Dr Erika Balsom
Lecturer in Film Studies as well as 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 (2005).
BA Hons in Cinema Studies, University of Toronto, Canada (2004).
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. The book argues that the integration of cinema into the gallery is marked by an interplay of old and new media: cinema emerges as a senescent medium compared to digital, networked media, but in relation to traditional media such as painting and sculpture, it is a technological marvel supplying spectacular novelty.
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.
Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art(Amsterdam University Press, 2013)
“Around The Clock: Museum and Market,” Framework (forthcoming 2014)
“Original Copies: How Film and Video Became Art Objects,” Cinema Journal 53.1 (2013)
“A Pilgrimage to the Peloponnese: Gregory Markopoulos, Eniaios, and the Temenos,” Lola 2 (2013)
“Brakhage’s Sour Grapes, or, Avant-Garde Cinema in the Art World,” Moving Image Review and Art Journal 1.1 (2012)
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 2013–2014 academic year, she will be teaching Film and New Media in the autumn semester and Cinema and Spectatorship in the spring semester.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Co-editor of features at Moving Image Review and Art Journal.
Co-chair of ExFM, the experimental film and media scholarly interest group at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.