About

 

I am lecturer in Digital Cultures in the School of Visual Culture in the National College of Art & Design, (NCAD) Dublin. Among other things I coordinate modules on Economies of Culture and Digital Cultures and teach electives on topics such as Art and Money, Tactical Media and the Politics of Algorithms and Networks.  I am formerly a Media and Communications Research Fellow in CONNECT, Trinity College Dublin, a Government of Ireland Scholar and a Fulbright scholar at UC Irvine, California's Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion. 


I'm always trying to compose the perfect sentence to describe my research and never really managing it. Since Shoshana Zuboff's book was published in 2018, a shorthand for my research would be to say it's in the area of surveillance capitalism: exploring how value is extracted through networks and platforms, with a particular focus on digital money, mobile networks and payments. I also explore the modes of resistance that emerge to surveillance capitalism, with an emphasis on artistic and activist practices. This recent paper Cache Society is quite illustrative. Most of my work is within the money/payments space, but I explored similar themes of online surveillance, data monetisation and resistance in my PhD research through the lens of struggles around mobile networks and the enclosure of radio spectrum. This is the subject of a recently completed manuscript. 


Through my teaching and research I've become interested in methods for engaging with complex sociotechnical systems such as payments platforms and have run a number of workshops that bring artists, designers and researchers together to try and tease out the methodologies we're using to engage with these spaces. The most recent was the Ascend Project, funded by the Irish Research Council in August 2019. 


I'm an active organiser of events on media culture and digital art, most notably the leader of 
the Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) (2009 - 2017) and the Digital Cultures Webinar Series (2021) with NCAD Dublin and The Digital Hub.

 

I'm engaged in editorial work as a regular co-editor of Neural Magazine for Critical Digital Culture and Media Arts.  I was founding editor-in-chief of the journal Interference 2009-2017.

 




Rachel O'Dwyer

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:


Advisory Group for DECODE EU Flagship project on data sovereignty for citizens across Europe and beyond; Irish Blockchain Expert Group; ADAPT Privacy and Ethics Working Group; Future of Money Research Collaborative; P2P Foundation; Internet of Things (IoT) Council; Orthogonal Research Methods Group, Trinity College Dublin; NESTA Steering Group on Decentralised Citizen-Owned Data Ecosystems.



RECENT & FORTHCOMING TALKS / EVENTS

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April 12 2021: I spoke to reporter Chris Thompson about Cryptocurrency & art as a financial instrument.


April 16 2021: I'll be speaking to Nate Tkacz & Lana Swartz about digital money and payment as social media on April 16th  at Warwick's Centre for Digital Inquiry. 


April 9 2021:  I'm participating in a Pre-recorded for Transmediale on Labour, Automation and Refusal. We are recording April 9th & it should go live shortly after. 


April 2021: I am curating a new series of Digital Cultures events for Ncad Dublin and the Digital Hub. An upcoming event on April 29th, 2021 deals with the intersection between digital economies and digital intimacy and features Kylie Jarrett and Antonia Hernandez.