Dr Joseph Noonan-Ganley

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Fine Art
Department Art
Email j.noonan-ganley (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Joseph Noonan-Ganley

Joseph's art explores how identity is collaboratively made in the process of interpreting others, being interpreted by others and the integration of these relationships.

Aiming to expand queer sensory vocabularies by complexifying male sexuality it exposes problems that are cleansed out of contemporary queer culture (e.g. political ambivalence). The works draw from the literary genre of bio-fiction, feminist bodily experience, theories of sexual dissidence and materialist filmmaking.

Joseph often takes as artistic material the lives and works of bisexual and homosexual men (Charles James, Gareth Thomas). He openly manipulates the remnants of these artists, designers, sports people, dressmakers and writers. Unearthed materials are remade through filming, sculptural construction and textual experimentation in explicit detail. Examples include: letters riddled with arguments and an amateur mini-TV series shot on a grandmother’s camcorder.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Fine Art, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, 2017
  • Masters Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2013
  • BA Fine Art Painting, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 2009

Teaching and Supervision

Joseph has taught art across BA, MA & PhD level internationally for over a decade. He has taught in the art department at Goldsmiths since 2012 and is currently a lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Art.

His supervision interests are in the areas of moving image, sculpture, performance, queer art, text/writing art, sexual dissidence, materialism, experimental biography and identity exploration.

Research interests

Joseph's recent work The Cesspool of Rapture, 2017, consists moving-image studies of zippers, stains, rips, abrasions, openings, and closings in a series of dresses made by the American couturier Charles James (1906-1978). These videos register and move through James’ garments, his pornographic drawings and graphic illustrations of fastening devices at alternating speeds. This is registered in sound by an encyclopaedic catalogue of sonic gestures derived from the zipper and synced to each individual frame. It is at times violent and at other times tentative and gentle as the uncovering of the damage to the dresses unfolds. Chopped up audio recordings of James explicating his interests in homoeroticism and sexuality persistently interject the footage. The explicit language of his conversation and his drawings animate the experiences of the people that once wore the garments.

This work includes the installation of a series of reconstructions of James’s 1932 Taxidress. Its black linen body is reconfigured and abstracted as the splayed design makes unfinished seams and unzipped zippers visible.

Joseph is part of the ongoing exhibition series Something To Be Scared Of with recent shows at no.w.here, London, Syndicate gallery, Cologne, and A.M. London.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Selected exhibitions and performances

• Happy Hypocrite, Without Reduction, 2021, Bookworks & Resonance Fm.
• European Conference Of Institutional Ideators, 2019, Grölle Passprojects,
Wuppertal, Germany.
• Rest Breaks, 2019, a.m. London, London.
• Sad Mirror, 2018, Xero, Kline & Coma Gallery, London.
• Amended Plastics, 2017, Puntwg, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
• Something II Be Scared Of, 2017, Syndicate Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
• Stories From The Sculpture City, 2017, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds.
• On Dedication, 2016, CPS Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
• Plural Melts: Femme Fabrications, 2016, Yvonne Lambert
Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
• Café Night, 2016, Taaffe, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
• Recording At The North Wall, 2015, North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford.
• In The Line Of Beauty, 2013-14, Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin.

Selected writing

• I Gave Them To All The Guys In The Room, 2021, Happy Hypocrite,
Without Reduction, Bookworks, London.
• Our Prop Mud, 2021, "" & Nero Editions.
• Deflexion, 2020, A Queer Anthology Of Wilderness, 2020, Pilot Press, London.
• My Library, 2019, European Conference Of Institutional Ideators, Grölle Passprojects,
• The Kink In The Arc: A Sanatorium For The Weary Of Image, 2019,
• … The Writing Strand In Art Departments, 2019, Comcrit, Sandberg Instituut,
• The Cesspool Of Rapture, 2019, Ma Bibliotheque, London/france.
• Excerpt From Femme Fabrications, 2016, Oar: Oxford Artistic And Practice Based
Research Platform.
• Femme Fabrications, 2016, Eros Journal.
• Object Oriented Philosophy And The Criticality Of Critical Thought,
2014, O-zone: A Journal Of Object-oriented Studies, Issue 1: Object/ecology, Edited By Levi
Bryant And Eileen Joy.

Selected curating and editing

• Scene 93 Omitted, 2014, By Frank Wasser, Curated By Joseph Noonan-ganley And Sam
Keogh, Xero, Cline And Coma, London.
• Shady Dealings With Language: History Arises, 2014, Curated By Joseph
Noonan-ganley And Claire Potter, Toast, Manchester.
• Oh Wicked Flesh!, 2013, Published By The South London Gallery.
• Idioglossia, An Art Writing Glossary, 2012, Published By Hato Press, London.

Selected research funding

• The Elephant Trust, 2020-2022.
• Academic Fellow In Fine Art, Fine Art Department, Newcastle University, 2019-2022.
• National Irish Visual Arts Library, National College Of Art And Design, Dublin, Acquisition: 2018.
• Arts And Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship, St. John’s
College And University Of Oxford, 2014-2017.
• Ahrc - (International Research Undertaken At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art And Brooklyn Museum Of Art), New York, 2017.
• Travel And Research Award, St. John’s College, 2017.
• Ahrc - (International Research Undertaken At The Joseph Cornell Study Centre), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington Dc,
• Academic Research Grant, University Of Oxford, 2016.
• Travel And Research Award, St. John’s College, 2016.
• Ahrc (International Research Undertaken At The Finnish Literature Society In Helsinki And The University Of Turku), Finland, 2015.
• Training And Networking - European Commission, 2009.

Teaching overview

Joseph established and ran the Fine Art PhD research programme at Newcastle University (2019-2022) and the Language and Performance course on the Studio for Immediate Spaces MA at the Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2015-2019). As well as his role on the Graduate Diploma in Art at Goldsmiths he teaches on the MFA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.

Selected teaching experience:
• Newcastle University (2018-2022) – PhD Fine Art & BA Fine Art
• Goldsmiths, University of London (2019-2021) – PhD Fine Art & BA Fine Art
• Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2014 - current) - MFA & BA Fine Art
• University of Reading (2021) – PhD Fine Art
• Goldsmiths, University of London (2017-2021) – BA Fine Art & History of Art
• London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (2020-2021) - Art Direction BA
• The School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University (2018-2021) - BA Fine Art
• University of Huddersfield (2018-2021) – External examiner, Fine Art MA by research
• Goldsmiths, University of London (2019-2020) – MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image
• Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2015-2019) – Language and Performance; Studio for Immediate Spaces MA
• Bath Spa University (2018-2019) – BA Fine Art
• Liverpool John Moores University (2018) – BA Fine Art
• Royal College of Art, London (2017-2018) - Critical Practice MA
• Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2015) - External examiner, Critical Studies MA
• Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts (2013) – Staff research symposia
• National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2010-2011) – BA Fine Art Sculpture