Daniel Jewesbury was born in south London in 1972 and studied Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin between 1992 and 1996. Upon graduating Daniel moved to Belfast, where he studied for a PhD in the Media Studies department of the University of Ulster, between 1997 and 2001. Daniel’s was the first piece of part-practical research completed in the department, and one of the main outcomes was the video installation Mirage, which was presented in his first solo exhibition, at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. The piece was an ambitious three-screen, computer-driven video installation, filmed at London Bridge, in Arizona.1
Bio & Career
In recent years Daniel has worked in 16mm film and video installation, photography, text pieces, and performance; his projects have been developed with galleries and institutions around the world. In 2012, Daniel collaborated with composer Ian Wilson, producing live video projections for his new opera I Burn For You, which was commissioned by Aldeburgh Music. The piece toured the UK in 2015.
Daniel has worked as a curator and event programmer for many years. In 2010 Daniel curated the exhibition re:public at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, in collaboration with GradCAM, the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, with whom he was a Visiting Fellow. In 2015 he was invited to be one of the selectors of Pallas Projects’ exhibition Periodical Review #5, in Dublin. Daniel was a founder of the film-screening organisation Cinilingus and of the audiovisual festival Visonic, both of which organised major events across Northern Ireland.
Writing has always been a central part of Daniel’s practice: he began publishing criticism while still studying at NCAD, first in Circa, and subsequently in a range of journals and magazines including Art Monthly, Source and Flash Art. Daniel has written catalogue essays for Willie Doherty (including a major text for Northern Ireland’s 2007 Venice Biennale catalogue,) and Duncan Campbell (most recently, a text for the 2013 Scotland at Venice exhibition catalogue), and for many others including Roderick Buchanan and Garrett Phelan. He has published longer critical pieces in journals including Third Text, the Edinburgh Review and Art & Research and in various books (see the Writing link for more detailed information and some texts). Daniel was a co-editor of Variant from 2000 until 2012, and has edited various other publications. He was also a prolific contributor to Belfast’s satirical newspaper The Vacuum (though not always under his own name). The highlight of Daniel’s critical career came when he was sued for libel by property developers.
Daniel is an experienced public speaker and broadcaster, and he’s also in demand to chair conferences and other public events.
Daniel works as a Lecturer in Film at the University of Ulster, teaching various courses on experimental cinema and photo-imaging, as well as running the exhibition of final-year students’ practical work.