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Joe Duffy

Senior Lecturer

Joe Duffy

Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Filmmaking and International Lead for SODA.

My practice engages with analogue and emergent technologies around moving image/screen/mark-making/mapping and storytelling.

I perform stories to relay embedded narratives of traumatic landscapes and investigate an immersive sensory potential of experiencing and encountering place. Current research is centred around Cillini sites in Ireland and exploring the use of VR and shared experiences of infant loss in order to transform them into empowered healing spaces.

As International Lead for SODA and a proud Mancunian I represent and promote the excellent work that our students and staff produce and develop. I facilitate opportunities for us to connect globally via the development of partnerships, projects, staff and student mobility so all of our students can have an international perspective.

Currently External Examiner for:
Leeds Arts University
BA (Hons) Filmmaking

De Montfort/Asia Pacific University Malaysia.
BA (Hons) in Multimedia Technology
BA (Hons) in Multimedia Technology with a specialism in Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
BA (Hons) in Media and Communication Studies

I also engage with a number of course validation events for the Open University and a number of other institutions.


Between Two Deserts

An exploration of a newly forming urban space, it's fabric and infrastructure a landscape being defined, a city of possibilities and prospects in a process of becoming or dissolving. The title referring to a quote from Calvino's 'Invisible Cities' renders the place as a hypothetical one, considering it's physicality and in between-ness as subjective to perception. Details…


Block Length of Work: 6:40 mins Sound: Stereo One line summary of the work: Rhythmic patterns of individual existence integrated into the fabric of architectural habitat. Synopsis: Block is a video piece concerned with the relationship of individuals to contemporary urban environment through the modernist architectural living spaces of a tower block in Salford, UK. Details…


Images that evoke a sense of escape through the obliteration of architectural forms. Apocalyptic dread is layered into notions of paradise and utopian futures via a continual cyclical narrative of disasters unfolding and surfaces scarred with the traces and marks of exit, as the sites of a great evacuation. Details…


Space is mapped and land is filled, through the animation of gps data co-ordinates and interconnected narrative excerpts with trashpickers and members of squatter communities in the Jakarta slums. The animation is a journey around Jakarta to the landfill site at Bantar Gebang, home of the rubbish from the 25million population of Indonesia's capital. Details…

The Lament

The Lament is an experimental documentary filmed entirely by drone that exposes the taboo sites of the Cillini in rural Ireland. They are the traumatic sites of oppressive religious practice, the burial grounds of infants who died before baptism and were banished by the Catholic church from consecrated ground. Details…

Untitled Coin Operation

Birkbeck & Duffy explore Sound and Image based exploration into narrative potentials and de-familiarisation of automated childrens rides, as often found within shopping and retail spaces. This first video piece reveals dark tensions beneath the surface of the characters 'Noddy' and 'Tessie Bear'. Details…

Zizkov Panoramic

A multi-screen installation that deals with the notion of viewpoints using Prague's Zizkov TV tower as a central location for a range of relationships centred around the gaze; from the touristic and observational to the surveillance of movement within urban space. A spatial layering of the built environment from the central to the peripheral is visually and physically captured as the cityscape reveals its network of relationships through fragments of the personal, political, architectural and historical. Details…



Joseph Duffy, 2016. Supernormal Festival, Aug 5th - 7th 2016, supernormal festival UK, 5/8/2016.


Baines, J., Carpenter, A., Daniels, C., Duffy, J., Meech, S., Stark, M., Griffiths, D., 2014. Film + Video from Manchester, VideoFAG, Toronto, 16/12/2014.

Baines, J., Carpenter, A., Daniels, C., Duffy, J., Meech, S., Stark, M., Griffiths, D., 2014. Film Material Soup + LUX13, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Laban Centre, London, 16/10/2014 - 6/11/2014.


Duffy, J., 2014. Moments in Time, MIA, Pasadena, USA, November 2013.

Between Two Deserts

Duffy, J., 2014. The Fire and The Rose, Vertical Gallery Manchester, November 2014.

Duffy, JOP., Alice Kettle, Tongue Zhou, 2014. The Fire and The Rose, Benzie Gallery, Manchester, 5/11/2014.

Griffiths, DA., Duffy, J., 2013. Archipelagoes, Sandao Gallery, 23/6/2013 - 13/7/2013.

Griffiths, D., Duffy, J., 2013. Archipelagoes, Sandao Gallery, 23/6/2013 - 13/7/2013.

Duffy, J., 2012. Peripheries, Piccadilly Place, October 2011.

Duffy, J., Griffiths, D., 2011. Outcasting: A Century of Artists Film, Oriel Mwldan, 21/5/2011 - 2/7/2011.

Duffy, J., Griffiths, D., 2011. The Lost Thread, Rogue Studios, Manchester.

Duffy, J. Birkbeck, E, 2010. Your Future Needs You, Artgene, October 2010.

Duffy, J. Birkbeck, E, 2009. Arthouse Film and Video Festival, University of South Florida,, 27th March - 3rd April 2009.

Duffy, J, Birkbeck, E, 2009. Hazelnuts and Satsumas, Sound Network, 20th December.

Duffy, J., 2009. POI, Cornerhouse, June 2009.

Duffy, J., 2009. Something About Nothing, Wayne and Geraldine Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery, Ohio, USA, April 6th - May 5th 2009.

Duffy, J. Birkbeck, E, 2009. U-Hang - Untitled Coin Operation, ArtGene, Barrow In Furness, 5th Jan - 5th Feb 2009.

