Caleb Kelly

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts. He is a researcher within the National Institute of Experimental Arts in UNSW Art & Design.

In 2009 he published his first book, entitled Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, through MIT Press. He has also edited Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery in London), part of the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Kelly's third book entitled, Gallery Sound was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017.

Kelly is a curator whose exhibitions deal with strategies for the display of contemporary art that is filled with sound. Most recently he curated Material Sound for MAMA, Albury in 2018. The exhibition included six installations by Australian artists who work with sound. The exhibition, with the funding support of the Australian Council for the Arts, will tour ten art museums in Australia between 2020-2023. In 2019 he curated Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College in the USA. He also curated a large exhibition entitled Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the City Gallery in Wellington, NZ in 2013/2014. 

Kelly's research interests are focused in the sound arts, contemporary art, media arts and art theory. His research has led to a rethinking of how art is listened to, historically and in contemporary practice. Kelly coordinates the research group Sound, Energies and Environments (http://see.unsw.edu.au/)

In 2015 Kelly was the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Completed Doctoral Students:
  • Rodney Swan (PhD): The Resistance and Resurgence: The Cultural and Political Dynamic of the Livre d’Artiste and the German Occupation of France (2016)
  • Nathan Thompson (PhD, Practice-based): Organisation and Sound: Environmental Systems in Experimental Music (2017)
  • Andrew Brooks (PhD): A Poetics of Interruption: fugitive speech acts and the politics of noise (2018)
  • Thomas Smith (PhD, Practice-based), Generic Artistic Strategies and Ambivalent Affect (2019)
  • Justin Harvey (PhD, Practice-based), An Impossible Present: the indisible time of video feedback art (2021)
Current Doctoral Students:
  • Richard Keys (PhD): Ecological Sound Art
  • Jasmine Guffond (PhD, Practice-based): Sound and Data Surveillance 
  • Liam Bray  (PhD): Computationally creative systems
  • Steffan Ianigro (PhD, Practice-based): Evolutionary Algorithms as composition tools for finding creative material.
  • Jim Denley  (PhD, Practice-based): Performance in weather 
  • Anabelle Lacroix  (PhD, Practice-based): Experimental sound curating
Book Chapters
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Kelly C; Van Gelder P, 2020, 'Livening Things Up: Australian Hand Built Electronic Instruments', in Collins N (ed.), Handmade Electronic Instruments: The Art of Hardware Hacking, Routledge, London, https://www.routledge.com/Handmade-Electronic-Music-The-Art-of-Hardware-Hacking/Collins/p/book/9780367210106
2020
Kelly C, 2019, 'A Brief Introduction to the Sound Arts in Australia', in Weibel P (ed.), Sound Art: Sound as a Medium of Art, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., pp. 668 - 675, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/sound-art
2019
Kelly C, 2011, 'Sound in Art', in Kelly C (ed.), Sound, edn. Documents of Contemporary Art, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
2011
Kelly C, 2011, 'Art sonore ou son dans l’art?', in Gonseth M-O (ed.), Bruits: Echos  du  patrimoine  culturel  immatériel, Musée d'ethnographie, Neuchâtel, pp. 120 - 125
2011
Kelly C, 2008, 'The Performance of Australian Experimental Musics: From Shattered Glass to Feedback Instruments.', in Homan S; Mitchell T (ed.), Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular Music in Australia, ACYS Publishing, Hobart
2008
Kelly C, 2007, 'Yasunao Tone: Technology/Noise', in Shiner E; Tomii R (ed.), Making A Home: Japanese Contemporary Arts in New York, Yale University Press, New York
2007
Creative Written Works
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Kelly C, 2020, Immateriality, Sound and the Art Gallery, AUDIOSPHERE: Social Experimental Audio, Reina Sofía National Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain, https://www.museoreinasofia.es/sites/default/files/audiosfera_ingles_26.10.20.pdf
2020
Kelly C, 2020, Tangible/Intangible: The Sound of Sculpture, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, https://govettbrewster.com/shop/books/tangibleintangible-the-sound-of-sculpture
2020
Kelly C, 2019, Assembling Music, Angelica Mesiti, Assembly, Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Catalogue, Australia Council for the Arts
2019
Kelly C, 2018, Material Sound: Sound as more than Sound, Material Sound (catalogue), Murray Arts Museum Albury
