Scream

Machine

to speak with intense expression

a device for performing a task
a sudden loud penetrating cry, expressing anger, terror or pain
an instrument that transmits or modifies the application of power or force
to make violent protestations a structure or constructed thing whether material or immaterial
to move with a screaming sound an assemblage of parts that transmit forces, motion and energy one to another in some predetermined manner and to some desired end
to produce a vivid startling effect a person or organization that acts like or resembles a machine

I am an Irish artist, living and working in New York since 1987. I continue to work on an ever-evolving project titled “screaMachine”, which I started in 1987. ScreaMachine is realized in the form of installations, performances, audio and video works, films, digital media art and more. My work is by nature experimental; it pushes the boundaries of new media, experiential and time based art. I produce works that are flexible and that can have many incarnations.

Gearoid Dolan a.k.a. screaMachine

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Narrative
With a background playing in punk bands, Dolan turned to performance art with a political edge at a very early age, performing on stages at Dublin punk events accompanied by his audio recordings and slide projections, 1981 - 1983. In 1985 he was shown in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, a large scale installation and performance piece also involving audio recordings and slide projections. In 1986, he produced an installation/performance piece in the Dublin Mountains, "Deep in the Woods", that lead to an unscrupulous “journalist” declaring it a “demonic shrine”, causing a week-long media sensation, first sparking fears of some occult rituals, then trying to come to grips with it as a work of art. Dolan developed a style of performance featuring audio/video/film/animation and props accompanying the performer and in 1987 performed in Temple Bar Gallery with all these elements. He moved to New York later that year and started branding his works with the name “screaMachine”, beginning with a performance series shown at ABC No Rio, 1987/1988 with multiple film projections, animations and audio accompanying. Since then he has been performing in the underground performance scene in New York, dipping in and out of the Art World, doing street interventions and developing new media techniques. In 1989 Franklin Furnace featured his “Survival... Against All Odds” series. In 1990 at PS1 Contemporary Art Center Dolan presented a month long installation and performance series. In 1992 he got to return home and perform in Dublin’s Trinity College. Through the 90’s Dolan further developed the A/V components, moving into digital media and video projection. For 10 years he presented new works in his storefront studio in Manhattan, presented multi screen animated video installations in nightclubs and underground spaces and developed video works for web streaming in its infancy and was an early pioneer of the medium. In 1996 he launched his website www.screaMachine.com. In 1999 he presented his first “Drive-By” video performance at the newly formed DUMBO Arts Festival, the start of a 13 year run presenting new works at this festival.
In 2000, Dolan had his first solo gallery show, at the Moving Image Gallery in Soho, NYC. Since 2000 Dolan has received numerous New York State Council on the Arts awards for Film, Video and New Technologies, funding many large scale performances and the development of new technologies, starting with a reworking and retooling of his Drive By series in 2003, which continues to evolve. He has shown at The Kitchen (NYC), Westbourne Studios (London), Western Front (Vancouver), Tulca Arts Festival (Galway), FILE (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Darklight Festival (Dublin), Inport (Estonia), TED-X NYC and many more venues and festivals around the world. In 2010 Dolan introduced his latest outdoor street intervention interactive video projection device, presenting the piece “Target Assault” at locations around New York City. Following along with the Occupy Wall St movement, 2011/2012, Dolan documented the protests and interactions with police and created a series of 8 semi-animated shorts, titled “The 99%”, presenting them in video installations, including at The Storefront for Art and Architecture and on the streets of New York in Drive-By projection performances in 2013.
Dolan continues to do body performances accompanied by sometimes simple and sometimes complex A/V components; to do street interventions with physical performances and with projections; and to seek new ways of interacting with the public outside of the Art World.
Gearóid Dolan was been Director of the Computer Studio and taught digital media at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York from 2000 - 2017

Currently working on the latest NYSCA Film, Media and New Technology Award project "Protest"

Gearóid Dolan a.k.a. screaMachine
Place of birth: Dublin, Ireland
Date of birth: 03/27/65

Education

1987

Diploma in Fine Art / Sculpture,
National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland

1984

Certificate in Visual Education,
Dunlaoghaire College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland

Visiting Artist

2015 visiting artist Arts Letters & Numbers Albany, NY
2013 visiting artist Arts Letters & Numbers Albany, NY
2011 visiting artist Cooper Union School of Architecture New York, NY
2007 guest artist Cooper Union School of Art New York, NY
2005 visiting artist The Burren School of Art graduate program Galway, Ireland
2004

guest artist/panelist in "Spinet"

