Dr Erika Balsom
Lecturer in Film Studies and in Liberal Arts
Tel +44 (0) 207 848 7559
Film Studies Department
King's College London
PhD in Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, USA (2010).
MA in Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
BA Hons in Cinema Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.
Before joining the department at King’s in 2013, Erika Balsom held a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-2011) and was assistant professor of film studies at Carleton University, Ottawa (2011-2013).
moving image installation
history of film theory
new media/old media
Erika Balsom’s research is broadly concerned with the intersection of moving image art and the transformations of cinema after digitization. Her monograph, Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art, confronts the changing contours of what we call “cinema” after digitization through an examination of uses of the moving image and references to film history in art since 1990.
Erika is currently writing a book about the distribution and circulation of experimental film and artists' cinema. This monograph will explore issues of access, authenticity, reproducibility, and rarity through a comparative analysis of selected distribution models (such as the limited edition, digital bootlegging, and the 8mm reduction print) and case studies of key works that take up questions of image circulation.
Erika Balsom welcomes PhD theses on any topics related to her research, including avant-garde film, artists’ cinema, film theory, new media, experimental documentary, and film distribution/ circulation.
For more details, please see her full research profile.
“Before the Cinematic Turn: Video Projection in the 1970s,” Exhibited Cinema, ed. François Bovier and Adeena Mey (Zurich: JRP Ringier, forthcoming)
“Live and Direct: Cinema as a Performing Art,” Artforum (September 2014)
"Against the Novelty of New Media: The Resuscitation of the Authentic,” You Are Here: Art After the Internet, ed. Omar Kholeif (Manchester: Cornerhouse and SPACE, 2014).
Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013)
“Original Copies: How Film and Video Became Art Objects,” Cinema Journal 53.1 (2013)
For a complete list of publications, please see Erika's full research profile
Erika Balsom has taught courses on moving image art, digital cinema, film theory, cinema and portraiture, the essay film, and theories of media temporality.
In the 2014–2015 academic year, she will be teaching Film Studies modules on classical film theory and the moving image in art.
In Liberal Arts, she will teach a seminar on originals and copies and participate in the third-year core module.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Erika Balsom has lectured widely, including recent invited talks at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), LUX (London), Light Industry (New York), Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, Copenhagen University, and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh). In Spring 2014, she was a writer-in-residence at Fogo Island Arts. She is co-chair of ExFM, the experimental film and media scholarly interest group at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.