2018
Kelly C, 2017, Between Air and Electricity: Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments., Journal of Sonic Studies, http://sonicstudies.org/eck2017
2017
Kelly C, 2017, Everyday Materials: Ross Manning’s Dissonant Materiality, Dissonant Rhythms, Institute of Modern Art
2017
Kelly C, 2015, Field Day, Listening and its not, Patrick Farmer , (ed.), SARU & Compost and Height
2015
Kelly C, 2014, Thoughts on the Representation of Sound, Wolf Notes, http://compostandheight.com/Wolf_Notes_7.zip
2014
Kelly C, 2014, Materials, Das Super Paper, no.33, Kelly C, (ed.), http://bit.ly/2kEXyhx
2014
Kelly C, 2013, Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
2013
Kelly C, 2012, Sound [is] in the visual arts, Sonic Spheres: TarraWarra Biennial 2012, Lynn V, (ed.), TarraWarra Museum of Art
2012
Kelly C, 2010, supercool, Broadsheet, 39.2
2010
Curatorial Outputs
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Kelly C, 2019, Materials, Sounds + Black Mountain College, exhibited at: Asheville, North Carolina, 07 June 2019 - 30 August 2019, http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/material-sound/
2019
Kelly C, 2018, Material Sound, exhibited at: MAMA, Albury, 09 February 2018 - 29 April 2018, Material Sound, https://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/material-sound
2018
Kelly C, 2014, Liquid Architecture (Sydney), exhibited at: Sydney, 04 October 2014 - 05 October 2014, Liquid Architecture (Sydney), https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/events/liquid-architecture-sydney
2014
Kelly C, 2013, Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, exhibited at: City Gallery Wellington, 19 October 2013 - 09 February 2014, Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, http://citygallery.org.nz/exhibitions/sound-full-sound-contemporary-australian-and-new-zealand-art
2013
Kelly C; Kreisler A, 2012, Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, exhibited at: Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Dunedin, New Zealand, 17 July 2012 - 11 November 2012, Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art
2012
Kelly C; White A, 2011, High Reflections, exhibited at: Red Rattler, Sydney, 25 May 2011 - 26 May 2011, High Reflections
2011
Kelly C, 2010, SuperDeluxe @ Artspace curated by caleb.k in the Sydney Biennale, exhibited at: Artspace, Sydney, 19 June 2010, SuperDeluxe @ Artspace curated by caleb.k in the Sydney Biennale
2010
Kelly C, 2010, Caleb Kelly Presents, exhibited at: Issue Project Room, New York, 07 April 2010, Caleb Kelly Presents
2010
Kelly C; White A, 2009, High Reflections, exhibited at: Various Venues, Sydney
2009
Kelly C, 2006, Mistral: acoustic sound, exhibited at: Artspace, Sydney, 12 May 2006 - 27 May 2006, Mistral: acoustic sound
2006
Kelly C, 2005, Typhoon: Performing Sound, exhibited at: Artspace, Sydney, 21 May 2005 - 22 October 2005, Typhoon: Performing Sound
2005
Journal articles
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Kelly C, 2018, 'Materials of Sound: Sound As (More Than) Sound', Journal of Sonic Studies, https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/456784/456785
2018
Kelly C; Gibson R, 2013, 'Contemporary Art & The Noise of TENDING', Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture, http://www.interferencejournal.com/
2013
Kelly C; Poladian L; Barbour MB, 2013, 'Resource Use and the Study Habits in a First-Year Mathematics Service Unit', Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, http://ojs-prod.library.usyd.edu.au/index.php/IISME/article/view/6987/7597
2013
Kelly C, 2003, 'Damaged Sound: Glitching and Skipping Compact Discs in the Audio of Yasunao Tone, Nicolas Collins and Oval.', Leonardo Music Journal, vol. 13, pp. 47 - 52
2003
Kelly C, 2003, 'The Object of Performance: Performativity in Contemporary Laptop Performance', Contemporary Music Review, vol. 22, pp. 59 - 65
2003
Kelly C, 2002, 'Yasunao Tone’s Wounded and Skipping Compact Discs: From Improvisation and Indeterminate Composition to Glitching CDs', Leonardo Electronic Almanac, vol. 10
2002
Books
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Kelly C, 2017, Gallery Sound, Ex:centrics, Bloomsbury Academic, New York, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.wwwproxy1.library.unsw.edu.au/lib/unsw/detail.action?docID=4891168#
2017
Kelly C, 2011, Sound, Kelly C, (ed.), MIT Press / Whitechapel Gallery, Cambridge, Mass / London
2011
Kelly C, 2009, Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
2009
Conference Papers
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Kelly C, 2016, 'The Sound of Materials', in The Sound of Materials, XXIII Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro y Musica Electroacustica, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, presented at XXIII Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro y Musica Electroacustica, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, 17 November 2016 - 17 November 2016, http://www.upv.es/entidades/BBAA/infoweb/fba/info/979376normali.html
