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Mr Phillip Warnell

Associate Professor and Director of Studies MA Experimental Film


I produce cinematic, art works 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 writer and poet Jean-Christophe Bailly. Most recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University (Film Study Centre 2017-18) I have 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:

Areas of specialism

  • Experimental Film, film production and Artists' Moving Image
  • Mediated Performance
  • Poetics
  • Film Production
  • Sensory Ethnography
  • Augmented Cinema
  • Art & Film
  • Human-animal relations
  • Film & Philosophy


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. The writing often accompanies or reflects on the screen-based work. I contribute regularly to research events and symposia, most recently at Harvard Film Archive (HFA), a symposium 'Wild Minds' at ICA, London in 2017 and at CPH-Dox international film festival in 2017. 2018 talks have included at Northwestern University, Chicago and Tate Modern (Museum of Clouds).

"Animals are not in the world, they are the world" Phillip Warnell - Fearful Symmetry, 2018

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