28th May:

May Festival Event, "Masterclass: Creating a life in Television" - Join Graham Stuart, University of Aberdeen alumnus and Managing Director of So Television, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer of The Graham Norton Show. Discover how his knowledge of the creative industries can inform your career opportunities in television. Session with Q&A chaired by Professor Alan Marcus from 10.30am -11.30am. FREE, Booking Required. Book at https://abdn.targetconnect.net/leap/events.html.




Department soars to 5th place in the UK, leaping a whopping 45 places. It also ranks 2nd place in Scotland, beating out larger departments across the country. 

The Department of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen is a small department that punches above its weight, and the recent Complete University Guide rankings serve as further proof of that. Comprising five faculty members whose research interests range from film production, East European performance art history, film and visual culture of Austria and Germany, the visual culture of science, and the anthropocene, students are offered a unique combination of hands-on practice-based courses alongside the rigorous study of theory. About the news, Dr Amy Bryzgel, Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline in Film and Visual Culture said, “we are thrilled to see these new rankings confirm what we have always known—that the University of Aberdeen is a great place to study film and visual culture. We are a small department, but we work hard to deliver a robust programme to our students.”  

Congratulations to all staff and students who have worked to make this fantastic programme what it is today! 





Congratulations to Silvia Casini on the publication of her book, Il Ritratto-Scansione (Mimesis, 2016)

29th May:

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Bryzgel, who was awarded the Principal's Prize for Public Engagement at this year's May Festival.

25th May:

A Conversation with Richard Demarco: As early as the 1960s, Scotland’s very own Richard Demarco, an arts patron and artist in his own right, took an interest in experimental artists from Eastern Europe. He was among the first few pioneering individuals who brought these soon-to-be influential artists to perform and exhibit n the U.K. Join Amy Bryzgel, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, in conversation with Demarco, as he takes us on a journey through his travels and encounters with artists in Eastern Europe. This event will be followed at 7.30pm by a drinks reception and opening of the exhibition “Eastern European Performance in Scotland: the Legacy of Richard Demarco” in the MacRobert building.

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30th March:

Dr. Timothy Barker (Lecturer in Digital Media, University of Glasgow): “Media In and Out of Time” from 12:30-2:00 in Seminar Room 224 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

18th March: 

Perform. Play. Art.: A one-day event involving talks and live performances. Keynote talk by Serbian art historian, Professor Misko Suvakovic. Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel and Jasmina Zaloznik. Hosted by Film and Visual Culture. Friday, March 18, 2016, 10AM-5PM. Free, all welcome, booking required

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12th March: 

Naked Life 6—A Live Performance by Tanja Ostojic: Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel and Caroline Gausden. Co-hosted by Film and Visual Culture (UoA), SCAN and Guest @ Gray’s (RGU). Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3-6PM. Society of Advocates, Concert Court, Aberdeen. Free, all welcome, booking required

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10th March:

Misplaced Women? workshop with Serbian artist Tanja Ostojic: A workshop and opportunity to participate in a performance. Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel and Marta Nitecka Barche. Co-hosted by Film and Visual Culture (UoA) and the Festival of Politics. Thursday, March 10, 2016, 2-5PM. Starting point: Torry Community Centre, followed by a walk around Torry. With live performances on the street. Free, all welcome, booking required

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8th March:

3 Generations of Women Artists Perform: A study day focused on feminist art, with live performances and talks. Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel, Iliyana Nedkova, and Denisa Tomkova. Co-hosted by the Threshhold Art Space and University of Aberdeen. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 4-8PM. Horse cross Theatre, Perth. Free, all welcome, booking required

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2nd March:

Dr. Ella Chmielewska (Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Visual Studies, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The University of Edinburgh): 

“Vectors of looking: reflections on the Luftwaffe’s aerial survey of Warsaw, 1944” from 12:00-1:30 in Seminar Room 224 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

 This presentation will reflect on a sequence of photographs drawn from the 1944 Luftwaffe’s aerial survey of Warsaw, a project that recorded and memorialized the city as a prelude to its intended total destruction. Her text, which meditates on the experience of looking at these photographs, reflects on images of ruins, on ruined images, and on the complex moment and movement of photographic capture. Her discussion of the photographs re-establishes the importance of image sequence as it relates to the flight-path of the aircraft, whose frame-like shadow we find imprinted on Warsaw’s surface, while her close reading of them draws out the quotidian life of the fractured city below. She shows how figures on the ground – and in the past – at certain moments turn toward the aircraft overhead and, beyond it, to the observer of the image and her present. Thus, a kind of destabilization in the survey document is effected, in which the directionality of the gaze from above that is monumentalized in the photograph is unsettled by the witness of those below.

