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Christin Bolewski

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Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Film and Video Dipl. Ing. Photography - Dipl. Audiovisual Media

Christin Bolewski is a digital media artist and experimental filmmaker from Germany; undergraduate studies in film, video and photography and postgraduate studies in audiovisual media at Academy of Media Arts Cologne Germany. Since 1996 she has been a researcher and lecturer at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, a guest lecturer at Konstfack Stockholm and UCSC California and a professor in audiovisual media at FH Lemgo Germany, before joining the School of the Arts at Loughborough University in 2005.
 
Her artistic practice is mainly engaged with the exploration of digital audiovisual technologies and the internet and how these tools re-define, remediate or develop audiovisual culture and global communication. Her work is a critical investigation of the potential of digital media to expand the aesthetic possibilities of audiovisual / film art. It includes video art, experimental filmmaking, narrative genre mix, digital animation, digital media installations, alternation and remediation of traditional art concepts / film structures, nonlinear database storytelling, combination of still / moving image, video / photography, video paintings and digital sound compositions. Her artistic practice is combined with theoretical approaches to contemporary digital media and film, media theory and philosophy. Themes and topics of her artistic work relate to the cultural impact of new media, to the networked organisation of the world and the transformation into a global culture and information society. 
 
Since 1995, her work has been exhibited at international exhibition spaces such as Bundeskunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bonn, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Centre international d'art contemporain de Montreal, Dt. Kinemathek Berlin, Maison de l'UNESCO Paris, Centro Nacional de las Artes Mexico City, Centre d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie France, Museum Ludwig Köln, Musee d’Histoire du Luxembourg, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Centre for Art and Media ZKM Karlsruhe, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Kunsthalle Basel Switzerland, MAC de la UNL Santa Fe Argentina, etc.
 
Christin’s video and film art has also been included in retrospective film festivals such as Manifestation on Video-art and Videomaking of the last 15 years at Rialto Filmtheatre, Amsterdam 1997, Feministic Film Festivals in Europe 1973-1997 at Dt. Kinemathek, Berlin, Electronic Undercurrents: Art & Video in Europe Statens Museum for Kunst Copenhagen. Christin has presented papers at key events of digital culture, includig SIGGRAPH Asia, ISEA, Worldwide Video Festival Den Haag, FILE Brazil, Transmediale Berlin or Media Art Festival Osnabrueck and others such as Transito mx_ - Centre de las Artes Mexico City, Split Film Festival, backup_festival Bauhaus University Weimar Germany, Pixilerations: Festival of digital media and interactive performance Rhode Island USA, International Digital Art Exhibition Orilla MAC de la UNL Santa Fe Argentina.
 
Christin’s artwork has been nominated and awarded with international art prizes and honorable mentions. This includes being a finalist of the International EcoArtContest 2010 Italy, a Honorable Mention at Transitio_MX03 2009, Centro National de las Artes Mexico City; a Special Mention at ORILLA'06 – International Digital Art Exhibition, Museo Arte Contemporaneo Santa Fe, /Argentina; Prix de la Création Vidéo: Mention Spéciale du jury, Videoformes 2002 - Festival International dárts vidéo et multimédia de Clermont-Ferrand, 
France; UNESCO Webprize 1998 HONORABLE MENTION; 6th International New Media Art Biennale WRO 97, Sound Basis Visual Art Festival Wroclaw, Poland, Polish Public TV Channel 2 special prize and a nomination for the International German Video Art Prize 1995 awarded by the prestigious ZKM (Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe).

SAA123 Introduction to Fine Art
SAA124 Developing Fine Art Practice
SAB114 Siting Fine Art Practice
SAB115 Fine Art Practice
SAC116 Professional Fine Art Practice
SAC117 Fine Art Practice: Final Project

Christin’s research interests are in the area of:
  • Film, video, digital media art, electronic sound
  • Artistic use and expression of digital media technologies
  • Postmodern media theory
  • Film and sound psychology
  • Postmodern and digital audiovisual narratives
  • Non linear and database narratives
  • 2D-Animation and digital video post-production
Christin disseminates her research to a large variety of international audiences, which include academia, media industry and public audiences through presentations at museums, art  galleries, film festivals, digital art festivals and symposia, academic conferences, journal and book publications as well as through collaboration with media industry, political and cultural organisations. 
 
Her most recent research projects include cross-cultural Investigations of Eastern and Western art practice and philosophy. SHAN-SHUI-HUA is a cross-cultural artistic artefact, which redefines Chinese traditional landscape art within the emerging genre of the high-definition ‘video painting’ as a hybrid form between still and moving image. It uses digital visualization technology to investigate relationships between traditional Chinese art practices/philosophy and contemporary (Western) digital 2D/3D visualization, animation and film practice. Findings from the practice-based research process are analyzed and contextualized in relation to a number of related fields such as digital visualization and animation practice; cross-cultural art; sinology; design and philosophy; film, cinema and design practice; practice-based research and disseminated to the respective international academic communities. 
 
UNIVERSAL TOURIST’ is a practice-based research project in contemporary moving image practice. It is an experimental video, which creates a new hybrid form between photographic and cinematic practice by investigating the artistic potential of the digital photo frame as a new digital device and its potentials between still and moving image practice, common culture and ‘high art’. The video it is a contemporary crossover of traditional documentary, ethnographic and experimental film (photographic) practice. It is a sociological and cultural study of a global phenomenon of mass consumer culture: it interrogates tourist photographic 
practices - the holiday snapshot.
 
„JOURNEYS IN TRAVEL“ is a work-in-progress multi-disciplinary research project in and investigates contemporary modes of non-linear digital database storytelling based on algorithmic computer-controlled systems. It is a nonlinear experimental film installation, which tells a never-ending complex story of travel and establishes its own unique setting amongst the multiple approaches towards nonlinear narratives by investigating structural relationships between travelogue, cinematic essay and digital database narrative, which can be called accordingly a ‘database essay.’ It further investigates the viewers’ cognitive and emotional engagement in an audiovisual nonlinear narrative construction by drawing onto recent research findings from brain science and neurophysiology. It investigates and translates structural relationships between film, rhythm and music, specifically related to principles of European macro-aleatoric (chance-based) music composition.
Christin's current PhD supervisions include:
 
Samantha Moore: Out of Sight: The representation of interior brain states revealed in non-fiction animation co-supervised with Prof. Paul Wells.
 
She welcomes interest from researchers and organisations for collaborative research projects and postgraduate supervision with interests particularly in digital culture, moving image,  animation and film practice, as well as digital media and fine art practice.