Dr Simone O'Callaghan

Dr Simone O'Callaghan

Program Convenor

School of Creative Industries

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Simone O’Callaghan is a practicing artist who has exhibited in the UK, Australia, China and Canada. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining new technologies with analogue artforms. In 2012, she was awarded an art practice-based PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.

Simone's creative practice and research is interdisciplinary and centres on the relationships between the digital and the physical, particularly in relation to technologically mediated presence, experience design, and the ways in which new technologies can be used to preserve heritage, traditions and non-digital art practices. Through making creative works for exhibition in both conventional galleries and less conventional public spaces, she takes a meta-cognitive approach, reflecting on art and design practice-based methods as rigorous academic inquiry in the context of, and to challenge, more traditional research cultures. In addition to doing research that is creative artefact based, Simone also examines the adaptation of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and social science methods, in the areas of ethnography and visual sociology to understand participant/ audience/ user perceptions of art, design and interactive media.

Simone has successfully been awarded funding  for her work, both in group bids such as £1.39M from the UK Research Council's Digital Economy fund for the three year TOTeM Research project (group of 6) and as an individual artist from bursaries such as the William Sangster Fund and the Scottish Arts Council.  She has presented her work to audiences at international events such as Europrix, the European Academy of Design (EAD) and the International Symposium for Art & Design (ISEA).

Simone came to academia from industry where she was a senior designer/ art director for interactive and print projects with clients such as Novell (Australia), The Australian Tourist Commission, Teletext UK, and Young Scot.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
  • Master of Interactive Multimedia, University of Technology Sydney

Keywords

  • Design
  • Digital Art
  • HCI
  • Interactive Media
  • Mobile Media
  • Practice-based Research
  • User Experience
  • Visual Communication
  • Visual Storytelling

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120304 Digital and Interaction Design 40
190203 Electronic Media Art 30
120307 Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer - Design University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Lecturer - Design University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
4/02/2014 - 29/02/2016 Lecturer, Digital Interactive Art Unversity of Abertay
School of Arts, Computer Games and Media
United Kingdom
4/09/2012 - 29/03/2013 MSc Product Design, Programme Leader (Acting) Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), Unviersity of Dundee
Product Design
United Kingdom
6/10/2008 - 27/12/2012 Researcher Co-Investigator, TOTeM Project

Funded by the AHRC and EPSRC: Project  exploring attaching memories and stories to objects using tagging technologies such as QR-codes. The proposal to use tagging technologies in this project came directly from work in my PhD.

  • Member of the DDW (Design for the Digital World) Digital Economy Network
  • Member of the EPSRC Culture & Communities Network +

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), Unviersity of Dundee
United Kingdom
8/01/2007 - 8/01/2011 External Examiner MA New Media Art & Design

External examiner for modules:  Computer Principles for Artists, Creative Applications for Audio & Video, Interactive & Immersive Virtual Artworks, Experimental Digital Media, Research Project

Thames Valley Unviersity, now Unviersity of West London
London School of Film, Media and Design
United Kingdom
7/08/2006 - 28/02/2010 Photography /Art & Design Lecturer Stevenson College Edinburgh, now Edinburgh College
Creative Industries
United Kingdom
9/09/2003 - 31/08/2006 Senior Lecturer, Creative Digital Design Bournemouth University
Bournemouth Media School
United Kingdom

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Dundee Visual Artists Award
Dundee Visual Artists Award
2008 Orange (UK) Corporate Sponsorship
Orange (UK) Corporate Sponsorship
2001 Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio CATS Award
Scottish Arts Council

Scholarship

Year Award
2007 William S Phillips Award
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), Unviersity of Dundee

Invitations

External Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2007 MA New Media Art & Design

University of West London (Thames Valley University)

Modules: Computer Principles for Artists, Creative Applications for Audio & Video, Interactive & Immersive Virtual Artworks, Experimental Digital Media, Research Project

External Reviewer - Programs

Year Title / Rationale
2006 BA 3 Dimensional Design
External Validator for new degree BA 3Dimensional Design at Reading Campus. 

