Mr Wesley Goatley

Post:Associate (Sussex Digital Humanities Lab)
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Wesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher in critical data aesthetics whose practice examines opaque power and hidden processes in data and networked technologies through installations, objects, and talks.

Following his MA in Music and Sonic Media at Sussex, Wesley received a scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab to pursue a critical and creative practice PhD in critical data aesthetics.  This research addresses the politics of data and practitioner intervention, towards developing critical practices of data aestheticisation which promote reflexivity and cultural critique.

Wesley's ongoing artistic practice explores and informs his research, such as The Dark Age of Connectionism (2017).  This work explored the hidden capacities of always-listening devices such as the Amazon Echo, and the capacities we have to unravel the massive systems which these devices rely upon.

He is currently an associate lecturer on the London College of Communication's Interaction Design Communcation MA.

A list of recent works can be found on his website:

Twitter: @wesleygoatley

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Doctoral Researcher, Sussex Humanities Lab


University of Sussex 2015-2019

  • Doctorate in Creative and Critical Practice

University of Sussex 2013-2015

  • MA (Distinction): Music & Sonic Media



Recent Exhibitions:

  • Atmospheric Disturbances, Milan Design Week, Milan, IT.
  • The Dark Age of Connectionism, SFX Sound Art Festival, Seoul, SK.
  • The Listener, The Glass Room, London, UK
  • The Dark Age of Connectionism: Captivity, IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, NL
  • Mephitic Air, Brighton Digital Festival 2017 at ONCA Gallery, Brighton, UK
  • Moving Mephitic Air, London Design Festival 2017, Somerset House, London, UK
  • The Dark Age of Connectionism, Lighthouse Arts, Brighton, UK
  • The Listener, Queen's University, Kingston, CA
  • Breathing Mephitic Air, Somerset House, London, UK
  • The Listener, Patchlab Digital Arts Festival, Krakow, PL
  • Watching Mephitic Air, London Design Festival 2016, London, UK
  • Ground Resistance, MK International Festival 2016, Milton Keynes, UK
  • The Listener, Oddstream Festival 2016, Nijmegen, NE
  • As Above Not BelowArtefact 2016 at STUK, Leuven, BE