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Alexa Raisbeck

Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art
Central Saint Martins
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Alexa  Raisbeck


In an increasingly digitised and ephemeral world I continue to work and practice with celluloid film to create expansive cinematic objects and installations that question both the medium and the viewer's perception of it.

My work sits between the concerns of film, art and installation - never quite belonging to any category. Not concerned with the idea of film as narrative illusion, I prefer to breakdown these accepted modes of viewing to reveal the inner mechanics behind the image or illusion. My creative intentions often echo those of the structural/materialist filmmakers of the 1960s and 70s, who moved their ideas onto newer formats once they became available. These concerns I continue to explore in a wider theoretical sense through my teaching where I investigate medium, the art gallery and the digital realm. My aim is to encourage students to think critically about reproduction, digitisation and medium and how this relates both existing work and their own practice.

I completed my BA in Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London from 2003 - 2006 and studied for my MA in Art & Media Practice at the University of Westminster from 2009 - 2011. During this time, I also worked in the film industry and trained professionally as a 16mm/35mm/70mm film handler and projectionist (now a dying art). I then transferred many of the skills and experience I acquired from the profession into my artwork.

I am currently studying for my PhD at the University of Westminster which is exploring how to document female film projectionists through the medium of test films and the wider cinema environment.


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