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Professor Sean Cubitt

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PositionProfessor of Film and Television, Joint Head of Department
Email s.cubitt (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 79197565
Professor Sean Cubitt

Professor Sean Cubitt is currently researching the history of visual technologies, media art history, and relationships between environmental and post-colonial criticism of film and media, three strands that converge around the political economy of globalisation and aesthetics. He has worked in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and has an interest in the film and media of these countries, and have ongoing research collaborations and honorary appointments at the Universities of Dundee and Melbourne.

Professor Cubitt is on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Screen, Cultural Politics, Animation, International Journal of Cultural Politics, Visual Communications, Futures, Time and Society, fibreculture, MIRAJ and The New Review of Film and television Studies, and is a series editor for Leonardo Books, MIT Press. Professor Cubitt is half of the thriller-writing team Lambert Nagle.

Teaching

Professor Sean Cubitt is the Joint Head of Department and teaches two graduate seminars: Experimental Media and Politics of the Audiovisual.

Areas of supervision

Professor Cubitt has supervised 20 PhDs to completion and examined over 30, among them a number including research by practice.

Current MPhil/PhD students:

  • Catalin Brylla: Representing Blindness in Documentary: A Cognitive-phenomenological approach (includes practice
  • Elinor Carmi: Why Spam? - Challenging Categorisation of Information in Media Technologies
  • Sandra Kazlauskaite: An Investigation Into The Embodiment of Sound in Contemporary Film and Video Installation Art Spaces (includes research by practice)
  • Roberto Mozzachiodi: Visualizing Crisis - Representations of the sovereign debt crisis in contemporary European cinema
  • Zaher Omareen: Mobile Phone Films: including documentary practice
  • Ozden Sahin: Political Violence in Video and Digital Media Art from the Mediterranean Region 2000-2015
  • James Williamson:  Mythologies of the Future and Visions of an Atomic Apocalypse: Science Fiction Film and Structural Approaches to Myth in the Early Cold War Era

Research Interests

Topics include net art, Wikipedia, Clint Eastwood, ICT for development, meteorological art, creative practice research models, digital documentary, high-definition television, heterotopias, television history, collaborative models in online environments, games sound, interactive arts and the British film avant-garde. I have examined 32 PhD theses, again including many employing creative practice. I am especially interested in proposals on the history and archeology of media, media arts, ecocriticism and postcolonial studies of film and media.

Publications

Book

Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technologies from Prints to Pixels. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262027656

Digital Aesthetics
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. Digital Aesthetics. London and New York: SAGE. ISBN 978-0761959007

The Cinema Effect
Cubitt, Sean. 2005. The Cinema Effect. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262532778

Simulation and Social Theory
Cubitt, Sean. 2001. Simulation and Social Theory. London and New York: SAGE. ISBN 978-0761961109

Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture
Cubitt, Sean. 1993. Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture. London: Palgrave Macmillan (; published simultaneously in New York by St Martin’s Press. ). ISBN 978-0333555569

Timeshift: On Video Culture
Cubitt, Sean. 1991. Timeshift: On Video Culture. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415016780

Edited Book

Ecomedia: Key Issues
Rust, Stephen; Monani, Salma and Cubitt, Sean, eds. 2016. Ecomedia: Key Issues. Routledge. ISBN 9781138781559

Digital Light
Cubitt, Sean; Palmer, Daniel and Tkacz, Nathaniel, eds. 2015. Digital Light. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press/fibreculture. ISBN 978-1-78542-000-9

Relive: Media Art Histories
Cubitt, Sean and Thomas, Paul, eds. 2013. Relive: Media Art Histories. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262019422

Rewind: Artists’ Video in Britain 1970s and 1980s
Cubitt, Sean and Partridge, Stephen, eds. 2012. Rewind: Artists’ Video in Britain 1970s and 1980s. John Libbey Publishing. ISBN 978-0861967063

The Ecocinema Reader: Theory and Practice
Cubitt, Sean; Rust, Stephen and Monani, Salma, eds. 2012. The Ecocinema Reader: Theory and Practice. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415899437

