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

Senior Lecturer in Alternative and Experimental Film

Head of Department (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)

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 the Edinburgh International Film Festival and I'm regularly invited to film festivals around the world. 

Additional Information

Series editor: Experimental Film and Artists' Moving Image (Palgrave Macmillan): https://www.palgrave.com/gp/series/15817 

Editor: Millennium Film Journal: https://millenniumfilmjournal.com/ 

External Examiner BA (Hons) Film, Anglia Ruskin University (2022 - present)

External Examiner MA in Film Curation, Birkbeck University of London (2015 - 2019)

External Examiner MA in Film and Television Studies, University of Bristol (2016 - 2020)

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 - 2022)



My research focuses on historical and contemporary forms of experimental filmmaking, and I have published widely on the French avant-garde, contemporary experimental film aesthetics, film and obsolescence and cinematic intermediality. My recent book Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices assesses the contemporary status of analogue film (primarily 16mm) and argues for the continued relevance of material engagement for opening up alternative ways of seeing and sensing the world. My current research explores the relationship between film and eco-philosophy, particularly within the context of non-human representation and animal worlds. I am working on a monograph on multispecies cinema.

I welcome PhD enquiries related to any aspect of alternative film culture, film and climate change, film and ecology


Theme Lead ('Materialities) for The Worlds We Want research hub

Scheme Coordinator for MA in Documentary Filmmaking: Landscape and Ecology


Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 13.00-15.00


Knowles, K 2022, Esthétique du contact dans la pratique contemporaine du film photochimique. in E Della Noce & L Murari (eds), Expanded Nature: Écologies du cinéma expérimentale. Light Cone Editions, Paris, pp. 63-71.
Knowles, K 2020, Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices. Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image, Springer Nature, Cham. 10.1007/978-3-030-44309-2
Knowles, K 2019, Boundary Crossings and Inter-subjective Imaginings: Sarah Turner’s Perestroika. in P Newland & B Hoyle (eds), British Art Cinema: Creativity, Experimentation and Innovation. Manchester University Press, pp. 259-270.
Knowles, K 2019, 'Politics of Process: Gestures of Material Understanding in Contemporary Film Practice', Paper presented at Light Sensitive Material Conference, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01 Nov 2019 - 02 Nov 2019.
Knowles, K 2018, 'Excess, Immersion and the In-between Gaze in Contemporary Expanded Film', Paper presented at Intermediality Now, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 19 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018.
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