Conan McIvor is a Belfast-based filmmaker and video artist. His diverse practice spans from experimental film and video art to ‘moving image’ design for installation, theatre and performance.
He attended the University of Ulster, where he studied Interactive Multimedia Design before receiving an MA in Film and Visual Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. During his studies he was awarded Northern Ireland Screen’s Bill Miskelly Award. Following this, Conan became heavily involved with the work of CETL(NI): Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts at Queen’s, the latter providing varied opportunities for collaborative work.
When working within video design for theatrical productions, Conan creates an expanded cinematic form that encompasses sound, video and performance within an integrated model. Previous credits include designs for Kabosh, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Replay Theatre Company, Accidental Theatre. His work on Planet Belfast for Tinderbox received critical praise, being described as ‘imaginative,’ ‘seductive,’ ‘harmonious,’ and ‘mesmerising’.
Conan is regularly invited to lead workshops and host seminars on his artistic practice such as “Using Video On Stage” at the BBC 360° Festival and “How do we use Film and Video as part of our narrative?” at the Tinderbox Writers Lab.
Conan’s artistic practice concentrates on the metaphysics of the human condition exploring spirituality, the corporeal and the unfolding of consciousness with an ever-present undercurrent of the ethereal.