Approved: 16.08.2006

Joanna Kane

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Joanna Kane is a Scottish based visual artist working with photography, video and new media. Her work explores themes relating to portraiture and identity, often involving in-depth investigations of historical, scientific or technological archives or related subject matter.
Her practice is centred on stills photography, often incorporating elements of experimentation within digital media, film

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Artist Statement

Joanna Kane is a Scottish based visual artist working with photography, video and new media. Her work explores themes relating to portraiture and identity, often involving in-depth investigations of historical, scientific or technological archives or related subject matter. Her practice is centred on stills photography, often incorporating elements of experimentation within digital media, film and video, and other media such as casting. She also has interests in still and time-based media in conjunction with performance, installation, theatre, poetry and literature. Recent work has included The Somnambulists, a series of portraits based on photographs of phrenological life and death casts, shown at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2008, which was also the subject of a book. A selection from the Somnambulists series was included in the Hayward Gallery touring exhibition The Russian Linesman curated by Mark Wallinger in 2009. Other recent work has included a new photography portrait series for Photo-ID, a Wellcome Trust funded exhibition about photography, science and identity in 2009-10, and new work created during an Alt-W award project in 2010 with New Media Scotland, Cloud People, a series of portraits and data visualisation work reflecting changing identity in the age of cloud computing and social networks. Joanna Kane graduated with a first class degree in Photography from Napier University in 1997. She also has a postgraduate Master of Science degree in Informatics and an MA honours degree in Philosophy.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

BA Hons Photography, Film and TV, First Class Honours 
MA Hons Philosophy
Master of Science Informatics

Solo exhibitions 

2010 - Alt-W Award, Cloud People, Inspace, University of Edinburgh, New Media Scotland, Edinburgh
2008 - The Somnambulists, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 - The Somnambulists, Month of Photography, Bratislava

Group exhibitions

2013 - Women and the Mind Doctors, Freud Museum, London
2012 - Romantic Camera: Photography, Identity and Romanticism, Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh 
2011 - Monanism, MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia
2010 - Photo-ID, Wellcome Trust Identity Season, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Newcastle Centre for Life, Wellcome Trust touring exhibition
2009 - Mark Wallinger Curates; The Russian Linesman, Hayward Gallery Southbank, Leeds Art Gallery, Swansea Glynn Vivian, Hayward Touring
2009 - Photo-ID: Photography and Science, Norwich Forum, CAN '09, The Wellcome Trust, Norwich
2007 - Digital Romantics, Hannah McClure Centre, University of Abertay, Dundee
2004 - '13 Ways', video photography for installation, National Review of Live Art, The Arches, Glasgow
2004 - Emerging Properties, Video Installation, GdK Galerie der Kunste, Berlin 1
1998 - 'Correct Likenesses' and 'Spectral Composites' Photography Series, Streetlevel Photoworks Gallery, Glasgow

Artist talks

2013 - Artist Research Talk: People of the Cloud: Inhabiting Data Space, Networks and the Space of Flows, Edinburgh University Architecture Department, Edinburgh
2013 - ICT Art Connect Artist Talk, Vilnius Lithuania
2011 - Artist Research Talk: Cloud People, CIRCLE, Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Collaborative Environments, Inspace, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
2011 - Artist Talk, Guest at Grays, Grays College of Art, Aberdeen 2010 - Artist Talk, New Media Scotland, The Apple Centre, Glasgow
2010 - Photographer Talk, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh 2009 - Artist Talk, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich
2009 - Artist Talk, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 2008 - Artist Research Seminar, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2008 - Artist Talk, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, National Galleries, Scotland

Residencies

2004 - 'Castings', video portraits, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Arbroath, Scotland

Commissions

2010 - Reading Room for Gertrud Kolmar: My Gaze Turns Inwards, WortWedding, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin
2009 - Reading Room for the Glass Essay, WortWedding, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin
2006 - 'The Glass Essay', Video Photography, Emerging Properties Performance Company, Berlin, Germany
2005 - 'In/Flux', interactive digital video projections, Threshold New Media Space, Perth Concert Hall, Perth,

Projects

2012 - Experimenting with Clouds, Glitch Digital Media Festival, Rua Red Art Centre, Dublin 2011 - The Glass Essay Video Installation, Alchemy Video Festival, Alchemy, Hawick, Scottish Borders

Competitions, prizes and awards

2010 - Alt-W Award 2010, New Media Scotland, Edinburgh
2007 - Juliet Gomperts Award, Juliet Gomperts Trust, London
2005 - Hope Scott Artist Award, The Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh
2004 - Carnegie Trust Travel Award, The Carnegie Trust, Scotland

Educational experience 

2011 - present, Tutor Photography and Design, Interactive Design Institure in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire 
2010 - present, Tutor Photography, Video and Digital Media, Art and Design Studies, Edinburgh University 
2002 - Lecturer Digital Imaging and Photography, Edinburgh College of Art 
1997 - Tutor Photography and Digital Media, Napier University Film and Photograpy, Edinburgh 1997 - Tutor, Photography, Digital Media, Edinburgh College of Art 

Publications

2008 - 'The Somnambulists: Photographic Portraits from before Photography', Joanna Kane, essay by Dr. Duncan Forbes and Dr. Roberta McGrath, Dewi Lewis Publishing 2008
2009 - 'Photo-ID: Photographers and Scientists Explore Identity', publication for the Photo-ID exhibition, Professor Keith Roberts, supported by the Wellcome Trust