Kerstin Mey was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She studied for an MA equivalent in Art, and German language and literature at Humboldt University in Berlin and completed a PhD in Art Theory and Aesthetics there. She held academic positions in universities in Germany and the UK. Before she joined the University of Limerick as Vice President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement and Professor of Visual Culture in April 2018, she worked at the University of Westminster, UK. There she held the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, and Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory. Amongst others, Kerstin Mey was Director of CREST (Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training, GuildHE, UK); Vice-Chair of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, UK), served on the Austrian Science Board and was a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Foundation for Press and Media Freedom. She currently serves the ISEA International Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She acts as reviewer for international funding bodies, academic institutions and publishers.
Her own research is concerned with practices of meaning making in contemporary and c. 20th art and culture. Her inquiries are concerned with art as research, with the relationship between cultural practices and identity formation, with the relationship between art making, documentation and archives, and with the exploration of cross-disciplinary connectivities. She is particularly interested in participatory and socially engaged modes of creative engagement and public pedagogies more generally. Publications include the authored book Art and Obscenity (2007); and edited volumes: with Smite and Smites, Artistic Research (2011); with Kroenke and Spielmann, Kulturelle Umbrüche: Identitäten, Räume, Repräentationen, (2007); On-Site/In-Sight, special issue Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vols. 4.1/2 (2005); Art in the Making. Aesthetics Historicity and Practice (2004) and Sculpsit (2001). She was Artistic Director of ISEA 2009, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, which was held on the island of Ireland under the umbrella theme Engaged Creativity in Mobile Environments.