Job title: Head of Art


Office address: Main Building, D02

Contact time: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm

Research outputs: Dr Linda O Keeffe on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Linda O Keeffe is an arts practitioner and theorist of sound. She has exhibited internationally with commissions for the UK city of Culture festival in Derry 2013, a solo show at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in 2014 Spaces of Sound Radio Spaces, a commission for Irish Biennale in 2016, and is currently part of a touring exhibition of international female sound artists, Sounds Like Her, with her piece Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV, which is touring till 2020. She has created sound  designs for dance and theatre, most recently for the Horsefall Production Hidden, which was shortlisted for the Northern Soul Theatre Awards.  O Keeffe also works as a performance artist using gesture based and game controllers, as well as live coding and the voice.   

Linda has researched and written extensively about sound and the social, sound and ecology and sensory perception and the arts. She has given a number of Keynote talks and performances on her research in the US, Asia and Europe. In 2017 she was commissioned to give a keynote performance at the Cibelo Concert Hall in Madrid based on her research on gender sound and performance titled My Voice is Still Not Heard

Currently she is working on two research projects with international collaborators in Brazil and Malaysia. The first is exploring Gender and the Brazilian Sonic arts scene, the latter the emerging soundscapes of Asian Pop up Cities. 

Linda is open to supervising PhD students exploring sound in a variety of contexts from the arts to the social (including perception, gender, sensory studies, class), environmental (ecology, noise studies), performance and production. She is also keen to work with post doc researchers looking to advance the study of sound and the social and sound and gender theory.​

I teach undergraduate courses in Art Practice and Artistic Research, Methods, Research and Context, and on elective courses, Drawn from the City. I also teach into post graduate courses in our MA in Contemporary Art Practice. 

My research is situated within two fields: gender equality within the performing arts and music technology, and renewable energy and sustainable communities. I have published key texts, the two most important of which are published in the highly rated International Journal of Communications and the Qualitative Sociology Review. More recently, I have been accepted by Routledge to edit a book titled The Body in Sound, Music and Performance in 2021, and have been an invited keynote to several international events and symposiums on sound and the performing arts, gender and technology, and embodied ecological noise. My installation piece Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV is currently on tour in the UK and will appear at Gallery Oldham (December 2019– March 2020). My album Silent Spring, recently released through Farpoint Recordings, has been described as a: “meditation on human and natural sounds, new technologies, and our relationships with other species” in Toneshift, and in The Quietus as “doing something totally different, in collaging sound recordings to think about how the changes demanded by climate crisis will change our soundscape.” In 2017 I was commissioned by the curator Christine Eyene to develop a new work for the Irish Biennale EV&A, an immersive audio piece working with voices and designed soundscapes.