Alan Dunn

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Currently based
Affiliated institution
Leeds Beckett University

Dr Alan Dunn studied at Glasgow School of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago. He was curator of The Bellgrove Station Billboard Project (Glasgow, 1990-91), lead-artist on the tenantspin project (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool 2001-7) and between 2008-14 he completed a Ph.D. 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, Chris Watson, Yoko Ono, Philip Jeck, Pauline Oliveros and Brian Eno.

Dunn has presented and published works with ICA, Tate Britain, BBC and MIT Press. He currently lives and works in Liverpool and is a Reader in Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University. He is the joint arts editor of the online journal Stimulus Respond, a co-founder of Alternator Studio and Project Space in Birkenhead and was Board Member of East Street Arts (2016-20). He initiated the digital FOUR WORDS project in 2016 and recently curated the 2xLP collection Conversations with the Anthony Burgess cassette archive released on the eminent Belgian label Sub-Rosa. He is currently part of the sonic advisory team for the National Science and Media Museum and between 2020-22 will undertake the AHRC-funded networking event Hear us O Lord from heaven thy dwelling place jointly with Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool Maritime Museum. Website:

Education, professional qualifications and awards

2018 Reader in Art & Design, Leeds Beckett University
2008-14 Leeds Beckett University, PhD by Previous Publication; The sounds of ideas forming: the relationship between sound art and the everyday
1989-91 Glasgow School of Art, Masters' Degree in Fine Art
1990 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.F A. Program (Winter Semester)
1985-89 Glasgow School of Art, BA Hons Fine Art, Dept Environmental Art
1986 Glasgow School of Art JD Kelly Award for First Year Studies

Selected work experience

1991-date Self-employed artist
2018-21 Bluecoat and Belong, artist in residence on ‘Where the Arts Belong’ art and dementia project
2016-21 National Media Museum, Bradford, advisor to sound exhibitions
2016-20 Board member, East Street Arts, Leeds
2012- Co-owner, Alternator Studio, Birkenhead
2008-date Chair, 67projects
2013 Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA), submission reviewer
2011-date Stimulus Respond, Arts Editor for online journal
2001-2007 FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), tenantspin Programme Manager, Liverpool, lead artist on webcasting project
2000 Great North Run, artist in residence in collaboration with ISIS Arts
1999 The Big Issue In The North, Manchester, artist in residence
1999 Liverpool Billboard Project, independent organiser and co-curator with Godfrey Burke, presenting new works from Fiona Banner, Willie Doherty, Pierre Huyghe, Langlands & Bell, Erwin Wurm and Felix Gonzales-Torres

1998-9 Wirral Drugs Service/Tate Gallery Liverpool, project artist
1996 Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Football Artist In Residence (euro '96)
1994 Washington DC Very Special Olympics Arts, USA, artist in residence
1990-91 Bellgrove Station Billboard Project, Glasgow, project organiser presenting new works by Pavel Büchler, Douglas Gordon, Jim Kelman, Brigitte Jurack, Ross Sinclair, Grennan & Sperandio and Thomas Lawson
1987-89 Easterhouse Arts Project, Glasgow, sessional arts worker &
committee member

Selected exhibitions & non-gallery works

2020 CAGED, collaborative live radio broadcast with staff and students from Leeds Beckett University, as part of the ANTIVIRUS project on p-node curated by Dinah Bird, Paris.
2019 Conversations with the Anthony Burgess cassette archive, curated 2xLP set with Sub-Rosa and Anthony Burgess Foundation
2019 NEO Screen Festival, curated by Another Ideal For Living, Manchester in collaboration with Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order)
2019 FOUR WORDS: FUTURE, curated animation and soundtrack on Channel 4 in collaboration with Metal, Karl Bartos, RedmenTV, Amina Abbas-Nazari, Scanner and Mark Stewart.
2018 Reflect Your Future, collaborative radio broadcast, WDR, Germany
2018 RADIA OPEN, broadcast and event, Centro D’Arte, Pollini Auditorium, Padova, Italy
2018 JRM (Jardin de Recherches Musicales), Paris, presentation of 12” dubplate Everybody, look surprised! in collaboration with Shimmer Twin and BasementArtsProject
2017 ANTI Festival, presentation of Music for the Williamson Tunnels, in collaboration with Jeff Young, Kuopio, Finland
2017 Beefheart On The Beach, collaborative engagement event, in collaboration with Bluecoat, New Brighton.
2017 Cultural Hijack curated by Ben Parry, ARCHIP, Prague
2016 Invisible Object, audio work in collaboration with Sculpture Department, Estonia Academy of Art, Tallinn, broadcast on RADIO ON, Berlin
2015 RADIO ON, broadcast of RETROGRADE, in collaboration with Manchester School of Art students, curated by Rinus van Alebeek, Berlin
2015 PNEM Sound Art Festival, curated by Antoon Versteegde, Unem, Netherlands
2015 The Dark Outside FM/Sanctuary, broadcast, in collaboration with Valerie Vivancos, curated by Frenchbloke, The Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park
2015 Circuit Bridges, curated by Patricia Walsh, MC Gallery, New York
2014 (h)ear XL II, Multimedia Sound Art Exhibition, presentation of The sounds of ideas forming, curated by Mike Kramer, Kunstencentrum Signe, Netherlands
2014 PITCH AND PATCH, presentation of Artists’ uses of the word revolution, curated by muk, Grunbach, Austria
2014 Transnational Express, presentation of Artists’ uses of the word revolution, curated by Dr Malcolm Riddoch, The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
2013 Süden Radio, broadcast from The sounds of ideas forming, curated by Radio Papesse, Florence/Berlin
2013 noises festival, B-05, Montabaur, curated by Christopher Southernwood, University of Koblenz, Germany
2012 Liverpool Art Prize, METAL, Liverpool
2012 Open Network, listening station, curated by Jean Milant and Aaron Wrinkle, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles
2011 The Zone, online broadcast in collaboration with Jeff Young, AIR/EAR Radio, Santa Fe, Argentina, June-July
2006-8 Shrinking Cities, group show in collaboration with tenantspin, New York, Detroit, Tokyo, Saarbrucken, Frankfurt, Liverpool, Dortmund (*)
2002-6 Anthology of Art, touring exhibition curated by Jochen Gerz; Ars Electronica (Linz), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Museumsmeile Bonn, Akademie der Kunste (Berlin)
2005 EAST05 International + tenantspin, selected by Gustav Metzger, Norwich Art Gallery
2003 Rirkrit Tiravanija, Demo Stations No4, presentation in collaboration with tenantspin, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
2001-3 Honour, digital posterworks, Rio de Janiero, Bergen, Liverpool
2002 Open_Source_Art_Hack, in collaboration with tenantspin, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
2002 40 years of Fluxus, in collaboration with tenantspin, Wiesbaden
1990-91 The Bellgrove Station Billboard Project, organiser & curator, Glasgow
1989 National Review of Live Art, group show, billboard, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow

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