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Mr Richard Squires

Joint Course Leader / Senior Lecturer

About

I am a Senior Lecturer and Joint Course Leader, BA Filmmaking at Kingston University (MFA Slade, BA Middlesex University) with an active professional practice that comprises work in film, animation, installation, comics and live art. My work often foregrounds provocation, appropriation, the construction of narrative and the relationship between the artwork and the audience. In 1998, I founded comic art project Let Me Feel Your Finger First which has since evolved into my production company, LMFYFF Productions.

My work is shown internationally at film festivals, in gallery shows and broadcast. Recent exhibitions include 'Alternative 23' at IMT Gallery, London (2014) and 'Comics Unmasked: Art & Anarchy in the UK' at the British Library (2014). Past projects include 'Programme', a hybrid documentary work about the Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris premiered at the Whitechapel, London in 2007; 'Francis' an Animate Projects commission for Channel 4 (2007) and 'The Uncle Hans-Peter Party' a live work, debuted at the ICA, London in 2009.

My debut feature 'Doozy' - a creative documentary that explores the voice casting of actor Paul Lynde as a series of 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon villains - premiered at BFI London Film Festival in October 2018 and is currently on the international festival circuit.

My films are distributed by Light Cone, Paris. They have been featured on various DVD compilations including Grey Suit, Bloody Gays (Films de l'ange) and New Contemporaries: Moving Image 1968-2010 (Lux). My work has been published in journals including Art Review; Animation Practice, Process and Production; Performance Research and Chroma Journal.

My projects have been funded by Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Channel 4, Animate Projects, Film London, The Wellcome Trust and Radiator 002 Festival of New Technology Art. 

Areas of specialism

  • film production
  • post-production (including editing, compositing and on-screen design)
  • narrative construction
  • representations of 'otherness' in animation and film
  • representations of masculinity and gender in animation and film

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Qualifications

  • MA Fine Art (Media)
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

Research

My research interests include creative approaches to the construction of narrative in moving image work; representations of otherness in comics, animation and film; representations of masculinity and gender; language and classification; the relationship between the audience and the artwork.

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