Studying the event film:The Lord of the Rings
Cubitt, Sean; Margolis, Harriet; Jutel, Thierry and King, Barry, eds. 2008. Studying the event film:The Lord of the Rings. Manchester University Press: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719071980

The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory
Araeen, Rasheed; Cubitt, Sean and Sardar, Ziauddin, eds. 2002. The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory. London and New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0826458513

Aliens R Us: The Other in Science Fiction Cinema
Sardar, Ziauddin and Cubitt, Sean, eds. 2002. Aliens R Us: The Other in Science Fiction Cinema. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0745315393

Book Section

The Birth of Wonder in the Database Economy
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. The Birth of Wonder in the Database Economy. In: Helen Grace; Amy Chan Kit-Sze and Wong Kin Yuen, eds. Technovisuality: Cultural Re-Enchantment and the Experience of Technology. London: I. B. Tauris, pp. 95-109. ISBN 9781784530341

Digital Aesthetics
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. Digital Aesthetics. In: Christiane Paul, ed. A Companion to Digital Art. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 265-280. ISBN 978-1-118-47520-1

“I Took Off My Pants And Felt Free”: The Subject of Environmentalism in Countercultural Radio
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. “I Took Off My Pants And Felt Free”: The Subject of Environmentalism in Countercultural Radio. In: Stephen Rust; Salma Monani and Sean Cubitt, eds. Ecomedia: Key Issues. Routledge, pp. 99-117. ISBN 9781138781559

Glitch Aesthetics and Impossible Flights/Estetica del ‘glitch’ e voli impossibile
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. Glitch Aesthetics and Impossible Flights/Estetica del ‘glitch’ e voli impossibile. In: Stephen Partridge and Laura Leuzzi, eds. REWIND Italia: Early Video Art in Italy/I primi anni della vieoarte in Italia. London: John Libbey, pp. 203-221. ISBN 9780 861967216

The Information Environment
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. The Information Environment. In: Ulrik Ekman; Jay David Bolter; Lily Diaz; Morten Sondergaard and Maria Engberg, eds. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture. New York: Routledge, pp. 215-225. ISBN 978-0415743822

Verdade, Realismo
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. Verdade, Realismo. In: Gabriel Menotti; Marcos Bastos and Patricia Moran, eds. Cinema ampesar da imagem. Sao Paulo: Intermeios, pp. 9-31. ISBN 978-85-8499-042-9

Ecologies of Fabrication
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. Ecologies of Fabrication. In: Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker, eds. Sustainable Media. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 163-179. ISBN 9781138014060

Data Visualisation and the Subject of Political Aesthetics
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Data Visualisation and the Subject of Political Aesthetics. In: David M. Berry and Michael Dieter, eds. Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 179-190. ISBN 9781137437198

Introduction: Ecologies of Media
Rust, Stephen; Monani, Salma and Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Introduction: Ecologies of Media. In: Stephen Rust; Salma Monani and Sean Cubitt, eds. Ecomedia: Key Issues. London: Earthscan/Routledge, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9781138781559

Coherent Light from Projection to Fibre Optics
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Coherent Light from Projection to Fibre Optics. In: Sean Cubitt; Daniel Palmer; Nathaniel Tkacz and Les Walkling, eds. Digital Light. Open Humanities Press, pp. 43-60. ISBN 978-1-78542-008-5

‘Lví podíl’ (‘The Lion’s Share’)
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. ‘Lví podíl’ (‘The Lion’s Share’). In: Václav Janošcík, ed. Objekt. Prague: Kvalitár, pp. 137-164.

