Dr. Maeve Connolly

I co-direct the MA in Art + Research Collaboration (with Dr Sinead Hogan), contributing to a range of practical and theory-based modules. I also teach on the BA in Art, contributing to modules in year 3 and year 4.


My publications include two books, both published by Intellect. TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television (2014) examines how television has been imagined, critiqued and memorialised by artists. The Place of Artists’ Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (2009) explores aspects of the cinematic turn in contemporary art since the 1990s.

(Book chapter, published in German translation) ‘Gillian Wearings delegierte Performer. Schauspieler, Trinker und soziale Körper’, in Ortsbestimmungen: Das Dokumentarische zwischen Kino und Kunst, edited by Eva Hohenberger and Katrin Mundt, Berlin: Vorwerk 82016
(Book chapter) ‘Trailer Time: Cinematic Expectations and Contemporary Art’, Exhibiting the Moving Image: History Revisited, edited by François Bovier and Adeena Mey, Zurich: JRP Ringier. 130–153.2015
(Book chapter), ‘The Museum as TV Producer: Televisual Form in Curating, Commissioning and Public Programming’, International Handbooks of Museum Studies: Volume 3: Museum Media, edited by Michelle Henning, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 121–1432015
(Catalogue essay) ‘Architectures of Improvement’, Primal Architecture, Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art: 10-122015
(Book) TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television, Bristol and Chicago: Intellect Books2014


As part of my research, I frequently curate screenings of contemporary artists' film and video, often working in collaboration with other programmers and curators.

Infrastructural Objects, Screening of artists’ film and video at Bluecoat, Liverpool, October 28, 2015. Screening of films by Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Sarah Browne, (co-curated with Alice Butler) Irish Film Institute, Dublin2015
Screening programmes titled ‘Broadcast Collaboration’ and ‘The Television Studio’, TV as Material, (co-curated with George Clark), Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London2014
TV Museum – The Mini-Series, four-part programme of TV-themed lectures and screenings curated for the gallery at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, April-October2014

Research projects

My research consists primarily of case study analyses of art and media cultures, economies, infrastructures and practices. Current (2016) research interests include infrastructural aesthetics in art; television as a commissioning and production context for art; comparative analysis of art and film/TV work practices (particularly in relation to cinematography and acting); comparative study of Irish and Scottish artists' moving image. My research is disseminated via academic publications, curated public discussions and screenings.

  • I am currently developing a new research project, provisionally titled Superhighway, which examines how artists have engaged with radical transformations in infrastructures and technologies of circulation, involving bodies, data and objects.
  • I contributed (in 2011-2012) to the project Theory + History of Cinematographic Objects, led by Dr Volker Pantenburg, Bauhaus University Weimar.
  • My PhD research project (2000-2004) at Dublin City University, titled An Archaeology of Irish Cinema: Ireland’s Subaltern, Migrant and Feminist Film Cultures (1973-87), was funded by a Government of Ireland Scholarship.


‘Art, Television and Invisible Internet Infrastructure’, Expanded Television, University of Cologne, Jan 14-152016
‘Mined and Mediated Bodies: Acting in Artists’ Film’, Artists’ Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to Today, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Nov 6-72015
‘Televisual Form, Media Infrastructure and the Museum as Repository’, Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, October 22-242015
‘Smartphones, Sampling and Multi-tasking: Observing and Choreographing Women’s Work’, Console-ing Passions: Rebooting Feminism, Dublin, June 18-202015
‘Storage, Transport and Loss: Digital Technology and Artists’ Film’, Lunch Bytes Conference, organised by Goethe-Institut at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, March 20-212015

Awards + Achievements

Spatial Arts and Visualisation Seed Fund award for 'Visualization, media, digital humanities and preservation: Developing curation ready projects'. The proposal was led by Dr Amber Cushing, School of Information and Library Studies, UCD2015
Research Fellowship, International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany2011–2012
Irish Arts Council Project Award for publication project TV Museum2011
Institute of Art, Design + Technology Innovation Seed Fund for The Place of Artists’ Cinema publication project2007
Irish Arts Council Bursary for The Place of Artists’ Cinema publication project2006