Timothy Smith

PhD Student

2016 - current

Timothy Smith is a London-based artist/filmmaker, creator of multi-award-winning narrative short films such as Attack (2005) and Le Weekend (2007); and more recently, experimental non-narrative films Béton brut (2014) and When we come to it (2015). He obtained his BA(Hons) in Film Production and Animation from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia (where he was born and raised); and his MA in Art and Media Practice at the University of Westminster, in London. From 2008 – 2016 Timothy worked at the British Film Institute. Initially as the Events Programmer for the BFI London Film Festival from 2008-10, returning to the LFF as Production Supervisor for BFI Live in 2011. Subsequently, he worked for the BFI on a part-time basis, producing cinema events, until he began his research degree in 2016 at the University of the Arts London. 


Queering of Memory/Temporality/Subjectivity: Subversive Methods in Audiovisual Practice

My practice-based PhD research is interested in developing a queer/feminist understanding of sound, memory, voice, affect, temporality, spectrality and subjectivity, in relation to audiovisual artwork.

Building on established theories in cinema and sound studies, whilst engaging with current debates around affect and queer theory, the work attempts to make porous the boundaries between genres, whilst identifying a range of subversive strategies implemented by artists intent on amplifying the voices of marginalised communities.

The project examines a number of audiovisual works (both my own and those of other artists) within a framework comprised of different configurations of time and subjectivity. A journey that encompasses a vast array of temporalities: from the deep time of geological landscapes and their mythological narratives; the recent ‘historical’ past (and a necessary queering of memory); the embodied present in all its haptic sensuality; and then forward/outward towards the future, with all it multiplicitous, (im)possibilities.