Hope in Children of Men and Firefly/Serenity: Nihilism, Waste and the Dialectics of the Sublime
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Hope in Children of Men and Firefly/Serenity: Nihilism, Waste and the Dialectics of the Sublime. In: Sean Redmond and Leon Marvell, eds. Endangering Science Fiction Film. New York: AFI/Routledge, pp. 51-65. ISBN 9781138792630

Source Code: Eco-criticism and subjectivity
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Source Code: Eco-criticism and subjectivity. In: Amy Herzog; John Richardson and Carol Vernallis, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 483-500. ISBN 978-0190258177

Large Screens, Third Screens, Virtuality and Innovation
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Large Screens, Third Screens, Virtuality and Innovation. In: Amy Herzog; John Richardson and Carol Vernallis, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media. USA: OUP, pp. 77-90. ISBN 978-0190258177

Cinema/ Ideology/ Criticism
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Cinema/ Ideology/ Criticism. In: Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland, eds. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 242-246. ISBN 978-1138849150

Media Studies and New Media Studies
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Media Studies and New Media Studies. In: John Hartley; Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns, eds. A Companion to New Media Dynamics. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 15-32. ISBN 978-1119000860

Ideology, cinema and
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Ideology, cinema and. In: Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan, eds. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 242-246. ISBN 9780415781800

Suture
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Suture. In: Warren Buckland and Edward Branigan, eds. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory. London: Routledge, pp. 453-457. ISBN 9780415781800

Toxic Media: On the Ecological Impact of Cinema
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Toxic Media: On the Ecological Impact of Cinema. In: Anil Narine, ed. Eco-Trauma Cinema. New York: Routledge, pp. 231-248. ISBN 978-1-13-879139-8

Regional Standardisation: MPEG and Intercultural Transmission
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Regional Standardisation: MPEG and Intercultural Transmission. In: Larissa Hjorth; Natalie King and Mami Kataoka, eds. Art in the Asia-Pacific: Intimate Publics. New York: Routledge, pp. 134-145. ISBN 9781138961166

Affect and Environment in Two Artists’ Films and a Video
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Affect and Environment in Two Artists’ Films and a Video. In: Alexa Weik von Mossner, ed. Moving Environment. Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 249-265. ISBN 978-1771120029

Utopia
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Utopia. In: Michael Kelly, ed. The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics second edition. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199747108

Visible Time
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Visible Time. In: Tomislav Medak and Goran Sergej Pristaš, eds. Time and (In)Completion – Images And Performances Of Time In Late Capitalism. Zagreb: BADco., pp. 130-141. ISBN 978-953-56603-2-3

The Politics of the Line
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. The Politics of the Line. In: Jonathan Harris and Richard Koeck, eds. Picasso and the Politics of Representation: War and Peace in the Era of the Cold War and Since. 13 Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 69-88. ISBN 9781846318757

Ecocritique and the Materialities of Animation
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. Ecocritique and the Materialities of Animation. In: Suzanne Buchan, ed. Pervasive Animation. New York: Routledge, pp. 94-114. ISBN 9780415807234

Introduction: The New Materialism in Media Art History
Cubitt, Sean and Thomas, Paul. 2013. Introduction: The New Materialism in Media Art History. In: Sean Cubitt and Paul Thomas, eds. Relive: Media Art Histories. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, pp. 1-22. ISBN 978-0262019422

Global Media and Archaeologies of Network Technologies
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. Global Media and Archaeologies of Network Technologies. In: Paul Graves-Brown; Rodney Harrison and Angela Piccini, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford: OUP, pp. 135-148. ISBN 978-0199602001

The Light At the End
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. The Light At the End. In: Bashir Makhoul, ed. Palestinian Video Art - Constellation of the Moving Image. Jerusalem: Palestinian Art Court - al Hoash, pp. 52-64. ISBN 978-9950352032

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Data Visualisation and Ecocriticism
Cubitt, Sean. 2012. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Data Visualisation and Ecocriticism. In: Stephen Rust; Salma Monani and Sean Cubitt, eds. The Ecocinema Reader: Theory and Practice. New York: AFI/Routledge, pp. 277-296. ISBN 0415899435

On the Reinvention of Video in the 1980s
Cubitt, Sean. 2012. On the Reinvention of Video in the 1980s. In: Sean Cubitt and Stephen Partridge, eds. REWIND:Artists’ video in the 1970s & 80s. London: John Libbey, pp. 160-177. ISBN 9780 86196 706 3

