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Dr Alan Dunn


About Dr Alan Dunn

Alan Dunn studied at Glasgow School of Art and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research explores new models for curating content for non-gallery audiences and his recent PhD considered the relationship between sound art and the everyday.

Dr. Alan Dunn (b. 1967, Glasgow) was curator of The Bellgrove Station Billboard Project (Glasgow 1990-91), lead artist on the tenantspin project (FACT, Liverpool 2001-7) and recently completed a PhD on sound art based on the 10xCD opus 'The sounds of ideas forming.'

Through these projects Dunn has developed collaborative content with Bill Drummond, Douglas Gordon, Yoko Ono, Philip Jeck, Pauline Oliveros and Brian Eno. He currently lives and works in Liverpool and is a Reader in Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University.

In 2012 he was short-listed for the Liverpool Art Prize and is the joint arts editor of the online journal Stimulus Respond. He is a Board Member of East Street Arts in Leeds and co-owner of Alternator Studio in Birkenhead.

Current Teaching

  • MA Fine Art
  • BA Fine Art
  • PhD supervision

Dunn is the Research Degrees Coordinator for the School of Art, Architecture & Design.

Research Interests

Alan's current research is twofold. One area concentrates on the recent technical developments in electronic billboards and their potential to host artistic content. In January 2016 he curated one hour's worth of content for Europe's largest moving image screen opposite Lime Street station in Liverpool, commencing his 'FOUR WORDS' project that has since seen iterations at Bath Spa University, Leeds Tech Hub and on Channel 4.

The second area is an ongoing investigation into the relationship between sound art and the everyday, using live events, CDs and broadcasts to introduce new audiences to audio material from a range of professionals and community members. This research has been recognised by Arts Council England amongst others as good practice in the development of non-gallery cultural practice and by academics in relation to sound art pedagogy.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (16)

Artefacts (3)

Artworks (33)

  • Dunn A (In press) Miniatures, part of Circuit Bridgeshttp://www.gallerymc.org/h/
  • Ratcliff P; Dunn A (2017) Journey through the mirror poolhttp://alandunn67.co.uk/mirrorpool.html
  • Dunn A (2014) STUPLEX001: greenonred
  • Dunn A (2014) Colonize: noumenon
  • Dunn A (2014) SIGN UP
  • Dunn A (2013) The Curfew Towerhttp://www.statictrading.com/?p=1520
  • Dunn A (2013) London Road 1966
  • Dunn A (2013) tunnelblind
  • Dunn A (2013) London Road 1981http://www.electronicvoicephenomena.net/index.php/liverpool/
  • Dunn A (2012) The Ghost Telegrams (Volume 1)
  • Dunn A (2012) "Soundtrack to a catastrophic world" review by norient
  • Dunn A (2012) Adventures in Numb4rland
  • Dunn A (2012) Everyday People (part 3)
  • Dunn A (2012) Everyday People (parts 1 and 2)
  • Dunn A (2011) GAUMONT
  • Dunn A (2011) SPIES
  • Dunn A (2011) Everyday People
  • Dunn A (2011) "A history of background" review by Clive Bellhttp://thewire.co.uk/archive/issues/329
  • Dunn A (2010) Heatshield on a silver moon
  • Dunn A (2010) Night of the broadcast 1888
  • Dunn A (2010) CANAL&
  • Dunn A (2010) Topping Out
  • Dunn A; Parry B (2010) Soundtrack to a catastrophic world
  • Dunn A (2010) Grey is the colour of hope
  • Dunn A (2009) PRIVATE ... AYEhttp://lightnightleeds.co.uk/
  • Dunn A (2009) Artists' uses of the word 'revolution'
  • Dunn A (2008) Por Convencion Ferrer
  • Dunn A (2008) La Dolce Vita
  • Dunn A (2008) Music for the Williamson Tunnels
  • Dunn A (2008) nogozoneshttp://nogozones.wordpress.com/
  • Dunn A (2008) MOTTO
  • Dunn A (2008) Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel
  • Dunn A (2008) Popped

Books (1)

  • Dunn A (2015) Music for The Williamson Tunnels: A collection of the sound of dripping water, cited Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond.

Chapters (7)

Compositions (3)

Conference contributions (3)

  • Dunn A (2016) SuperBlock ProtoHome, Newcastle 15/07/2016.
  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of ideas forming 15/05/2014.
  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of ideas forming: Artists' uses of the word revolution. Goldsmiths, University of London and The Courtauld Institute of Art. 15/05/2014.

