Curriculum Vitae

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Owen Kelly was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside. He has worked as a community artist, a cultural consultant, a soundscaper and a multimedia programmer. He has an ongoing interest in developing convivial tools that might assist in the struggle for cultural democracy.

He currently works as principal lecturer in online media at Arcada, a university of applied science, in Helsinki.


2014 – now Principal Lecturer, online media at Arcada, University of Applied Sciences

2010 – 2013 Doctoral researcher at Aalto University

2003 – 2013 Lecturer, online media at Arcada, University of Applied Sciences

1998 – 2003 Multimedia designer at Endero

1994 – 1998 Course leader for multimedia at Lambeth College, London

1990 – 1994 cultural consultant

1980 – 1990 founder / community artist at Mediumwave, Brixton, London


2012 – 2015 Doctor of Arts (with distinction) from Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture

2004 – 2007 MA in E-Pedagogy at University of Industrial Art & Design, Helsinki, Finland.

1969 – 1973 BA (Hons) in English Literature & Sciology, University of Keele, Staffordshire, England.

Selected Affiliations

2012 – 2017 Board member of Piknik Frequency Ry

2011 – 2012 Active member of Pixelache

2003 – 2009 Founder at League of Worlds, an international annual conference on the educational use of virtual worlds


2015 Ambient Learning & Self Authorship (doctoral thesis). Helsinki: Aalto University Publications

2013 Urban No-Mind, a phenomenological diary. Helsinki: HLM

1996 Digital Creativity. London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

1994: The Creative Bits (with Eva Wojdat). London: Comedia

1986 Culture & Democracy (with John Lock & Karen Merkel). London: Comedia

1984 Community, Art & the State. London: Comedia

Selected Publications

2017 Cultural Democracy: developing technologies and dividuality, in Dr. Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty (joint editors), 2016. Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: the British Community Arts Movement 1968-1986. London: Routledge

2011 Marinetta: a culture not a classroom, in Randy Hinrichs & Charles Wankel (eds), 2011. Transforming Virtual World Learning. Bingley, UK: Emerald

2011 Diagrammatic Inquiry: Rosario is not Virtual and it is not Reality, in Len Annetta & Stephen Bronack (eds), 2011. Serious Educational Game Assessment. Boston: Sense Publishers

2010 Sexton Blake & the virtual culture of Rosario: a biji, in Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss (ed), 2010. Mashup Culture. Vienna: Springer/Verlag