Dr Linda O Keeffe is a research led artist working and living in Scotland and has exhibited internationally with commissions from Europe, the UK, Brazil, Asia and the US. Her current body of practice is focused on the intersection of science & technology, ethics and communication, where she has produced a number of art works, published research papers and keynote presentations. In 2017 she was commissioned to develop a body of work for a touring exhibition title Sounds Like Her, the work, Hybrid Soundscapes I-IV has been shown in major UK art galleries from 2017 to 2020, and has been featured in publications exploring the role of women in sound. She is currently working on a project funded by Creative Scotland titled Evolving Ourselves with Unnatural Selection, a new collaborative project between artists and researchers that will explore and present some of the ethics and future implications of gene editing through a digital multi-arts approach.
Her work on gender inclusion in the sonic arts has led to the development of the organisation Women in Sound Women on Sound WISWOS, which has partnered with organisations in the UK, Latin America and recently Taiwan. WISWOS’s goal is to make visible women who work in the multitudinous areas of sound from music technology to sound art, sound and society, the politics of sound, and every area in between. It has created a number of events, workshops and commissioning opportunities for women around the world. WISWOS’s most recent funded project involved a collaborative project with the Taiwanese organisation Ting Shuo Hear Say to create an opportunity for UK and Taiwanese women working in sound and experimental music to create an album together, Elastic Parallels. In 2022 O Keeffe and WISWOS network member Isabel Nogueira, will launch the Book The Body in Sound, Music and Performance, with Routledge, this edited book selected 22 key women writing and working in the areas of sound, performance and music.