Neven Lochhead

Neven Lochhead

PhD Student

Film and Media

Arts and Science

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Neven Lochhead is an artist, curator, educator and PhD student in the Screen Cultures and Curatorial studies program. Prior to beginning his degree at Queen’s in 2020, he worked as Director of Programming at SAW Video Media Art Centre from 2017-2019. At SAW, he founded and operated Knot Project Space – a discursive venue through which he engaged local, national, and international artists to present a series of interrelated exhibitions, performances, lectures, learning contexts, residency platforms and off-site public art projects. Central to his curatorial practice and PhD research methodology is a pursuit of how exhibition-making can act as a tool for creating novel forms of collective inquiry, and ultimately generate critical trajectories that directly affect an organisation’s operational structures and imaginative capacities.

As an artist, he often works collaboratively with other artists, writers, and theorists, including the artist and choreographer Tanya Lukin Linklater, with whom he produced various works as a filmmaker from 2017-2022, which were presented at Toronto Biennial of Art, SFMOMA, Tate Modern and other institutions. His solo exhibition at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, From the vibe out, took shape as an video installation, four-part radio program, music album, online performance and learning platform. The exhibition explored a quasi-fictional archive of ‘grey literature’ belonging to an imagined artist-led research institute situated in downtown Kingston.

As an educator, through a Teaching Fellowship at Queen’s in 2021 he created an undergraduate course, Sound and Synthesis, for the Department of Film and Media, which attends to sound as an integral but often overlooked aspect of film and video production and reception. In 2022, Lochhead was awarded a grant from Queen’s University Library to develop his course into an Open Educational Resource.