Dr Kim Knowles

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

Dr Kim Knowles

Lecturer in Alternative and Experimental Film

Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies

Contact Details


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.

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)



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.

Research Groups

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Thursday 11.00-13.00


Knowles, K 2018, 'Film, Performance and the Spaces Between: The Collaborative Works of Mara Mattuschka and Chris Haring' Cinema Journal, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 89-112.
Knowles, K 2017, (Re)visioning Celluloid: Aesthetics of Contact in Materialist Film. in M Beugnet, A Cameron & A Fetveit (eds), Indefinite Visions: Cinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty. Edinburgh Studies in Film and Intermediality, Edinburgh University Press.
Knowles, K 2017, Engaging Material Specificities: Aesthetics and Politics in the 1970s. in S Clayton & L Mulvey (eds), Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture, and Experimental Film in the 1970s. I.B. Tauris, London.
Knowles, K 2017, Reflections on the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the 1970s. in S Clayton & L Mulvey (eds), Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture, and Experimental Film in the 1970s. I.B. Tauris.
Knowles, K 2016, 'Installation and the Moving Image, Catherine Elwes (2015)' Moving Image Review and Art Journal, vol. 5, no. 1-2, pp. 276-282. https://doi.org/10.1386/miraj.5.1-2.276_5
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