Dr Kim Knowles BA (Hons) Astudiaethau Ffilm a'r Cyfryngau (Prifysgol Stirling) MSc Astudiaethau Ffilm Ewropeaidd (Prifysgol Edinburgh) PhD Astudiaethau Ffilm (Prifysgol Edinburgh)

Lecturer in Alternative and Experimental Film

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Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Postal address
Aberystwyth University
Parry-Williams Building
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 01970 628700

Additional information

Curriculum Leader for Film, Television and Media

Year 2 Tutor

External Examiner MA in Film Curation, Birkbeck University of London (2015 - present)

External Examiner MA in Film and Television Studies, University of Bristol (2016 - present)

Co-Investigator AHRC Research Network 'Film and the Other Arts: Intermediality, Medium Specificity, Creativity' (2015 - 2017): http://www.filmandarts-network.hss.ed.ac.uk/

International Partner for 'Reset the Apparatus! Retrograde Technicity in Artistic, Photographic and Cinematic Practices', University of Applied Arts Vienna. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (2016 - 2019): http://www.resettheapparatus.net/

Experimental Film Programmer for the 'Black Box' strand of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (2008 - present)


I received my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and taught on the Film Studies programme there before becoming Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the AHRC funded project 'Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition' at the University of Kent. I joined the Department at Aberystwyth in 2011. Since 2008 I have also been Experimental Film Programmer for Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Research interests

My research focuses on historical and contemporary forms of experimental filmmaking. I have published a number of articles and book chapters on the French avant-garde, contemporary experimental film aesthetics, and the relationship between film and poetry, as well as interviews with practitioners. My current research is concerned with the impact of technological change on experimental filmmaking, and the aesthetics and politics of obsolescence.

I welcome PhD enquiries related to any aspect of alternative film culture.