Dr Phillip Warnell


I produce cinematic, art work and textual material exploring a range of philosophical, poetic and sensorial thematics: ideas on human-animal relations, screen-politics, the presence of those with extraordinary attributes and poetics of bodily and life-world circumstances. My most recent three film works have been made in collaboration with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and I currently have a project in development with Martha Wollner and Jean-Christophe Bailly. A fellow at the prestigious Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University (Film Study Centre 2017-18), I have also previously worked at George Mason University (Washington DC), Warwick University (UK, Leverhulme Trust) and University of Gloucestershire (UK). I studied at Middlesex, Chelsea (UAL), FAMU & AVU (Prague) and Cergy Pontoise (Paris). I have been taught by: Simon Read, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Patrick Keiller, Suzannah Heron, Judith Goddard, Helen Chadwick, Guy Sherwin and Milos Sejn.

I am director of the Visible Institute: www.thevisibleinstitute.org

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor and Director of Studies MA Experimental Film


  • BA Hons Fine Art (1st class)
  • MA Fine Art Media
  • PhD (supervisor Stephen Barber) Anatomy of the Incorporeal


My films are performative, establishing elements for a film shoot as (part) event, resulting in an interplay between scripted, documented and (sometimes) precarious filming circumstances. Increasingly, my films convey alternatives to industry narratives and genre-base. The writing I produce suggests wider discourses on screen-based work and film philosophy. I contribute regularly to research events and symposia, most recently at MOMI New York (2019), Harvard Film Archive (HFA, 2018), 'Wild Minds' at ICA, London (2017) and a new film was premiered recently at Visions du Reel festival (2020).

For research see: