Richard Misek receives AHRC Digital Transformations Grant

Dr. Richard Misek has received an AHRC Digital Transformations Grant for his project ‘The Audiovisual Essay: a digital methodology for film and media studies’.

The grant will make possible a major international symposium in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery in London in spring 2016. Entitled ‘Indefinite Visions’, the symposium and various accompanying screenings will be organised together with Whitechapel film curator Gareth Evans and project co-investigator Dr. Allan Cameron (University of Auckland). Bringing together leading media and visual art academics from the UK, France, Denmark, Germany, the United States, and New Zealand, the event will explore moving images whose clarity is obscured through effects including blur, glitch, noise, flicker, overexposure, and shadow.

Contributors to the symposium will then take part in an intensive two-day workshop aimed at giving them the creative and technical tools to develop their presentations into video-based works. The resulting ‘audiovisual essays’ will then be curated by Dr. Misek in a special issue of InTransition, a new online collaboration between MediaCommons and Cinema Journal that aims to provide a platform for the most innovative works of digital film and media studies.

The project has a FEC value of £37,898. It will form a collaboration between the University of Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in the Moving Image, the Whitechapel Gallery, InTransition, and the Department of Media, Film and Television at the University of Auckland.