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Ms Su Ansell

Job: Senior Lecturer Video Production

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Research group(s): Still & Moving Image Research Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 227 8839

E: sansell@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/photographyvideo

 

Personal profile

Su Ansell is a filmmaker, lecturer and moving image artist. Her films are ‘poetic’, lyrical, thoughtful, experimental, and thought provoking. Her work contains alternative representations of women, which counter received ideas portrayed via Hollywood and UK media, amongst others, of women as passive ‘reactors’ and victims, or hyper-sexualised icons.  Her work also contains a ‘latticework’ of layers of meaning, through the juxtaposition of filmic elements, which encourage an audience to seek out meaning and engage in a ‘dialogue’ with the work.

What I hope for, in creating, both a piece of poetry or a moving image work is loosely to weave various elements together in a delicate fabric of connections. The word ‘loosely’ is key, as it is crucial that there are gaps in this fabric, gaps into which a reader or a viewer contributes their own frame of reference, their own experience, threads which connect to the imagination, thus enhancing and extending the resonance of the work’.

Recently her work has extended into the realms of moving image installation art. Su’s current project in production was inspired by a hotel wallpaper. The videowall installation entitled ‘Breastwork’, is aimed at questioning common perceptions & portrayals of the female body.

Through written research, which both complements and interrogates this practice, Su Ansell brings to bear the visceral experience of a film practitioner on theoretical and historical debates surrounding the nature of filmwork authored by women.

In exploring poetic connection within film, particularly from a female perspective, she is developing and contributing to knowledge of a very particular film form, which eschews traditional narrative and has its roots in avant-garde and art practice.

Research group affiliations

  • Still & Moving Image Research Group

Key research outputs

2010 ‘Rockabybye’ - experimental short film (15 mins)
Exhibited: International exhibition: Slovenia (Jan/Feb 2012); Norway (Mar 2012); Croatia (May/June 2012); ; Belgium (Sept 2012); Screened on Indie Film course at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham (Oct/Nov 2011), and at ‘Doing Women’s Film History’ International conference: University of Sunderland (April 2011); Published on Artfem.tv website from Jan 2012 (ongoing) http://www.artfem.tv/id;11/action;showpage/page_type;video/page_id;Rockabybye_by_Susan_Ansell_flv/|

2011 Conference paper ‘Mining Poetic Connection with Moving Image Practice’ ‘Doing Women’s Film History’ International conference: University of Sunderland http://wfh.wikidot.com/dwfh-full-programme|    (then select paper title)

2008 ‘Digital Profiles’ Interactive video exhibit as part of ‘Collaborators, UK Design for Performance’ resident Exhibition at V&A. Also Prague Quadrennial UK competition entry/exhibit: 2007, plus UK national touring exhibition: Society of British Theatre Designers (PI for ‘Collaborators’: Kate Burnett NTU)

Research interests/expertise

  • Poetic Film
  • Avant-garde film
  • Film practices
  • Women in film
  • Film/Art installation
  • Video Art

Areas of teaching

  • Moving Image Practice
  • Research through Practice
  • Contextual study: Moving Image
  • Video Production.

Qualifications

  • MA Experimental Media (Film) Northern Media School, Sheffield; 
  • PGCHE ‘M’ level, Nottingham Trent University; 
  • BA Hons German & French, Lancaster University; 
  • PG Dip Youth & Community Work. 

Courses taught

Photography & Video BA (Hons)| De Montfort University, Leicester (2007- present)

Multimedia BA at Nottingham Trent University (2002-2007)

Forthcoming events

Conferences/festivals/campaigns

2012/13 ‘Breastwork’ video installation work (in progress). Applied to tour nationally with exhibition: ‘Mothersuckers’;  will submit to Conference of ‘The Image’ : Chicago, USA http://www.ontheimage.com/the-conference| October 2013

2013 Conference/journal paper ‘The Body Poetic: challenging perceptions of women through moving image practice’ (in progress) Proposal accepted by Conference of ‘The Image’ : Chicago, USA http://www.ontheimage.com/the-conference| October 2013 

Conference attendance

‘Doing Women’s Film History’ International Conference: University of Sunderland, April 2011
Presentation of Conference Paper:
‘Mining Poetic Connection with Moving Image Practice’ 2011 plus screening of ‘Rockabybye’ short film

HEA funded mini-conference at Oxford Brookes University: Embedding Research into Teaching, 2012 Examining and sharing theories and practices of embedding research into teaching in HE. 

Other forms of public presentation

Publication of ‘Rockabybye’ on Artfem.tv website www.Artfem.tv|  2012
Launch Screening of ‘Rockabybye’ @ Broadway Cinema, Nottingham UK  Nov 2011
2010 ‘Rockabybye’ experimental short film (15 mins) 

International exhibition: International screening & presentation of ‘Rockabybye’ , Kino Udarnik, Slovenia 2012; Norway (Mar 2012); Croatia (May/June 2012); Belgium (Sept 2012); Screened on Indie Film course at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham (Oct/Nov 2011), and at ‘Doing Women’s Film History’ International conference: University of Sunderland (April 2011); Published on Artfem.tv website from Jan 2012 (ongoing) http://www.artfem.tv/id;11/action;showpage/page_type;video/page_id;Rockabybye_by_Susan_Ansell_flv/|

Internally funded research project information

‘Rockabybye’ short film DMU part-funded; 2008-2010 Writer/Director/Producer/Editor;

Collaborators: Actors: Tanya Myers; Roger Knott-Fayle; David Meads (Camera Operator); Sally Hossack (Second Camera); David Soden (Sound Recordist, Composer, Instrumental/Vocals). Various location staff/managers; Sound Post-production: ‘Sounding Post’.

Professional esteem indicators

Curator: artfem.tv: Evelyn Sturmitz from 2011-present

Case studies

V&A visitors during 2008 to South Kensington site 2,277,388: location of interactive exhibit: ‘Digital Profiles’ in ‘Collaborators’ UK Design for Performance’ Exhibition http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/u/uk-design-for-performance-2003-2007/|

Su filmed and designed an interactive exhibit containing interviews with internationally renowned theatre designers: Ralph Koltai; Stephen Pyle; Becs Andrews; David Howe; Richard Downing

Previously exhibited at PQ – Prague Quadrennial 2007 on the British competition stand http://www.pq.cz/en/pq-07.html?itemID=37&type=national#!prettyPhotoAjax[ajax]/5/|   

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