
Location: Stack B, Custom House Quay
Email: odwyerne(at)scss.tcd.ie
Phone: +01 896 8170
Skype: neillodwyer

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Néill O’Dwyer, Ph.D., is an artist and practice-based research fellow for the V-SENSE project, based in the Department of Computer Science, at Trinity College Dublin, under the Creative Technologies remit. He formerly worked as a research fellow at the Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), in the Trinity’s Department of Drama. He completed his Ph.D. Viva in March 2016. He continues to have part-time academic teaching duties in the drama department. He is a co-editor of the newly published Palgrave book, The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual, Towards the Real (2015). He is a member of the international Digital Studies Network initiated by the Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI), at the Pompidou Centre, and he is an associate research fellow of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM). Néill’s ongoing research in digital art investigates contingent artistic possibilities arising from prosthetic and symbiotic processes during human–computer interaction, how one can inform the other and why this is useful in broader sociopolitical contexts.

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Jonathan Swift in VR/AR- Long Room Project

  The Long Room holds a very special place in the hearts of students, staff, alumni of Trinity College Dublin, ...
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Virtual Play: Beckettian Experiments in Virtual Reality by authors Nicholas E. Johnson and Néill O’Dwyer

The past ten years have seen extensive experimentation with Beckett and new technological media at Trinity College Dublin. Research projects ...
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Virtual Play, after Samuel Beckett

Virtual Play is a reinterpretation of Samuel Beckett’s ground-breaking 1963 text, Play, with a view to engaging a 21st Century viewership that is ...
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Books and Book Chapters

  • Causey, M., Meehan, E., O’Dwyer, N. (Eds.), 2015. The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual Towards the Real, Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
  • ‘The Cultural Critique of Bernard Stiegler: Reflecting on the Computational Performances of Klaus Obermaier’, in Causey, M., Meehan, E., O’Dwyer, N. (Eds.), 2015. The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual Towards the Real, Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, London..

Peer-reviewed Research Journal Articles

Conference Papers

  • ‘From Engineer to Programmer: A genealogy of the scenographic engineer and contemporary pedagogical implications’, Conference: International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), University of Stockholm, Sweden. (Reserved for publication in Theatre and Performance Design Journal).
  • ‘Death and Ecstasy: Reflections on a Technological Sublime’, Conference: European Society of Aesthetics (ESA), University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • ‘Beckett’s Grammatisation of Memory: A re-reading of Krapp’s Last Tape’, Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) Conference: Tradition, Transition and Transformation: Performance and Cultural Dynamics, Institute for Technology, Tralee, Co.  Kerry
  • ‘Algorithmic Scenography: The Increasing Responsibility and Autonomy of Machines in Performance’. Conference: ‘Performing Objects/Performing Space’, Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Scenography Working Group, and Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  • ‘Transformations & The Dialectic of the Digitisation of Art’, Conference: Reflecting on transformations: careers, disciplines and methods, Digital Arts and Humanities Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • Interactive Scenography: Stratification & The Dialectic of the Mathematisation of Art. Conference: ‘Theatre and Stratification’, International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) World Congress, University of Warwick, UK.
  • ‘From Adorno to Stiegler: Cultural critique and the computational performances of  Klaus Obermaier’, School of Drama, Film and Music Research Seminar, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  • ‘Responsive Environments in Theatre: Playing off the System & Setscape Architecture’, Symposium: Media artist at the crossroads of new performing environments, Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre, T7, University of Tampere, Finland.
  • ‘The Symbiotic Performance Systems of Klaus Obermaier: Deleuzian Becomings and  Artificial Life’, Conference: ‘Re-Routing Performance / Re-caminant l’escena’ International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), Annual Conference, Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain.
  • ‘Reconsidering the script: Possibilities for digital contingencies in performance art’. Symposium: ‘Dancing with Fire: Performance, Technology, Objects, and Environments’, in Association with Dublin Dance Festival, hosted by Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.