Organiser

Year Title / Rationale
2012 From the Bay of Bengal to the Western Arctic
Curated exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum From the Western Arctic to the Bay of Bengal disseminating research outputs of the TOTeM project. Through the tagging of cultural and creative artefacts using mobile technologies, communities from India, Portugal, Scotland and the North West Territories of Canada were brought together.

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2016 The Creative Practice & Motherhood: A Global Perspective
As a part of The Mother Load: Dundee, a symposium was hosted to bring together artists and ideas around the topic of motherhood and the creative practice. It was an opportunity to gain further insight in to the creative practice of the exhibiting artists and to discuss the mechanisms that support the balancing act between artistic careers and motherhood. It was also an opportunity for the audience to share their experience (both their creative practice and how this intertwines with their roles as carers), discussing the challenges, ways of working and supporting. To broaden the conversation,  international mothers/artists to joined in via video link.

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2011 From First Stories to First Nations
Invited guest speaker: Dundee Science Festival, Sensation Science Centre, 19th November 2011   presentation: From First Stories to First Nations presentation on collaborating with a First Nation Dene Community, Sambaa K’e, NW Canada, tagging creative and cultural artefacts with stories.
2008 From Daguerreotype to Keiti

Invited guest speaker: Signals in the City Symposium, Hannah McLure Centre, Abertay, University, presentation: From Daguerreotype to Keiti: presentation on mobile digital culture

2006 Design Across Platforms

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
AG0812A Information Design
Unversity of Abertay
Module Leader 4/02/2013 - 30/05/2013
AG1087A Research Methods and Dissertation
Unversity of Abertay
Module Leader 9/09/2013 - 29/02/2016
AG0851A Transmedia Narratives
Unversity of Abertay
Module Leader 4/02/2013 - 29/02/2016
AG0730a Dynamic Communications
Unversity of Abertay
Module Leader 14/09/2015 - 29/02/2016
DESN1111 Design Imaging 1: Seeing Photo-based and handmade images
The University of Newcastle
This course introduces students to the idea of seeing as an active process of observation and the role this plays in visual communication design. It explores the relationship between observation and a variety of image based / mark making media in documenting observations and communicating meaning.
Course Leader 4/04/2016 - 22/10/2016
DESN1112 Design Imaging 2: Designing Photo-based handmade images
The University of Newcastle
This course introduces students to the process of creating and designing visual narratives / stories through their use and understanding of a variety of image based media. It explores the relationship between the active process of observation and the production of the visible image as a designed construct.
Course Leader 25/07/2016 - 22/10/2016
DESN2041 Design Projects 4: Designing for Screen and Movement
The University of Newcastle
his course introduces students to a variety of design for screen based moving and interactive media applications through a series of practical and experimental project briefs. It will cover key professional applications of design for screen based moving and interactive visual media as well as enabling opportunities for more experimental approaches to their use. It will explore the relationship between content generation and image, type and graphic interplay with particular emphasis on layout design for screen based moving and interactive media.
Course Leader 25/07/2016 - 22/10/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 O'Callaghan SP, 'Tagged at Dundee Contemporary Arts: How your mobile phone can demystify print-based artworks', Intersections and Counterpoints, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne (2012)

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 O'Callaghan SP, 'Seductive Technologies and Inadvertent Voyeurs', Without Sin: Taboo and Freedom within Digital Media: Leonardo Electronic Almanac,, 19 162-198 (2013)
2013 O'Callaghan SP, Burke ME, Quigley M, 'The business of digital storytelling: Augmenting information systems with QR codes', Journal of Systems and Information Technology, 15 347-367 (2013)
DOI 10.1108/JSIT-04-2013-0009
2010 O'Callaghan SP, Speed C, Leder K, Bourke M, Hudson-Smith A, Karpovich A, 'Tagging is Connecting: Shared Object Memories as Channels for Sociocultural Cohesion', M/C Journal, 13 (2010)

