Owen Gallagher received his Ph.D. in Visual Culture from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin. He is the author of Reclaiming Critical Remix Video: The Role of Sampling in Transformative Works (Routledge, 2017), co-editor of Keywords in Remix Studies (Routledge, 2017) and the Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (Routledge, 2015), and has published a number of book chapters, journal articles and conference papers on remix culture. He is a designer, educator, musician and entrepreneur who has run his own business, worked in industry as a graphic, web and digital media designer and has lectured in Design, Web and Creative Media at Bahrain Polytechnic (Bahrain), LYIT (Donegal), IT Tralee (Kerry), and the University of Ulster (Derry). He is a graduate of the University of Ulster, where he received a Masters Degree in Design Communication with distinction. He holds a Bachelor of Design in Digital Media, a Diploma in Graphic Design and a Higher Diploma in Research Practice from LYIT, as well as an Associate Diploma in Music Performance from the Victoria College of Music, London. Owen is the founder of CHI Media, a freelance graphic, web and digital media design agency.
Owen is also the founder of TotalRecut.com, an online social networking community for fans and creators of video remixes, recuts, and mash-ups that facilitates online collaboration between video artists. Total Recut received a ‘Quality Seal’ in the Europrix Multimedia Awards, was shortlisted for a number of other awards including the Eircom Golden Spiders, the NICENT 25k Awards and the BBC Innovation Lab and secured a place for Owen on the NCGE / Kauffman Global Scholars Program. Owen has published a number of book chapters, journal articles and research papers on remix culture, intellectual property and visual semiotics. He is particularly concerned with the role of copyright in the digital age and its effect on remix creativity.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Owen's research focuses on the relationships between remix studies, visual semiotics and intellectual property. Remix is the practice of producing media objects composed of previously published media elements, which have been appropriated, repurposed and reconfigured in the creation of new works. There is growing confusion over the meaning of ‘remix’ in mainstream and academic discourse, which has resulted in a broadening of the term to include non-remixed cultural texts, such as remakes, adaptations and parodies. Remix is now considered by many to be a form of derivative work; however, it is a fundamentally transformative practice. Such generalizations have resulted in numerous non-commercial remixes being wrongfully accused of copyright infringement. This ongoing research is supported by Owen's websites www.criticalremix.com, www.totalrecut.com and www.remixstudies.com.
Owen has over a decade of professional industry experience working as a graphic, web and digital media designer for a variety of media companies in Ireland, as well as running his own freelance digital media agency, producing work for a variety of global clients.