Exhibitions (56)

Films or broadcasts (36)

  • INVISIBLE OBJECT (In press) Dunn A. radio-on-berlin.com: http://www.radio-on-berlin.com/?p=5722
  • Sechzig (2016) Dunn A. :
  • Listening Booth (2016) Dunn A. :
  • The sounds of an art school, with Chris Watson and Leeds Beckett students (2015) Dunn A. :
  • Broadcast of The Ghost Telegrams, as part of Radipphrenia, curated by Mark Vernon (2015) Dunn A. : http://radiophrenia.scot/
  • Music for empty spaces (2015) Dunn A. :
  • RADIO ON (2015) Dunn A. :
  • Project Radio (2015) Dunn A. :
  • The Dark Outside FM/Sanctuary (2015) Dunn A. :
  • RADIO ON (2015) Dunn A. :
  • NUMBERS.FM (2015) Dunn A. :
  • (h)ear XL II (2014) Dunn A. : http://www.h-ear.org/actual1.html
  • Sound Museum of Silence (2014) Dunn A. : http://20decibel.blogspot.it/2014/09/track-042-233-rec-on-mobile-on-no-music.html
  • RADIO ON (2014) Dunn A. :
  • basic.fm (2014) Dunn A. :
  • PMS, BBC Radio Merseyside (2014) Dunn A. :
  • Intermission (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Walking in the city (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Süden Radio (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Radio Panik 105.4fm (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Soundartradio (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Secret Thirteen (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Radio Panik 105.4FM (2013) Dunn A. :
  • Artists' uses of the word 'revolution' (2012) Dunn A. :
  • Droit de cities: Artists' uses of the word 'revolution' (2012) Dunn A. :
  • Maggots to Markets (2012) Dunn A. :
  • Black Dogs FM (2012) Dunn A. :
  • Liverpool Art Prize (2012) Dunn A. :
  • SHAFT (2011) Dunn A. : http://resonancefm.com/
  • The Zone (2011) Dunn A. :
  • A history of background (2011) Dunn A. :
  • Soundgate (2010) Dunn A. :
  • Short Fuse (2010) Dunn A. : http://www.shortfuse2010.co.uk/
  • All the lonely people (2010) Dunn A. : http://resonancefm.com/
  • Ends & Entries (2008) Dunn A. : http://o94.at/radio/sendereihe/ends-entries/
  • nogozones, webradio broadcast and limited edition audio CD curated by Claudia Wegener and Terry Humphrey (2008) Dunn A. :

Internet publications (4)

  • Dunn A (2014), The sounds of an artist with a bag - Radio Continental Drifthttp://www.stimulusrespond.com/
  • Dunn A (2012), Black Online
  • Dunn A (2012), Ailis Ni Riain
  • Dunn A (2011), Bill Drummond's Curfew Tower.

Media (3)

Newspaper or magazine articles (3)

  • Dunn A (In press) Please Hold Magazine
  • Dunn A (2016) Pictures of... Four Words on a giant electronic billboard
  • Dunn A (2012) SOUNDWORKS

Other (27)

  • Dunn A (2016) Invisible Object
  • Dunn A (2016) DadaSounds
  • Dunn A (2016) FOUR WORDS
  • Dunn A (2015) PNEM Sound Art Festival
  • Dunn A (2015) work on the line
  • Dunn A (2015) goldonred
  • Dunn A (2015) Grey library for a closed airport
  • Dunn A (2015) Other Worlds Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art
  • Dunn A (2015) Radiophrenia
  • Dunn A (2015) The Winter's Tale UK International Radio Drama Festival
  • Dunn A (2014) Transnational Express
  • Dunn A (2013) Art Lab
  • Dunn A (2013) Electronic Voice Phenomenon
  • Dunn A (2013) Composers Laboratory
  • Dunn A (2013) noises festival
  • Dunn A (2012) Soundwalk2012
  • Dunn A (2012) STRANGE ATTRACTOR @ STUDIO SOTO
  • Dunn A (2012) Hilltown New Music Festival
  • Dunn A (2012) V22 Summer Radio Club
  • Dunn A (2012) Liverpool Art Prize
  • Dunn A (2012) Open Curate-It
  • Dunn A (2012) Open Network
  • Dunn A (2012) 44
  • Dunn A (2012) Boredom
  • Dunn A (2012) Adventures in Numb4rland
  • Dunn A (2011) A history of background
  • Dunn A (2011) Forest Fringe Travelling Sounds Library

Peer reviews (artworks/exhibitions) (2)

Performances (7)

Theses or dissertations (1)

  • Dunn A (2014) The sounds of ideas forming: the relationship between sound art and the everyday
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