25th February:

Reif Larsen (International Writer’s Resident, University of St. Andrews): “Faking It: Writing Fiction as Sleight of Hand, or, How to Find What You Don’t Know You’re Looking For,” from 4:00-6:00 in  Meeting Room 1 (Craig Suite) of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

How do we perform research for a story that doesn’t exist? How do we find what we don’t know we’re looking for? In this talk, Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet) narrates the research and travels for his latest novel, I Am Radar, an expansive story that straddles many locations around the globe, including Cambodia, Arctic Norway, Bosnia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of which the author visited. The challenge then became fitting all of these observations under one roof, into a book that must be both inclusive yet also singular, where the research and setting must always be in service to the story and not the other way around.

17th February:

Screening: Identity Card (2010, Czech/Slovak, dir: Trojan), 5:00 PM in Taylor A31. This bittersweet comedy was directed by Ondřej Trojan, a Czech actor, director and a film producer. Together with Tomáš Hanák and Jiří Burda, they founded a film and television company Total HelpArt THA which focuses on prodcuing films, audiovisual production and the Cellar Theatre management activities. Trojan collaborated with Ján Hřebejk on several successful films, such as Pelíšky (Cosy Dens), Pupendo, or Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided We Fall). Divided We Fall was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Film. 

The story follows the lives of four adolescent young men, Peter, Alex, Cinderella, and Mita, their friends, loves and parents, as the boys reach the age of fifteen and receive their first national identification card.  The film follows their progression to eighteen when they try to escape army service by getting a ‘blue book’.  The film takes place in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, when not having an ID card would be asking for trouble, and when compulsory military service was for many teenagers the biggest dilemma. 

17th February:

Dr. Paul Flaig (Lecturer in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen): “Yesterday’s Hadaly” from 4:00-5:30 in Meeting Room 3 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

3rd February:

Chris Heppell (Ph.D. Candidate in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen): "Camera Lucida as dark ecology” from 12:00-1:30 in Seminar Room 224 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

12th November:

Screening- Going Tornado: Paul Neagu's 1974 Aberdeen Performance, 19:00-20:30 at the Belmont Filmhouse. In 1974, the Romanian artist Paul Neagu (1938-2004) did a live performance in Aberdeen, at the Grampian TV Studios. It was broadcast to viewers across the shire as part of the “Images” TV series, a programme dedicated to the visual arts that ran for several weeks in 1974, with programming suggested by arts impresario Richard Demarco, who had first invited Neagu to Scotland. This event, on November 12 at the Belmont Cinema, will feature a screening of the original performance followed by a talk about the significance of the work by Amy Bryzgel, lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and specialist in Eastern European performance art, along with discussion. The event is part of the University of Aberdeen’s Being Human Festival: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/public/ahrc-being-human-festival-nov--336.php.

30th-31st October:

Conference: “Performance Art East, Northeast, West”: Dr. Amy Bryzgel is organizing a conference on performance art in Eastern Europe in relation to the West and the Northeast of Scotland. The conference will involve both lectures on performance art and performances by artists invited from Eastern Europe. The conference is scheduled for October 30-31, 2015; it is free and open to the public, but booking is essential (more information to follow) Events will take place in the Linklater Rooms on Friday, October 30 (9AM-3PM), and in the Craig Suite (Meeting Room 1, 7th floor) of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on Saturday, October 31 (9AM-2:30PM). Full details about the conference, speakers, performances, and booking available on the conference website: https://performancenortheastwest.wordpress.com which will be updated periodically. Please check back for details. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/7706/.

25th September:

Explorathon European Researchers' Night: Come learn about performance art and try your hand at a few performative events at Union Square on Friday, September 25. Led by Dr. Amy Bryzgel. Further information can be found here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/public/explorathon-348.php. 

24th September:

Screening: One Hot Day, an experimental documentary by Professor Alan Marcus70 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, The Gallery in the Sir Duncan Rice Library will be showing an experimental observational film by Professor Alan Marcus that reflects on those momentous events from the perspective of life in the city today. There will be a first showing of One Hot Day on Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm after which Professor Marcus will be answering questions about his film. The video installation will be showing from 25th Sept - 7th October. Further information can be found here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/7824/.