Cooper Union New York, NY
2003 guest artist Western Front performance center Vancouver, Canada
2002 featured digital media artist Rhizome website rhizome.org
ongoing since 2001 featured digital media artist in video installation rooms Remote New York, NY

2000

featured digital media artist

Moving Image Gallery website

movingimagegallery.com

1999

guest panelist

Franklin Furnace’s bi-weekly webcast

pseudo.com

1999

resident multimedia installation artist

Ossam nightclub

New York, NY

1997-98

resident video artist

BLT Radio’s weekly live ‘Headset’ webcast

bltradio.com

1995-97

resident multimedia installation artist

Jungle Nation nightclub

New York, NY

1990

guest lecturer

Art Center School of Art post-grad program

Pasadena, CA

     

Other

     
2017 Participatory Safety Inc Award for interactive public art New York City New York, NY
2016 NY State Arts Film/Video and New Technologies production grant New York City New York, NY
2011 NY State Arts Film/Video and New Technologies production grant New York City New York, NY
2008 NY State Arts Film/Video and New Technologies production grant New York City New York, NY
2006 C.A.S.E. Arts grant New York City New York, NY
2005 NY State Arts Film/Video and New Technologies production grant New York City New York, NY
2004 Experimental TV Center Presentation grant New York City New York, NY
2004 Media the Foundation Technical Assistance grant New York City New York, NY
2003 New York Foundation on the Arts performance grant New York City New York, NY
2002 NY State Arts Film/Video and New Technologies production grant New York City New York, NY

1998

screaMachine.com

website launched

screaMachine.com
1995 G-man DJ persona started releasing CDs screaMachine.com
1993 NY State Arts video post-production grant residency at Adaptors Inc. Brooklyn, NY

1991-2001

screaMachine studio

window exhibition space

75 E.3rd St. NYC

       

2000-2017

since 2000

Director & Faculty

Computer Studio, School of Art, Cooper Union

New York, NY

1996-2000

Computer Studies teacher &Technology Coordinator

Stevens Cooperative School

Hoboken, NJ

Works, documentation, slides and online files available at:

Performance Art in Ireland: a History By Aine Phillips ISBN-978-1-78320-428-1

Franklin Furnace Archive (NY): www.franklinfurnace.org
Post Media Network (NY): www.michelethursz.com
Rhizome (NY): www.rhizome.org
Art House (IRL): www.arthouse.ie
Retiform (NY): http://retiform.ath.cx
DUMBO Art Center (NY): http://www.dumboartscenter.org
Irish Arts Review: http://www.irishartsreview.com
Herb Lubalin Study Center, Cooper Union: http://www.cooper.edu/art/lubalin
Circa arts magazine: http://www.recirca.com/reviews/2006/tulca/t.shtml
Body Type 2: bodytypebook.com
Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art: stuckuppieceofcrap.com

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2017     Taking It To The Streets M.O.R.U.S. New York City
      Protest Union Square New York City
    Resist The Front New York City
      Unnatural Election Kimmel Galleries New York City
      Protest Theatre for the New City New York City
2016     Protest 41 Cooper Gallery New York City
      Protest Union Square New York City
    Vote The Front New York City
      Protest Art in Odd Places New York City
    Broken The Front New York City
      Protest Chelsea Hotel Loves Art New York City
2015 Psoup Kitchen The Front New York City
    Define Me The Front New York City
    Wall St Bomb Bubble Crash Wish Arts Letters & Numbers Albany, NY
      K-Train Burning Man Festival BRC, NA
2014   Psoup Kitchen Figment Arts Festival Governor's Island, NYC
      K-Train Burning Man Festival BRC, NA
      K-Train FreaKKshow Brooklyn, NY
2013 Sandy @ C The Front New York City
      Facilitating Strategic Disruption Bowery Poetry Club New York City
    Wall St Bomb Bubble Crash Wish YANS & RETO Festival New York City
  The 99% - S-17 2 Tompkins Square Park New York City
  The 99% - a Drive-By performance NYC Financial District New York City
  The GOP Inside of Me Arts Letters & Numbers Albany, NY
    The 99% From Obama to Occupy @ BAX Brooklyn, NY
2012 Target Assault TED X @ Cooper Union New York City
    The GOP Inside of Me YANS & RETO Festival New York City
      FreaKKshow FreaKKshow New York City
2011   Strategies for Public Occupation Storefront for Art and Architecture New York City
  Pre-Occupation Occupy Wall St event New York City
    D-Void Burning Man Festival BRC, NA
      FreaKKshow FreaKKshow Brooklyn, NY
2010   Target Assault DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
    Target Assault FreaKKshow Brooklyn, NY
  Target Assault Cooper Union New York City
      This is Not a Bicycle Cooper Union New York City
2009   R/Evolution DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
    R/Evolution Burning Man Festival BRC, NA
    Torture Cooper Union New York City
2008 Torture DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
    Drag D.A.C. Gallery Brooklyn, NY
      screaMachine performances Live@8 Galway, IRL
2007 Aggression Cooper Union New York City
    Target Assault Inport Performance Fest Tallinn, Estonia
  Target Assault DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
  Define Me D.A.C. Gallery Brooklyn, NY
    Fightback series NYC Streets New York City
    Protest MOMA/ Times Square/ NYC Streets New York City
2006   WTF? NYC Streets New York City
  Passage DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
  Separate NYSCA performance series New York City
2005   Gotta Keep It Up Inport Performance Fest Tallinn, Estonia
  Separate Tulca Arts Festival Galway, IRL
  Separate DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
   

