Dr Kieran Nolan (b.1976) is an award-winning artist-researcher, indie-game designer and academic from Cavan, Ireland. He is a lecturer in Creative Media at Dundalk Institute of Technology since 2007, and Co-Director of DkIT’s Creative Arts Research Centre.

He holds a PhD in Computer Science specialising in Game Studies and Media Art from Trinity College Dublin (SCSS and Digital Arts and Humanities PhD Programmes, 2019), an MA in Learning and Teaching from DkIT (2012), an MA in Interactive Media from the University of Limerick (2002), a BDes (Hons) in Digital Media from LYIT (2001), and an NDip in Design Communications (1998) also from LYIT / ATU Donegal.

Kieran’s interdisciplinary research explores the aesthetic, material, and connective properties of arcade videogame interfaces, through digital art, design critique, and platform histories.

His teaching draws upon broad scholarship and industry experience in interaction design, game development, VR and AR, creative coding, physical computing, and visual communications.

Kieran’s work has been published at conferences and exhibitions worldwide including ACM SIGGRAPH, Tokyo Game Show, History of Games, Vector Festival (Toronto), D.A.T.A. (Dublin), The Science Gallery (Dublin), EGX Leftfield Collection (London), Future and Reality of Gaming / F.R.O.G. (Vienna), International Symposium on Electronic Art / ISEA (Belfast, Hong Kong), ZIL Cultural Centre (Moscow), A MAZE (Berlin), METEOR (Tokyo), MAKE (Cork), Transmediale (Berlin), the Art.CHI exhibition at ACM CHI (Seoul), Game On! El arte en juego (Buenos Aires), CHI Play (Amsterdam), CEEGS (Lublin, Trnava), Playing The Game (Milan), IEEE GEM (Galway), the Electronic Literature Organisation Conference (Cork), iHCI (Dundalk, Limerick), Out Of Index (Seoul), ITU Centre for Computer Games Research (Copenhagen), Game Talks at IULM University (Milan), State of Play (Dublin), Collaborative Game Histories (Tampere), JSNation (Amsterdam), Replaying Japan (Nottingham, Kyoto, Liège, Edmonton), Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo), and DiGRA (Lunebürg, Dundee, Turin, Kraków).

Honours and Awards (Selected)

Winner, Experience Design Category, 21st IDI Awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland, 2020.

Awardee, Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts, Leonardo / The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, 2020.

Selected Exhibit, Indie Game Arena, Tokyo Game Show, 2020.

Jury Selection, 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, 2020.

Winner, Technical Achievement Award, Imirt Irish Game Awards, 2019.

President’s Award for Research Excellence, Early Career Researcher (Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), Dundalk Institute of Technology, 2017.

Official Selection, International Symposium on Electronic Art / ISEA, Hong Kong, 2016.

Official Selection, Out Of Index Experimental Games Festival, Seoul, 2015.

Finalist, A MAZE International Independent Game Awards, Berlin, 2014.

Shortlisted, Upstart Nokia N-GAGE Game Design Challenge, 2003.

President’s Award for Academic Excellence, University of Limerick, 2002.

Design Student of the Year, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, 1998.

Winner, Multimedia Category, Glen Dimplex Graduate Design Awards, IDI / Institute of Designers in Ireland, 1998.