19th March:

Director's Cut: Zoe Heron (science documentary producer): 6:00 PM KCC (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/profiles/heron)

16th March:

Visual Culture Speaker Series: Dr. Douglas Morrey (Reader in French Studies, Warwick),"Urban Space in the French New Wave and the cinéma du look" 3:30 PM in Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library)

26th February:

Visual Culture Speaker Series: Dr. Michael Cowan (Reader in Film Studies, St. Andrews), "Animating Vision: Advertising in and out of the Cinema" 3:30 PM in Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library)

18th February:

Visual Culture Speaker Series: Dr. Silvia Casini (Film & Visual Culture, Aberdeen), "The Visual Culture of Brain Imaging: From the Scan-Portrait to Bioart," 3:30 PM in Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library)

16th February:

Director's Cut: Christy Garland (documentary filmmaker): 6:00 PM Elphinstone Hall (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/profiles/garland)

11th February:

Director's Cut: David Gritten (film journalist): 6:00 PM KCC (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/profiles/gritten)

27th October:

Film & Visual Culture Speaker Series: "The 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Era of Virtual Witness," Professor Sarah Senk (English, University of Hartford); 12:30 in Meeting Room 3 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

13th October:

Director's Cut: Professor Thomas Weber (History, University of Aberdeen) and Niki Stein (Screenwriter); 18:00 in King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen. For more information, click here.

8th October:

Screening: Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, 2008) will be screened as part of the University's Big Read with an introduction by Dr. Paul Flaig. For details see here.

15th September:

Welcome back students! Click here for the timetable for courses (tutorials not included) in Film & Visual Culture this half-session.


23rd April:

Film and Visual Culture Speaker Series: "Illocution Lessons: Uncertain Afterimages of Violence in Michael Haneke's La Pianiste," Francesca Hardy (Teaching Fellow in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen); Meeting Room 3, Sir Duncan Rice Library.

26th March:

Film and Visual Culture Speaker Series: "European Cinematic Vernacular in the Early 1990s," Alex Forbes (Ph.D. Candidate in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen). 12:00 in College Bounds (CB) 202.​

18th March:

Oscar Alegria's Documentary, The Search for Emak Bakia (2012), introduced by Dr Nerea Arruti from the Department of Hispanic Studies and sponsored by the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture. 

20th February:

Fail Better: Emak Bakia by Man Ray and Film by Samuel Beckett: These screenings will be accompanied by presentations from Dr Nerea Arruti from the Department of Hispanic Studies, Dr Paul Flaig and Prof Edward Welch from the Centre for Visual Culture. Click here for more information.

6th October:

SCRATCH Workshop 3 (Aberdeen Sound Festival): Participants learned to combine found sound and image together, led by Ross Whyte. A selection of the participants work is presented here.

4th October:

Screening: The Scottish premiere of landmark filmmaker Bill Morrison's Spark of Being (2013), a found footage interpretation of Shelley's Frankenstein

28th September:

SCRATCH Workshop 2 (Aberdeen Sound Festival): Participants learned to source public domain materials from digital archives and remix these materials using video editing software, led by Ross Whyte.

21st-22nd September: 

SCRATCH Workshop 1 (Aberdeen Sound Festival): A screening of films by Ian Helliwell, followed by a Q & A with the director, performer and musician, in tandem with a workshop led by members of the OKO Film Lab, teaching direct 16mm filmmaking taking to participants. A sample of


Wednesday 27th February

Dr Ross Whyte, ‘Perpetual Erosion: Impermanence in Audio-Visual Intermedia’; 3.30-5 Taylor A36

Wednesday 13th March

  • Fiona Noble (With MLRF) ‘ “Loving Strangers”: The Lesbian (Im)Migrant and National Identity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema’; Taylor A15 3-5

Tuesday 19th March

  • PROF. HILDE VAN GELDER (University of Leuven), ‘On the Current State of Photography as Art’; 4pm, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library 

Wednesday 17th April

  • DR PAULA BLAIR, ‘Panopticonicity: Sites of Social Control in Willie Doherty’s Video Installations’, 12-1.30, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library 

Wednesday 24th April

  • DR PAUL FLAIG, ‘Weimar Slapstick: American Eccentrics, German Grotesques’, 12-1.30, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library 

Wednesday 1st May

  • MR CALUM WADDELL, ‘The Verisimilitude of Vulgarity: The Distinct Style of the American Exploitation Film’, 12-1.30, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library 

Wednesday 8th May

  • MR CHRIS HEPPELL, ‘Spectres of Barthes’ (WITH MLRF), 12.30-2, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library 

OilScapes: Exhibition / Screenings / Workshop

Collaborative Project between Peacock Visual Arts and Film & Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen

Exhibition ran 22 September – 27 October

Curated by Dr Janet Stewart (Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen) and Zeigam Azizov (Royal College of Art).

Zeigam Azizov, Peter Fend, Melik Ohanian, Aga Ousseinov and Owen Logan explore connections between oil, geopolitics and visual culture with particular emphasis on connections between the environment and mobility. Featuring an audio collage with voices from the University of Aberdeen's Lives in the Oil Industry oral history archive.

OilScapes also features a number of events including Meet The Artists, Artist's Talk, a Workshop and OilScapes/Film screenings.