Mr Matthew Pell

Job: Senior Lecturer in Video and Photography

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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

T: 0116 257 7349



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Personal profile

Matthew Pell's moving-image work is concerned with an exploration of human identity in urban environments, city morphology, soundscape ecology and the juxtaposition of natural and manufactured forms.

Pell's practice-based research project Bridges is an ongoing exploration through single-authored moving image and sound of the manufactured structures that cross the River Soar on the Grand Union Canal in the suburban area of Leicester, England.

Since 2019 the project has developed into a series of video and sound works that explore an area called Aylestone Meadows where some of the bridges are located. Aylestone Meadows is a 22-acre nature reserve that is located on the edge of Leicester city centre. 

With twenty-two years experience of video production, Pell has created both commissioned and self-initiated projects. Pell has collaborated with musicians, sound artists and theatre companies to produce projections for live performances, screenings in public spaces, music videos and video art.

Selected screenings of work:

ALC Video Art Festival, Alcante, Spain, 2023

5th Photometria in Motion, Greece, 2022

Esto Es Para Esto Exhibidora de Cine, Monterrey, Mexico, 2022

Group Exhibition: Everything is Made of Light, Bermondsley Project Space, London, England, 2022

We Make Movies International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2021

Streelight, Roman Susan, Chicago, USA, 2021

FLUX Moving Image Online Festival, 2020

Moving Abstractions, Galerie Nord, Berlin, Germany, 2020

Movements, Coventry Cathedral, England, 2019

Enguage Experimental Film Festival, Seattle, USA, 2018

Visionaria Film Festival, San Gimignanao, Italy, 2018

Suburbinale 2nd International Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2018,

London Design Festival, Oxo Tower, London, UK, 2017

NoiseFloor Festival, Staffordshire University, UK, 2017

Bideodromo International Experimental Film Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 2016

Magic Mirror Video Art Event, Romania, 2016

11th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece, 2015

Urban Research at the 10th Directors Lounge Festival, Berlin, 2014

Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca, New York, 2013

Sonica, Glasgow, 2012

FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK,2011

Glastonbury Festival UK, 2009

Future Sonic, Manchester, UK, 2008

Projected Weekends, Dublin, Ireland, 2007

About Space, Birmingham, UK, 2005

International Restcycling Festival, Berlin, Germany 2004

Leeds Film Festival, UK, 2004

Research group affiliations

Institue of Art and Design

Creative and Heritage Industries Research  

Research interests/expertise

Moving Image production

Video Art

Soundscape ecology

Soundwalking and Deep Listening

Binaural Sound

Sound Design

360 and VR video

Areas of teaching

Video Production

Experimental Film and Video Art 


Critical Research 


FHEA Fellow Higher Education Academy

MA Cinema Studies

Courses taught

Photography & Video (BA Hons)

Photography (BA Hons)

Membership of external committees

Fellowship FHEA (Fellow of Higher Education)


Bridges (2013 - 2019)