2016
Kelly C, 2016, 'The Sound of (Dirty) Materials', in The Sound of (Dirty) Materials, Dirt, Punk, Trash, University of Amsterdam, presented at Dirt, Punk, Trash, University of Amsterdam, 01 December 2016 - 01 December 2016
2016
Kelly C, 2016, 'Intervention and Isolation: Sound in Public Art Space', in Intervention and Isolation: Sound in Public Art Space, Aisthesis and the Common: Reconfiguring the Public Sphere, McGill University, Montreal, presented at Aisthesis and the Common: Reconfiguring the Public Sphere, McGill University, Montreal, 18 March 2016 - 19 March 2016
2016
Kelly C, 2016, 'The Empty Sounding Gallery: Embodied Audiences in the Art Space', in The Empty Sounding Gallery: Embodied Audiences in the Art Space, Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic, Melbourne, presented at Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic, Melbourne, 18 August 2016 - 20 August 2016
2016
Kelly C, 2016, 'Walking and listening in the contemporary art gallery', in Walking and listening in the contemporary art gallery, Translational Research in Creative Practice, University of Queensland, presented at Translational Research in Creative Practice, University of Queensland, 02 November 2016 - 02 November 2016
2016
Kelly C, 2015, 'Dirt[y] Media', in Dirt[y] Media, Sonorities, Goldsmiths, University of London, presented at Sonorities, Goldsmiths, University of London, 17 April 2015 - 17 April 2015, https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=8528
2015
Kelly C, 2015, 'Dirt(y) Media in Australian Contemporary Art', in Dirt(y) Media in Australian Contemporary Art, ENCODE, Dept. of Culture and Literature and the Centre for Peace Studies, UiT Tromsø, Norway., presented at ENCODE, Dept. of Culture and Literature and the Centre for Peace Studies, UiT Tromsø, Norway., 07 June 2015 - 07 June 2015
2015
Kelly C, 2015, 'Noise in the Gallery: Intervention and Isolation in the Gallery Arts', in Noise in the Gallery: Intervention and Isolation in the Gallery Arts, Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), University of Amsterdam, presented at Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), University of Amsterdam, 18 June 2015 - 18 June 2015
2015
Kelly C, 2015, 'The Empty Sounding Gallery: Embodied Audiences in the Art Space', in The Empty Sounding Gallery: Embodied Audiences in the Art Space, Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics, University of Cambridge, presented at Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics, University of Cambridge, 08 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
2015
Kelly C, 2015, 'Noise in the Gallery', in Noise in the Gallery, die Reihe, Beitrage zu auditiver Kunst und Kultur, Universitat der Kunste Berlin, presented at die Reihe, Beitrage zu auditiver Kunst und Kultur, Universitat der Kunste Berlin, 16 July 2015 - 16 July 2016
2015
Kelly C, 2014, 'Listening: the practice of close listening within sound culture', in Listening: the practice of close listening within sound culture, Cultural Studies and the New Uses of Literacy Symposium, UNSW, presented at Cultural Studies and the New Uses of Literacy Symposium, UNSW, 04 April 2014 - 05 April 2014
2014
Kelly C, 2014, 'Dirt[y] Media', in Dirt[y] Media, NECS 2014, Milan, Italy, presented at NECS 2014, Milan, Italy, 19 June 2014 - 21 June 2014
2014
Kelly C, 2013, 'Dirty Media', in Dirty Media, Creative Imperfections, Amsterdam, presented at Creative Imperfections, Amsterdam, 28 November 2013 - 28 November 2013
2013
Kelly C, 2012, 'Glitching the Document', in Glitching the Document, Expanded Documentary Symposium, University of Wollongong, presented at Expanded Documentary Symposium, University of Wollongong, 06 September 2012 - 07 September 2012
2012
Kelly C, 2011, 'Marginalia in the Sound Work of Joyce Hinterding and Christian Marclay [Keynote]', in Marginalia in the Sound Work of Joyce Hinterding and Christian Marclay [Keynote], Marginalia: Towards an Invisible College, Whitechapel Gallery, London, presented at Marginalia: Towards an Invisible College, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 03 November 2011 - 03 November 2011
2011
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Kelly C; Normoyle K, 2015, Performance Lecture: Count and Strike and Spin, Count and Strike and Spin, Errant Bodies, Berlin, Published: 29 July 2015, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2015
Edited Books
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Kelly C, (ed.), 2011, Sound, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/sound
2011

Media Art, Sound in Art, Sound in Music