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 O'Callaghan SP, 'Sleep While the Baby Sleeps; Snatched reprieves, secret moments & candid disclosures', Sleep While the Baby Sleeps; Snatched reprieves, secret moments & candid disclosures, Montreal (2017)
2016 O'Callaghan SP, 'Nurturing Reflective Art and Design Practitioners', Abertay University (2016)
2015 O'Callaghan SP, 'Interdisciplinarity and Innovation; The Artist in the Room', Manchester, UK (2015)
2013 O'Callaghan SP, 'A Medium in the Liminal Zone: Exploring New Territories for Printmaking', Dundee, Scotland (2013)
2011 O'Callaghan SP, 'Tales of the Maker; Using tagging technologies to create digital makers' marks.', Porto, Portugal (2011)
2011 O'Callaghan SP, 'Code the Print \ Print the Code; Creating art at the cusp of printmaking & mobile media.', Melbourne, Australia (2011)
2011 O'Callaghan SP, Speed C, 'The Hidden Histories of Objects: Provenance, Storytelling and Tagging Technologies', Istanbul (2011)
2011 O'Callaghan SP, Speed C, Burke M, Hudson-Smith A, Rogers J, Karpovich A, 'Disrupting the Internet of Things', Aberdeen (2011)
2009 O'Callaghan SP, 'Art & Mobile Augmentation: The Brave New World of Graphical Tagging', Belfast, Northern Ireland (2009)
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Creative Work (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 O'Callaghan SP, Sleep While the Baby Sleeps, Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University (2016)
2016 O'Callaghan SP, The Motherload, Hannah Maclure Centre (2016)
2016 O'Callaghan SP, Robertson L, Maciello N, Brennan C, Irvine Z, Spence P, et al., The Mother Load, Dundee, Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University Dundee, Dundee, Scotland (2016)
2016 Brooker CJ, O'Callaghan SP, Shadbolt J, Brollo D, Catanzaro M, Sandbach K, et al., Techne: Crafting Technology Exhibition, University of Newcastle Gallery (2016)
Co-authors Jane Shadbolt, Caelli Brooker, Deidre Brollo
2011 O'Callaghan SP, Coded Moments @ The Small Society Lab, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2011)
2011 O'Callaghan SP, Coded Moments, Foyer Gallery, Victoria University, Foyer Gallery, Univeristy of Victoria, Melbourne (2011)
2008 O'Callaghan SP, Signals in the City, Hannah Maclure Centre, Scotland (2008)
2005 O'Callaghan SP, Icon and Interior, Gallery 152, Dundee Contmeporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2005)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $2,720,000

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20173 grants / $91,500

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarships$78,000

This programme supports the University’s commitment to fostering and developing Early Career Researchers’ research and research leadership through the provision of fully funded Higher Degree by Research scholarships.

The scholarship provides the HDR candidate with:

  1. Living allowance scholarship at the Australian Postgraduate Award rate for an initial period of three years (a six month extension may be granted at the Dean of Graduate Studies’ discretion); and
  2. Relocation allowance - up to $1,520; and
  3. Establishment allowance – up to $500; and
  4. Where an international HDR candidate has been identified, overseas health cover.

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan, Mark Roxburgh

Scheme Early Career Researcher (ECR) Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Scholarships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Comparative Analysis of Online Cancer information$8,500

Funding body: Cancer Council Australia

Funding body Cancer Council Australia
Project Team Doctor Simone O'Callaghan, Ms Alyssa White, Ms Jane Roy
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700163
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Starting up a Design and Research Studio: Finding a viable studio model within HE$5,000

Outside the Design discipline, there is little understanding of what design research is, and this often gets mistaken for “making things pretty”, when it actually encompasses a much broader remit. One aim of the studio is to make the clear distinction between Visual Communication Design Services and Design Research. The design discipline has been approached by external potential collaborators for both Design services and research, however the procurement procedures of the University, long and slow ethics approval processes, and the convoluted contract processes mean that many collaborations have not taken place, because each of these adds a level of bureaucracy which outside agencies find confusing and negatively impact timelines to the extent that projects are no longer viable because clients have specified timelines.

