Dr Malcolm Cook

I am an Associate Lecturer who teaches contextual studies on the MA Character Animation course, with a focus on historical and theoretical approaches to animation.

I gained my PhD in 2013 by Birkbeck, University of London. It examined early British animated cartoons prior to the advent of sound cinema, with a particular focus on the relationship between the moving image and the graphic arts and other pre-cinematic entertainments, as well as the neurological processes involved in the perception of these forms. I teach at Central Saint Martins and Middlesex University.

My primary research interests lie in the intermedial relationships of the moving image, the many and varied ways in which it has been influenced by and interacted with other art forms, and the implications these have for definitions of cinema, both historically and in contemporary practices. Animation, early cinema, and film music/sound, individually and in combination, have all provided areas of research that are particularly well suited to this rich topic and are the basis of his existing publications. The intermedial focus of research has necessarily required openness to interdisciplinary methods, drawing on film and animation studies, art history, theatre and performance studies, literary and adaptation studies, and contemporary work in the neurosciences.

I am the author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and have co-authored (with Max Sexton) a book titled Adapting Science Fiction to Television: Small Screen, Expanded Universe (2015). This book explores the way the adaptation to television of a range of science fiction sources, including literature, cinema, radio, and comics, has been used to explore and define the medium specificity of television. My chapter ‘Pixar, “The Road to Point Reyes”, and the long history of landscapes in new visual technologies’ appears in the forthcoming book Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function edited by Chris Pallant. I am currently preparing several book chapters for publication including one on the role of music in the work of Len Lye, and one looking at the advertising and music videos produced by Aardman Animations.