Aideen Doran was born in Northern Ireland in 1984 and currently lives and works in Glasgow. She studied a BA at The University of Ulster and subsequently received an MA from the Glasgow School of Art. She also holds a Practice-led PhD in Visual Art from Northumbria. A selection of solo and group exhibitions include: Mineral Supplements commissioned by Cass Sculpture Foundation at SWG3, Glasgow; The Imagined City, audio bus tour of Belfast city; Coppice at Verge Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Power User, screening at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle (2016); Film Open touring programme: Spike Island, Bristol Castlefield Gallery ICA, London; Im Bau (solo project), Grand Union, Birmingham (2015); Manchester, Eastside Projects, Birmingham; S1 Artspace, Sheffield, Transmission, Glasgow; Looking for Work, group show at Regina Rex, Brooklyn, U.S.A.
(2014); Momentous Times, group show at CCA Derry/Londonderry (2013); Featherweight Portable Museum, touring group show at Oksasenkatu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, Gallery Rajatile, Tampere, Finland & Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2012). In 2016 Doran was shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award for artist’s working with moving image.
Aideen Doran plays with notions of artistic labor and material production in her work. She is interested in how being an artist inherently subverts the common conception of productivity. She often draws on pre-existing texts and appropriates pre-established materials and content in order to separate them from their utilitarian function. She has recently begun to adopt digital media in order to create ambiguous and speculative narratives surrounding her chosen materials. She aims to highlight the contingent aspect to information and materiality and draw attention to how it is always subject to chance, nature and degradation.