In setting up the Design and Research studio, the aim is to streamline these processes, and facilitate smoother collaboration between the Design discipline and clients, so that projects actually take place. This is a seeding project to devise a studio model that can work within an HE environment and on completion of this initial research, recommendations will be made for implantation and maintenance of a sustainable studio model.

Funding body: Centre for 21st Century Humanities, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for 21st Century Humanities, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan, Caelli Jo Booker, Jane Shadbolt, Bettina Hodegeson, and Ralph Kenke

Scheme Humanities Startups
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20161 grants / $1,500

Sleep While the Baby Sleeps$1,500

£750 for the production of artworks for The Mother Load Dundee Exhibition, February – May 2016, Hannah MaClure Centre, Abertay University, Dundee.

Funding body: Creative Scotland and Leisure & Culture Dundee

Funding body Creative Scotland and Leisure & Culture Dundee
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan

Scheme Dundee Visual Artists Award Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

20151 grants / $5,000

Scottish Graduate School, Art and Design$5,000

£2,500 to run workshops for creative practice-based PhD researchers, in collaboration with the University of Western Scotland, University of Dundee and IDEEA Lab at Tokyo Metropolitan University

Funding body: Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

Funding body Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan, Clare Brennan (Abertay Unviersity), Sarah Cook (University of Dundee), Katazyna Kosmala (Univeristy of Western Scotland),

Scheme Cohort Development Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20111 grants / $20,000

EPSRC Tales of Engagement – TOTeM Project$20,000

£10,000 for dissemination, to fund major exhibition and symposium, called: I am Seeing Things at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, Oct – Dec 2012.

Funding body: EPSRC

Funding body EPSRC
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan, Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art), Maria Burke (Salford University, Manchester), Andy Hudson-Smith (unviersity College, London), Angelina Karpovich (Brunel University), Jon Rogers (University of Dundee)

Scheme Digital Economy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20091 grants / $2,600,000

Tales of Things and Electronic Memories (TOTeM)$2,600,000

Funded by the AHRC and EPSRC: Project  exploring attaching memories and stories to objects using tagging technologies such as QR-codes. The proposal to use tagging technologies in this project came directly from work in my PhD.

  • Member of the DDW (Design for the Digital World) Digital Economy Network
  • Member of the EPSRC Culture & Communities Network +

Funding body: EPSRC, AHRC & TSB

Funding body EPSRC, AHRC & TSB
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan, Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art), Maria Burke (Salford University, Manchester), Andy Hudson-Smith (University College, London), Angelina Karpovich (Brunel University), Jon Rogers (University of Dundee)

Scheme UKRC Digital Economy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20081 grants / $2,000

Signals in the City$2,000

£750 phone credit and 3x Nokia 6300 camera phones for experimental interaction with artworks for Signals in the City Exhibition, March – May 2008

Funding body: Orange UK (Mobile Network Operator)