Urban Landscapes

Howl Festival New York, NY
    Separate Howl Festival New York, NY
  Separate ISCP New York, NY
2004     Urban Visionaries Cooper Union New York, NY
    Protest Tompkins Square Park New York, NY
    Protest DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
      Art Against War Majilis Cultural Center Mumbai, India
2003 xeShow Collective Unconscious New York, NY
  WARAID DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
  Urban Landscapes Coney Island Museum Brooklyn, New York
      F.I.L.E. Hipersonica Hyper Audio Fest Sao Paulo, Brazil
    F.I.L.E. Electronic Language Fest. Paço das Artes Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Protest/Entertainment New Forms Festival Vancouver, Canada
  Drive-By performances NYSCA performance series New York City
      Manipulated Identities Selfware digital video fest Graz, Austria
    Protest/Entertainment X-fest @ Remote New York, NY
  Protest/Entertainment Houton Gallery New York, NY
      Art Against War Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery Clinton South Carolina
      Art Against War NY Art Space & Macy Gallery New York, NY
2002 Without DUMBO Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
      Performance Art Today MAS Gallery Odzaci, Yugoslavia
      Prix Ars Electronica 2002 Cyberarts 2002 Linz, Austria
    Vacationland Westbourne Studios London, England
2001 Nothing & More Icon @ Remote New York, NY
  Drive By Brooklyn Front Gallery Brooklyn, NY
   

Vacationland

Arthouse Dublin, IRL
    1.44 Megs Rhizome New York, NY
2000

screaMachine

Moving Image Gallery New York, NY
      Abode w/Loftus Arthouse Dublin, IRL
    ARTimation Makor Gallery New York, NY
    Future Shadows Darklight Film Festival Dublin, IRL
    tech know-LOGIC Moving Image Gallery New York, NY
    Eject III RCA Limerick, IRL
    Digital Happy Hour The Kitchen New York, NY
    Without You ABC No Rio New York, NY
1999   Anatomy I PS122 Gallery New York, NY
  Drive-by D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
    Float Smack Mellon Studios Brooklyn, NY
1997   New American Art Show Tweed Gallery New York, NY
1996   Progressive Propaganda Art in General New York, NY
1993 Without (installation) 10 on 8 New York, NY
    Political Cabaret Tribecca Lab New York, NY
    Without (screening) P.S. 122 New York, NY
1992   False Democracy 10 on 8 New York, NY
    Politics Trinity College Dublin, IRL
1990 Aggression Art Center Pasadena, CA
    Urban Landscape P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

L.I.C., NY

1989   Politics R.A.P.P. Arts Center New York, NY
  Survival Against All Odds Franklin Furnace New York, NY
1988   Cross to Bear The New Theater New York, NY
    Politics ABC No Rio New York, NY
1987   Perversion... ABC No Rio New York, NY
    Cross to Bear ABC No Rio New York, NY
    Aggression ABC No Rio New York, NY
  Cross to Bear Temple Bar Gallery Dublin, IRL
1986   Deep in the Woods Stepaside Dublin, IRL
1985   Factory Irish Exhibition of Living Art Dublin, IRL
         
    = solo show    

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