Dr. Owen Gallagher


Academic Qualifications Obtained

2014 PhD in Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland
2009Higher Diploma in Research Practice, LYIT, Co. Donegal, Ireland
2007MDes in Design Communication, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland
2004BDes in Digital Media, LYIT, Co. Donegal, Ireland
2003Diploma in Graphic Design, LYIT, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Teaching Expertise

2011-presentAcademic Tutor, Bahrain Polytechnic, Kingdom of Bahrain
2010-2011Assistant Lecturer, IT Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
2008-2010Assistant Lecturer, LYIT, Co. Donegal, Ireland
2007-2008Assistant Lecturer, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland

Relevant Industry Expertise

2004-2011Freelance Graphic, Web & Digital Media Designer, CHI Media, Ireland
2005-2007Graphic, Web & Digital Media Designer, The Dealer Group, Ireland
2004-2005Graphic, Web & Digital Media Designer, John Duffy Design Group, Ireland


Areas of Research Interest

Remix studies, visual semiotics, intellectual property

Critical Remix: The Role of Sampling in Transformative Works

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 project is supported by the websites, and


  1. Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and xtine burrough, 2014, “The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies”, Routledge: USA.
  2. Owen Gallagher, 2014, “Reclaiming Remix: The Critical Role of Sampling in Transformative Works”, PhD, NCAD: Ireland.
  3. Gallagher, Owen, 2013, “Remix Semiosis as Ideology Critique: A Visual Semiotic Study of Critical Remix Video”, Gramma Journal of Theory and Criticism (Vol.20, No.1), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Greece.
  4. Gallagher, Owen, 2012, “The Assault on Creative Culture: Politics of Cultural Ownership”, The Participatory Cultures Handbook, Aaron Delwiche & Jennifer Henderson (Eds), Routledge: USA.

Boards, Advisory committees, Professional organizations

  1. Member, Web Media Programme Committee, 2014
  2. Member, International Association of Visual Semiotics, Argentina, 2012
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