Dave Kemp


Dave Kemp is a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology: particularly at how these  elds shape

our perception and understanding of the world. His artworks have been exhibited widely at venues such as at the McIntosh Gallery, The Agnes Etherington Art

Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Ontario Science Centre, York Quay Gallery, Interaccess, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and as part of the Switch video

festival in Nenagh, Ireland. His works are also included in the permanent collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Canada Council Art Bank.

Dave obtained his PhD in Art and Visual Culture from the University of Western Ontario and is a graduate from the Master of Visual Studies program at the

University of Toronto where he also completed the Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design. Prior to this, he earned an Image Arts (photography) BFA

from Ryerson University and his BScE in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. He currently works as a sessional instructor at Western University.


My research, in both an academic and artistic sense, stems from a life-long fascination with science and technology, and draws strongly from my engineering

background. I explore the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology, investigating how these  elds shape our knowledge, perception and

understanding of the world. In the past, this has involved looking at the social and political implications of science and technology, and producing hybrid projects,

such as Image Matter (2006) and Data Collection (2010).

Recently, my attention shifted from the political and social implications of art, science and technology to examining the types of knowledge, and ways of knowing,

associated with each of these  elds. My particular interest is in the more intuitive, artistic and tacit ways of knowing that are often overlooked and

underappreciated (especially within the sciences and academia).


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