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Dr Jonathan Cummins

Lecturer in Time-based Media

Profile image of Dr Jonathan Cummins


Belfast School of Art


Art and Design Research


Room BA-02-019 Belfast BT15 1ED



Jonathan is a lecturer in time-based media, a researcher and Art and Context Cluster leader with the Research Institute of Art and Design. His teaching supports cinematic arts, image making and writing on the BDes Hons Design for Visual Communications and research supervision with the Research Graduate School.

His work, which is made for gallery and screen, employs documentary and drama alongside participatory and durational approaches of working to reflect on themes such as ideological belief, ethics and representation and community. He has exhibited his film-based practice at EVA, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, NCAD Gallery, Void, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris and other venues. An active curator, he has curated exhibitions for artists including Katrina Palmer, Brian Maguire, Santiago Sierra, Phil Collins, Eija-Liisa Ahtila and John Gerrard. He regularly contributes to events and conferences including:

  • ‘Civil Unrest and Socio-Political Changes: Marginalisation, Disintegration, Exclusion’, 2015, Tblisi State University, Georgia
  • ‘Participatory Culture and the Future of Democracy’, Institute of Journalism Media and Social Communication, 2016, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • ‘The Impossible Conversation’, NCAD/Hugh Lane/Void, Dublin/Derry, 2013/14
  • AICA colloquium on Censorship in the Arts’, University of Ulster, Belfast 2012
  • ‘Public-Education: Another Place Another Thinking’, Grad-Cam/The Lab. Dublin, 2012
  • ‘Re-Imagining Imprisonment in Europe’, Trinity College, Dublin, 2012
  • ‘Engendering Dialogue III, Pedagogical Encounters: Feminist Philosophy and Education’ University of Dundee, 2012.

Jonathan studied for his MFA in Media Art with the School of Art and Architecture, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and he also studied screenwriting with UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He studied sociology at Trinity College Dublin.