Carol Breen PHD, MA, FRSA.

Specialist subject areas:

Technological entanglement, speculative design, post-disciplinarity, new-materialism, practice-as-research.


PhD Doctoral Thesis titled Lostness: the impossible task of returning home in hyper-space: Toward an ethico-onto-epistem-ology of the digital image. (C-DaRE) The Centre for Dance Research.
MA Communication Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. (Distinction).
BA(Hons) Visual Communications, Limerick School of Art & Design, L.I.T. Ireland.
Associate Fellow of the HEA
Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts


Carol Breen is a designer and early career researcher who holds a doctorate from C-DaRE (The Centre for Dance Research) at Coventry University. Experience working on inter-disciplinary research projects such as ‘Invisible Irish’ a funded creative cultural exchange between Warwick and Coventry University with dance researcher and performance artist. Joining members of the city’s Irish community in their homes interviewing them using cook-alongs as a method of research. Carol worked on a project funded by The University of Birmingham (Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine) examining beta-cell heterogeneity using medical imaging. Her most recent project brings coders and non-coders together to examine how emerging open-source technologies can become more accessible to non-specialists and lone practitioners through participatory design (funded by Research and Innovation Services at CSAD). Experience working with sound artist and researcher to create performances using live mixing and live sonification. Carol has exhibited work at Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, Piksel Festival in Norway, Press on and Play at Vivid Projects and Trash TV at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham, UK. Assistant editor for the International Journal of Screendance issue for Solo Screen Volume 8. Interested in about how we might move towards design research that emphasizes the inseparability of ethics, ontology, and epistemology. Her thesis ‘Lostness: The impossible task of returning home in hyper-space: Toward an ethico-onto-epistemology of the digital image’ is a speculative design document which examines the entanglements between body, data, image and interface.


2020: Ars Electronica COPY/PASTE Garden exhibition curated by Antonio Roberts Linz AUT.
2020: COPY/PASTE Piksel Norway, DE.
2020: Re: Photography Then and Now Event & Exhibition at The Herbert Gallery Coventry, UK.
2019: Black Hole Club in conversation with Kühle Wump at Nottingham Contemporary, UK.
2019: Per/forming futures at Middlesex University curated by ADIE, London, UK.
2019: Trial and Error: Digital Collaboration Salon at Vivid Projects, Birmingham. UK
2018: Paper Presented at Digital Cultures: Knowledge/Culture co-hosted by the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) Leuphana University Lüneburg, and the ICS, Western Sydney University in Lüneberg, DE.
2017 ‘Life in a hybrid world’, Motion Lab, Deakin University, Australia, Live Webinar Exchange Event with Teoma Naccarato, Claire Ridge and Kim Von Kothen.


Screening Dance/Dancing Screens published by CLASS Room Gallery Coventry.
Duty Free Art: Hito Steyerl, Book review published in the Media Theory Journal.
Art in Motion, Book review published in The International Journal of Screendance.
Assistant Editor for Solo Screen Volume 8 (2017) The International Journal of Screendance published by The Ohio State University Libraries.

Enterprise projects and industrial links

Ideas for change 2017: Extra Care Housing in Lincolnshire, UK.
Fish Factory collaboration between CSM and MupiMup, Stodvarfjordur, ISL. Eye Magazine: Lessons from an abandoned fishfactory. (nominated for a UAL Arts and Business Award).
Design with a view, Bencistá, IT.
CSMQB Artist in Resident Public Engagement Birmingham University.UK.
Creative Cultural Exchange; Warwick University & Coventry University. Party in the Park, Hillfields Coventry, organized by the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre. Dr. Emma Meehan, Carol Breen and Dr. Carmen Wong.