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1983-87 London College of Printing – BA Media Production Design (Graphic Design, Video and Photography) First Class Honours

Currently studying for a PhD (part-time) at The Royal College of Art, London – transferred from MPhil.


Main teaching areas:

Photography, and photography considered in relation to, and in combination with, the moving image (critical approaches to practice – still photography, installation, film and video etc.)



1996: ARCO (Arte Contemporáneo) Madrid, photographic commission.
Pour L’instant residency, Niort, France.

1995: Kettle’s Yard Fellowship/Residency, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

1995: Komunikácie residency (and group touring exhibition) Slovakia.

1994: Jewish Heritage Photographic Award to fund work in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

1993: London Arts Board Visual Arts Award.

1990: Eurocréation Pépinière, Naples, Italy.

1989: Anglo / Polish Scholarship to Wrocław, Poland (administered by the British Council).


Selected Publications (including exhibitions, video works and academic journal papers):

2016: ‘Bank’: Schwarzwaldallee Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2007: ‘Recovered Territory’, The New Art Gallery, Walsall

1996: ‘Night Watch’ Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge

1991: ‘Wrocław / Naples’, Fotogalerie in der Brötfabrik, Berlin

1990: ‘Wrocław’, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Group exhibitions:

2016: ‘Contact Festival of New Experimental Film and Video’, Apiary Studios, London

2015: ‘Dis/placed’, Counterpoint Arts, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2011: ‘Fieldwork’, The Regency Town House, Brighton

2005: ‘A Haunting’, Sackville Building, University of Manchester

2003: ‘Tajomstvo Noci’, Dom Fotografie, Poprad, Slovakia

1998: ‘Night’, Rocket Gallery, London

1996: ‘Shaken Not Stirred’, Mons, Paris, Chalon sur Saône, Turin, Berlin,

1995: ‘Komunikácie’, Poprad, Slovakia

1994: ‘Double Exposure’ Gallery Bograshov, Tel Aviv, Israel

1994: ‘Hotel Europa’ Berlin, Zagreb, Rotterdam

Video works:

2017/18: ‘Four Parts of a Folding Screen’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col., c.80 mins., digital video) Arts Council England/National Lottery funding award. (forthcoming)

2016: ‘City Circular 2016’ (15 mins, col., DV, CRT monitor based installation piece)

2013: ‘The View from Our House’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col. 76 mins., video) (Premiere) International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2013. Arts Council England/National Lottery funding award.

2011: ‘Video Eye’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col., 1 min., video) A commission from the Collectif Jeune Cinéma to make one of a series of online trailers for 13ème Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris.

2009: ‘For Children’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col., 8.5 mins., two screen installation work, DV) Commissioned by Cardiff University for a conference on the filmmakers P.P. Pasolini and R.W. Fassbinder. Made with the support of the German Embassy, Cultural Department.

2008: ‘Face of An Angel’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col., 5 mins., DV, dist. Collectif Jeune Cinéma) Commissioned by the Lucca Film Festival as part of a compilation film celebrating Puccini’s 150th anniversary. Other film-makers included in this project are Michael Snow, Tsai Ming Liang, Pip Chodorov. Festival screenings include: (2009) Lucca; European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück; Coté Court festival, Pantin, Paris; Festival de Nouveau Cinéma Montreal; (2010) Traverse Video Toulouse; (2011) “Musique en Images” screening in Paris; Microscope Gallery New York; Images contre Nature Festival, Marseilles; Thessaloniki Film Festival.

2007: ‘Crossing’: video, 25 mins., (collaboration with Wyn Mason). Screened at Experimentica 07 festival, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

2006: ‘Stella Polare’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col., 76 mins., DV) Festivals (in 2006): (Premiere) International Film Festival Rotterdam, European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück, Lucca, Leeds, Athens (Ohio). Article on Stella Polare by Andy Birtwistle (Canterbury Christchurch University) and ‘artist’s pages’ commission ‘Vertigo’ Independent Film and Video magazine, Vol 3 No 5 Spring 2007 (screened at the Curzon Soho as a ‘Vertigo’ event, 2006).

2001: ‘Elegy’ (with Anthea Kennedy, b/w, 3 mins., DV, Dist. LUX), Festivals: (Premiere) International Film Festival Rotterdam. Formed part of Arts Council funded touring programme Garden Pieces. Shown at various cinemas around the country including: Lux, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives, Arnolfini Bristol, Lumiére Edinburgh, Cambridge Film Festival, part of Grün exhibition in Düsseldorf etc. (2002).

1999: ‘Walk’ (with Anthea Kennedy, col., 57 mins., DV installation,) Lux Centre, Hoxton, London


1996: ‘Night Watch’ (artist’s monograph), with essay: ‘Night Geography’, Brendan Prendeville (Goldsmiths’ College, London), Kettle’s Yard Gallery / Arts Council of England

Book chapters:

2017: ‘The Bank of England in Ruins: Photographic Speculation and the Abstract Nature of Money’; co-authored chapter with Müller, C.J., in Tynan, A., Milesi, L., Müller, C.J. (eds.): ‘Credo Credit Crisis: Speculations on Faith and Money’, USA, Roman and Littlefield. (forthcoming)

2012: (paperback 2014) ‘Looking for the Affect of History in the Photographic work of Bernd and Hilla Becher’, in the book: Higgott, A. and Wray, T., ‘Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City’, London, Ashgate.