Vector, Space and Time
Cubitt, Sean. 2012. Vector, Space and Time. In: Ming-Yuen S Ma and Erika Suderburg, eds. Resolutions: Volume 3: Global Networks of Video. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 297-308. ISBN 978-0816670833

After Tolerance
Cubitt, Sean. 2012. After Tolerance. In: Trebor Scholtz, ed. Digital Labor. New York: Routledge, pp. 58-68. ISBN 978-0415896955

Current Screens
Cubitt, Sean. 2011. Current Screens. In: Oliver Grau and Thomas Veigl, eds. Imagery in the 21st Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 21-35. ISBN 9780262015721

Audiovisionaries of the Network Planet
Cubitt, Sean. 2011. Audiovisionaries of the Network Planet. In: Jonathan Harris, ed. Globalization and Contemporary Art. Blackwell, pp. 225-236. ISBN 978-1405179508

Vector Politics and the Aesthetics of Disappearance
Cubitt, Sean. 2011. Vector Politics and the Aesthetics of Disappearance. In: John Armitage, ed. Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies. Cambridge: Polity, pp. 68-91. ISBN 978-0745648781

Visual Communication in Traditional and Digital Contexts
Cubitt, Sean and Politoff, Violetta. 2011. Visual Communication in Traditional and Digital Contexts. In: George Cheney; Steve May and Debashish Munshi, eds. The Handbook of Communication Ethics. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 241-257. ISBN 978-0415994651

Fabrication
Cubitt, Sean. 2010. Fabrication. In: Phillip Kalantzis-Cope and Karim Gherab-Martin, eds. Emerging Digital Spaces in Contemporary Society: Properties of Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 207-219. ISBN 978-0230273467

Internet Aesthetics
Cubitt, Sean. 2010. Internet Aesthetics. In: Jeremy Hunsinger; Matt Allen and Lisbeth Klastrup, eds. International Handbook of Internet Research. Berlin: Springer, pp. 159-170. ISBN 978-1402097881

The Ordering of Worlds: Two Recent Video Works by Stella Brennan
Cubitt, Sean. 2010. The Ordering of Worlds: Two Recent Video Works by Stella Brennan. In: , ed. The Reading Room. Auckland: Art Gallery, pp. 144-155. ISBN 1-928863-08-6

LED technology and the shaping of culture
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. LED technology and the shaping of culture. In: Scott McQuire; Meredith Martin and Sabine Niederer, eds. Urban Screens Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, pp. 97-108. ISBN 978-90-78146-10-0

The Supernatural in Neo-Baroque Hollywood
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. The Supernatural in Neo-Baroque Hollywood. In: Warren Buckland, ed. Film Theory & Contemporary Hollywood Movies. Routledge, pp. 47-65. ISBN 978-0415962629

Infernal Affairs and the Ethics of Complex Narrative
Cubitt, Sean. 2008. Infernal Affairs and the Ethics of Complex Narrative. In: Warren Buckland, ed. Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema. Oxford: Wiley-VCH, pp. 151-166. ISBN 978-1405168625

Article

Glitch
Cubitt, Sean. 2017. Glitch. Cultural Politics, 13(1), ISSN 1743-2197

Anti-Humanist Film
Cubitt, Sean and Bishop, Ryan. 2017. Anti-Humanist Film. Screen, 58(1), ISSN 0036-9543

Film, Landscape and Political Aesthetics: Deseret
Cubitt, Sean. 2016. Film, Landscape and Political Aesthetics: Deseret. Screen, 57(1), pp. 21-34. ISSN 0036-9543

Enumerating Photography from Spot Meter to CCD
Cubitt, Sean; Palmer, Daniel and Walkling, Les. 2015. Enumerating Photography from Spot Meter to CCD. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(7-8), pp. 245-265. ISSN 0263-2764

Integral Waste
Cubitt, Sean. 2015. Integral Waste. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(4), pp. 133-145. ISSN 0263-2764

Telecommunication Networks: Economy, Ecology, Rule
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Telecommunication Networks: Economy, Ecology, Rule. Theory, Culture & Society, ISSN 0263-2764

Decolonising Ecomedia
Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Decolonising Ecomedia. Cultural Politics, 10(3), pp. 275-286. ISSN 1743-2197

Electric Light and Electricity
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. Electric Light and Electricity. Theory, Culture and Society, 30(7-8), pp. 1-16. ISSN 0263-2764

The Shadow
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. The Shadow. MIRAJ The Moving Image Review & Art Journal, 2(2), pp. 187-197. ISSN 20456298

Angelic Ecologies
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. Angelic Ecologies. Millennium Film Journal, 1(58), pp. 40-45.

