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Stephen Connolly

PhD in Fine Art


Stephen Connolly is a artist filmmaker.

Stephen Connolly is an artist filmmaker whose work investigates cinema and representation through place, politics and history.  His award winning single screen work which explores the interface between spectatorship, material culture and subjectivity, has been widely shown internationally since 2002. A FLAMIN award recipient, he has had solo screenings at the ICA and BFI Southbank in London, and was a juror at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA) in 2011. His work is distributed by the LUX and has been acquired by the Artist Moving Image Collection of the British Film Institute and a number of US Universities.

A PhD student in Fine Art, former Graduate Teaching Assistant and Kent 50 Scholar, Stephen  won a 2018 British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Award in the Moving Image category under Best Practice Research Portfolio for Machine Space, an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. His doctoral practice as research looks the representation of capital as material environment in artists film and video and the use of ‘assemblage’ and an Actor Network framework can further this audio-visual exploration. Recent conferences as a contributor include In Media Res at Harvard US; Besides the Screen at USP São Paulo BR; and Critical Topographies at Kingston UK.

Machine Space was shown at London Film Festival and Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.
You can read the LFF Review (in which it is described as "brilliant") on MUBI

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The Spatial Cinema: An Application of Lefebvre Spatial Theory to the Moving Image is a practice based PhD research dissertation that discusses the application of the paradigm of spatial production to the representation of the city in film, specifically focusing on its relation to capital and the work of Henri Lefebvre. Drawing on fieldwork in Detroit, the film Machine Space (38mins, 2016) explores a city that has passed from the production of things to the production of spaces.

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