Academic journal papers:

2015: ‘Photography, Performance, Ruin: Performing photography in site of architecture’, Performance Research; Volume 20, No. 3, 126-134 (Refereed Article)

2006: ‘Recovered Territory: The Spectral Cities of Breslau and Wrocław Photographically Reconsidered’, The Journal of Architecture, 11:5, 551-557 (Refereed Article)

2006: ‘Confronting the Void: Photographic Experience of the Naples Arcade’, History of Photography, 30:2, 140-154 (Refereed Article)

Conference papers:

2014: ‘Transparencies of Stasis and Movement – Architectures of Film and Video poised between Auditorium and Gallery’, paper given at the 40th Association of Art Historians conference, Royal College of Art, London.
‘Collection and recollection of image and memory in Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin’s ‘The View from Our House’, paper given at the Jewish Museum, London.

2013: ‘Motion Blur: On the Speed of Revolution and the Body of the Image’, paper (on Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet’s short film ‘The Itinerary of Jean Bricard’), given at the ‘Fast / Slow’ conference, Anglia Ruskin University.

2012: Panel contributor, ‘Zoo-topia’, London Zoological Society, London Zoo.

2011: ‘What We Saw: A small history of Berlin-Tempelhof as site and image’ (paper given with Anthea Kennedy (South Thames College) at the ‘Politics, Poetics and Practice: New paradigms for theory-practice interchange in creative media production’ symposium, Canterbury Christchurch University.

2009: ‘For Children’, joint-authored paper (with Anthea Kennedy), given at the conference, ‘P. P. Pasolini and R. W. Fassbinder: the European Legacy between Nihilism and Utopia’, Cardiff University.
‘In the Museum of Modern European Cinema: reflections on an installation, ‘For Children’, interpreting films of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’, paper given at ‘The Go Between’ conference, Atrium, University of Glamorgan.

2008: ‘Looking Away from History: the filming of ‘Stella Polare’ in Trieste’, joint-authored paper (with Anthea Kennedy) given at the conference The City in Film, University of Liverpool and published in conference proceedings.

2007: ‘The Event of Photography: reflections on photography as performance’, paper given at 13th Performance Studies International (PSi) conference (Happening/Performance/Event), New York University, USA.

2006: ‘Revisiting the Spectral City’, paper on current photographic work given at the Photography and the City symposium, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin.

2005: ‘Confronting the Void: Photographic Experience of the Naples Arcade’, paper given as Invited Speaker at ‘Visualising the City’ symposium, University of Manchester.
‘Gucci Handbags, Rum Babas and the spirit of Maradona in the Naples Arcade’, paper given at 11th Performance Studies International (PSi) conference, (Becoming Uncomfortable), Brown University, Rhode Island, USA.



Performance Studies International (PSi)


Research interests:

Photography and video projects which investigate place, history and memory, and which explore the boundaries between documentary and fiction.

As a practitioner, I am both a photographer and film-maker. I studied under Stephen Dwoskin, with whom I also worked as art director and camera operator. In 1995, I was Kettle’s Yard Resident Artist at the University of Cambridge. I have completed various other residencies in Great Britain and in Europe and have exhibited in solo and group shows in Great Britain, Germany, France, Slovakia and Israel. An artist’s monograph, ‘Night Watch’, was published by the Arts Council of England in 1996. A solo exhibition, ‘Recovered Territory’, at The New Art Gallery Walsall (2007), was a personal photographic revisiting of the Polish city of Wrocław. ‘Recovered Territory’, in common with much of my work, is concerned with the visual mediation, or expression, of place and its history. These interests have extended into feature-length collaborative film works with Anthea Kennedy, shot in Trieste and Berlin, that experiment with the representation of place and architecture in relation to real or imagined histories. These films have been screened widely at international film festivals and other events, both academic and public. ‘BANK’, a more recent exhibition, with the participation of Dr Chris John Müller, was held at Schwarzwaldallee Gallery, Basel (2015). This combined still photography and video imagery encountering the blank exterior form of the Bank of England. I have published book chapters and articles on photography considered in relation to architecture, cinema and performance.

Current research activity:

Recently completed work on the collaborative book chapter, ‘The Bank of England in Ruins: Photographic Speculation and the Abstract Nature of Money’; co-authored chapter with Müller, C.J., in Tynan, A., Milesi, L., Müller, C.J. (eds.): ‘Credo Credit Crisis: Speculations on Faith and Money’, USA, Roman and Littlefield. (forthcoming). I am currently working on a new long-form experimental video documentary (with Anthea Kennedy), based on research documents, concerning the loss of citizenship of a woman in Nazi era Germany and the theft and State auction of her family’s household possessions. The film maps sites related to the woman and her family and the bureaucratic offices of State that processed her ‘case’. I also continue to develop a body of photographic work centred on the architectural form of the Bank of England. The work, in an extended response to Bertolt Brecht’s criticism of photography (and linked to my PhD), considers how photographs might metaphorically, or through analogy, illuminate aspects of society and culture (such as the abstract nature of money and high-finance – that the built form of the Bank conceals).

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