Still and Moving Images

The research group is a home to a thriving community of interdisciplinary research into film and media practice, in both fine and applied contexts. The groups philosophy is that practice and research cannot be separated. Multi-disciplinary collaboration is central to our research interests. The focus of this research group considers the changing relationship between the still and moving image in contemporary culture. The photograph has traditionally been seen as a quintessentially still image. Its ability to freeze and hold a moment in time has been the source of its peculiar fascination and the foundation of much of the theoretical discussion about it. New technological developments in digital media, however, have fundamentally altered the ways in which we think about photography, in particular forcing us to reconsider our assumptions about the still and the moving image and their relationships to differing conceptions of time. The research also aims to develop new forms of writing on the visual as well as new ways of relating theory and criticism to practice.