Duffy, J., 2008. 'All Go Digital', Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 15th-30th May 2007.

Duffy, J., 2008. 'Made in Manchester', Chinese Profile Art Museum, Xiamen City, China, 12th-26th October 2007.

Duffy, J., 2008. 'Manchester – Our Tradition is Innovation', Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China, 8th - 18th November 2007.

Duffy, J. Birkbeck, E, 2008. Autonomous Village - The Comfort of Strangers, Futuresonic Festival, Contact Theatre, 3rd-4th May 2008.

Duffy, J, Birkbeck, E, 2008. Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany, 19th June 2008.

Duffy, J., 2008. Festival Electrochoc, Rhône-Alpes, France, 2-5th April 2008.

Duffy, J., 2008. Multichannel, Artsway, Hampshire, 20th June-6th July.

Zhou, T., Fox, S., Duffy, J., 2007. 'All Go Digital', Manchester Metropolitan University Academics Show/Xiamen University/Guangzhou Academy, Bejing, China, 10/2007.

Duffy, J., 2007. 700IS,Experimental Film & Video Festival 2007, Egilsstadir, Iceland, 24-31 March 2007.

Duffy, J, Birkbeck, E, 2007. Alternative Film & Video Festival, Belgrade, Serbia, 4th - 6th December 2007.

Duffy, J., 2007. European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany, 25th-29th April 2007.

Duffy, J, Birkbeck, E, 2007. Somewhere Close To Us, Museum of Science & Industry, 20th October - 18th November 2007.

Duffy, J., 2007. The BBC Big Screen, Birmingham, Birmingham, March - May 2007.

Duffy, J, Birkbeck, E, 2007. Turnstile, Holden Gallery, Manchester, July 2007.

Duffy, J., 2007. Videoformes, La Vidéothèque Éphémère, Clermont Ferrand, France, 13th-17th March 2007.

Duffy, J., 2006. Alternative Film & Video Festival, Akademski filmski centar, Belgrade, Serbia, 6-10th December 2006.

Duffy, J., 2006. Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, April 2006.

Block Still2

Duffy, J., 2006. Chilean International Short Film Festval, Lanzamiento Cineteca Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, Santiago, Chile, 13th November.

Duffy, J., 2006. Cinematic, Imax Cinema, Technology Innovation Centre, Birmingham, UK, 25th October.

Duffy, J., 2006. Fast & Slow Networks, Interval @ Futuresonic, Canal Barge, Castlefield, Manchester, 27th July - 3rd August.

Duffy, J., 2006. Festival of Nations, Ebensee Cinema, Ebensee, Austria, June 2006.

Duffy, J., 2006. Independent Artist Screening, Liverpool Biennale, The Projection Gallery, Roscoe St, Liverpool, UK, October/Novemeber.

Duffy, J., 2006. International Film Festival of Fine Arts, Tisza Mozi Cinema, Szolnok, Hungary, 27th - 30th September.

Duffy, J., 2006. Jordan International Short Film Festival, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan, 28th August 2006.

Duffy, J., 2006. Temporary Cities, National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia, 25th September - 30th November.

Duffy, J., 2006. Trampoline, Broadway Cinema & Media Centre, Nottingham, UK, 23rd November 2006.

Duffy, J., 2006. Trampoline, First Play Berlin, Radiator New Media Festival at Hebel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany, 12th October.

Duffy, J., 2006. Videolab Project, Galeria Santa Clara, also, Jardim Botanico, Coimbra, Portgual, 1st-30th June 2006.

Duffy, J., 2006. Videonale, Kino Union, Berlin, Germany
Kino Union, Berlin, Germany, February 2006.

Block Still

Duffy, J., 2006. Within & Without, Tulca, Nuns Island Studio, Galway, Eire, 10th-26th November.

Duffy, J., 2005. Sex, Death & Flatpack Furniture, Holden Gallery, Manchester, April 2005.

Duffy, J., 2003. Commonwealth Film Festival 2003, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England, April 2003.


Griffiths, DA., 2012. 'Babel Fiche', Manchester, UK.

Book Chapters

Duffy, JOP., 2014. ''Landfill and Disasterscapes in the Wastelands of Indonesia'. In Roe, M, Taylor, M (eds.) New Cultural Landscapes, 9, Routledge.'. In New Cultural Landscapes, Routledge.


The Lament

Duffy, J., 2019. 'The Lament'.

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Duffy, JOP., 2014. 'Desert Sites'.

Duffy, J., 2013. 'Cillini'.

Duffy, J., 2013. 'Cillini'.

Journal Articles

Allen, V., Duffy, J., Scally, G., 2020. 'Cilliní: (Re)addressing the past in the present', Scene, 8 (1), pp. 175-193.

Conference Papers

Duffy, JOP., 2014. ''Traces Of Places, Mobility And Performance As Documentary Practice',', Emerging Documentary Practices, Temple University, Philadelphia.

Duffy, JOP., 2014. 'Performative Traces of Traumatic Place', The Art of Walking: Pedestrian Mobility in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


Duffy, J., Massey, G., Griffiths, D., 2012. 'Unwritten History: Panel Discussion & Screening', Castlefield Gallery.

Other Outputs

Duffy, J. Birkbeck, E, 2008. 'Sound Report: The Comfort of Strangers', Includes the Birkbeck & Duffy Sonic Art piece - 'Somewhere Close to Us'.