Dr. Kieran Nolan (b.1976) is an artist-researcher, indie-game designer, and game studies academic. He is a lecturer in Creative Media at at Dundalk Institute of Technology’s School of Informatics and Creative Arts, where he is also Co Director of DkIT’s Creative Arts Research Centre.
Kieran completed his PhD thesis ‘The Art, Aesthetics, and Materiality of the Arcade Videogame Interface: A Practice-Included JAMMA Era Arcade Platform Study’ through Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics in 2019. His doctoral research explored the aesthetic, material and connective properties of the arcade videogame interface through the lenses of game studies and media art.
Kieran’s research work has been published at conferences and exhibitions worldwide, including Vector Game Art and New Media Festival (Toronto), The Science Gallery (Dublin), Leftfield Collection at Eurogamer Expo (London), Future and Reality of Gaming / F.R.O.G. (Vienna), International Symposium on Electronic Art / ISEA (Belfast, Hong Kong), ZIL Cultural Centre (Moscow), the A MAZE. International Independent Video Games Festival (Berlin), METEOR (Tokyo), MAKE (Cork), Transmediale (Berlin), Art.CHI (Seoul), Game On! El arte en juego (Buenos Aires), Out Of Index (Seoul), CHI Play (Amsterdam), CEEGS (Lublin, Trnava), Playing The Game (Milan), IEEE Games, Entertainment & Media (Galway), the Electronic Literature Organisation Conference (Cork), iHCI (Dundalk, Limerick), Replaying Japan (Nottingham, Kyoto), and DiGRA (Lunebürg, Dundee, Turin).