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Leon McCarthy

PhD in department of Media, Design & Communication

Ph D_Student _Leon -Mc CarthyHis background spans classical music, architecture and music technology. His first foray into digital performance was as a VJ. He has produced and performed as a musician, featuring as one half of the once renowned Irish electro outfit, Les Bien. He co-founded the Irish video production company, MercuryBoy.

With his current research through audio-visual performance, he hopes to engage audiences intellectually, forcing an interrogation of their live experience through virtual-conversations and ‘2nd-Screening’.

Léon is supervised by Dr Stephen Gibson.


  • MPhil Music technologies – Trinity College Dublin
  • BSc Architecture - University College Dublin
  • Dip ALCM – London College of Music

Research Project

Investigating the means of directing audience engagement in audio-visual performances.

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

Performance art, Audio-visuals, VJing, Motion-Graphics, Audience Participation, Audience Engagement, Audience Interaction. 2nd-screening, 2nd-screen.

Key Publications/Outputs

McCarthy, L. - Social commentary through the transdisciplinary practice of audio-visual performance - JPC Journal of Professional Communication, June 2014.

McCarthy, L. - Gathering audience feedback on an audio-visual performance - Leonardo Electronic Alamanac, July 2013


betav-#1 ( all acts in one ) from gt on Vimeo.

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