Anecdotal evidence
Cubitt, Sean. 2013. Anecdotal evidence. NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies, 3,

Interview with Victor Burgin
Cubitt, Sean and Bishop, Ryan. 2013. Interview with Victor Burgin. Theory Culture and Society, 30(7-8), pp. 199-219. ISSN 0263-2764

Avatar and Utopia
Cubitt, Sean. 2012. Avatar and Utopia. Animation: An interdisciplinary journal, 7(3), pp. 1-11. ISSN 1746-8477

Reflections on medium specificity occasioned by the symposium 'Digital Light: Technique, Technology, Creation', Melbourne, 2011
Cubitt, Sean; Palmer, Daniel and Walkling, Les. 2012. Reflections on medium specificity occasioned by the symposium 'Digital Light: Technique, Technology, Creation', Melbourne, 2011. The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 1(1), ISSN 2045-6298

The Latent Image
Cubitt, Sean. 2011. The Latent Image. The International Journal of The Image, 1(2), pp. 27-38.

Does Cloud Computing Have a Silver Lining?
Cubitt, Sean; Hassan, Robert and Volkmer, Ingrid. 2011. Does Cloud Computing Have a Silver Lining? Media, Culture and Society, 33(1), pp. 149-158. ISSN 0163-4437

Making Space
Cubitt, Sean. 2010. Making Space. Senses Of Cinema(57),

Postnormal network futures: A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar
Cubitt, Sean; Hassan, Robert and Volkmer, Ingrid. 2010. Postnormal network futures: A rejoinder to Ziauddin Sardar. Futures, 42(6), pp. 617-624. ISSN 0016-3287

The Sound of Sunlight
Cubitt, Sean. 2010. The Sound of Sunlight. Screen, 51(2), pp. 118-128. ISSN 0036-9543

The Limits of Human Progress
Simondon, Gilbert and Cubitt, Sean. 2010. The Limits of Human Progress. Cultural Politics, 8(2), pp. 229-236. ISSN 1743-2197

Line and Colour in The Band Concert
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. Line and Colour in The Band Concert. Animation: An interdisciplinary journal, 4(1), pp. 11-30. ISSN 1746-8477

Art, Technology and Policy in the Twenty‐First Century
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. Art, Technology and Policy in the Twenty‐First Century. Third Text, 23(5), pp. 571-578. ISSN 0952-8822

Database Economy and Transnational Cinema
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. Database Economy and Transnational Cinema. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(2), pp. 155-166. ISSN 1750-3175

Thinking Filming Thinking Filming
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. Thinking Filming Thinking Filming. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 1, ISSN 2000-4214

A Critique of Play
Cubitt, Sean. 2009. A Critique of Play. Refractory, 16, ISSN 1447-4905

Social Formations of Global Media Art
Cubitt, Sean; Mariátegui, José‐Carlos and Nadarajan, Gunalan. 2009. Social Formations of Global Media Art. Third Text, 23(3), pp. 217-228. ISSN 0952-8822

Virtual Dialectics and Technological Aesthetics
Cubitt, Sean. 2008. Virtual Dialectics and Technological Aesthetics. Cultural Politics, 4(2), pp. 133-154. ISSN 1743-2197

Project

Sound and the City
Bulley, James; Sahin, Ozden; Spinelli, Emmanuel; Tanaka, Atau; Hosang, Georgina M.; Cubitt, Sean; Drever, John L. and Kanngieser, Anja. 2014. Sound and the City.