Funding body Orange UK (Mobile Network Operator)
Project Team

Simone O'Callaghan

Scheme Corporate Sponsorship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed10
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.8
PhD1.1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters Object of Illusion - The Photograph and its Objectified Qualities M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD The Impact of Censorship on Media and Creative Arts During Brazilian Dictatorship (1964-1985) PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Innovation and Entrepreneurial Activities in Startup Companies PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Honours Branding and Symbolism Graphic and Design Studies, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Honours Beyond Usability: User Experience Design for Experimental Games Communication & Media Studies, Unversity of Abertay Sole Supervisor
2015 Honours Re-designing a News App Communication & Media Studies, Unversity of Abertay Sole Supervisor
2015 Honours An investigation into the visual aesthetics of light art when influenced by colour and technology Fine Arts, Unversity of Abertay Sole Supervisor
2014 Honours Player autonomy in a non-textual environmental tutorial Communication & Media Studies, Univeristy of Abertay, Dundee Principal Supervisor
2014 Honours Finding the Future: Interaction Evolution Graphic and Design Studies, Univeristy of Abertay, Dundee Principal Supervisor
2014 Honours An Exploration into Fine Art Inspired 2D Video Game Asset Production Creative Arts, University of Abertay Principal Supervisor
2006 Masters Beauty and Colour in Interactive Media Communication & Media Studies, Bournemouth University Sole Supervisor
2006 Masters Graphic Design and Interactive Media Communication & Media Studies, Bournemouth University Sole Supervisor
2006 Honours Interactive Media Production Projects Communication & Media Studies, Bournemouth University Principal Supervisor
2006 Honours The Tale of the Little Badger
For BA Interactive Media Production. This was an interactive project examining games and digital storytelling for children. 
Communication & Media Studies, Bournemouth University Principal Supervisor
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Research Projects

Tales of Things and Electronic Memories (TOTeM) 2009 - 2012

Collaboration with 5 partner universities; Univeristy of Dundee (home insitution at the time), Edinburgh College of Art, University College London (UCL), Salforda nd Brunel Universities,  funded  to the value of £1.39M by the AHRC and EPSRC. This was a project  exploring attaching memories and stories to objects using tagging technologies such as QR-codes.


The Mother Load: Dundee 2015 - 2016

The Mother Load is a network of artists who are also mothers initiated by artist academics Lesli Robertson, University of North Texas, Denton; Natalie Macellaio, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas. In February - May 2016, the Mother Load Dundee was an exhibition/ symposium colloboration with Simone O'Callaghan and Clare Brennan University of Abertay, Dundee; Pernille Spence, Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design, University of Dundee and sound artist Zoe Irvine.

This has led to the collection and generation of data which explores how communities of support play a critical role in shaping artistic practice and parental capacities. In the broadest sense these caregivers are the ones who nurture the vulnerable members of our society, but who supports and nurtures these nurturers? Through a series of workshops, engagement activities, screenings and a public exhibition this project seeks to understand how networked communities can be built that are dynamic enough to support personal and public personas, compassionate enough to empathise and support, yet challenging enough to stimulate and invigorate.

Work for this project is ongoing.


The Liminal Medium 2007 - 2012

Funded by the Wiliam Sangster Fund and the University of Dundee: Art practice based PhD investigating the use of graphical tags (like QR codes) as a new creative medium. Research was underpinned by critical writing from the 1960’s and 70’s which served to inform debates today in digital cultures surrounding analogue and digital practices in mobile and social media. Artworks were created using traditional printmaking processes, and then augmented by content accessed via mobile phone. In depth analysis of audience interaction and reception of the works was done using HCI methods such as video cued recall in dedicated exhibitions in both the “white cube” gallery setting and public spaces.


Comparative Analysis of Online Cancer information 2017

In response to a need to consolidate the Cancer Council’s delivery of existing online cancer information in Australia this research examines the ways in which existing content can be best delivered to the target audience. The aim of this evaluation is to do a comparative analysis of the existing information structures on a selection of Cancer Council sites, in order to identify the best way in which the content can be structured for a cohesive and empathetic user experience. It is based on comparative analysis of existing Cancer Council tumour information, to work out the preferred format of information delivery for people diagnosed with cancer.


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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
United Kingdom 2
Australia 1
Canada 1
Turkey 1
United States 1
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News

Humanities workshop kicks off design start-up

July 18, 2017

A Humanities Startup Workshop run by the University of Newcastle’s Centre for 21st Century Humanities in conjunction with Slingshot has assisted in the creation of a design service and research studio within the School of Creative Industries.

Dr Simone O'Callaghan

Position

Program Convenor
Design
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email simone.ocallaghan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8096
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room D.225
Building Design Building
Location Newcastle

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