Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield


Philosopher-artist Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield has published, lectured, and taught widely on film, video, new media, the moving image, film aesthetics and the philosophy of film. He has curated exhibitions in film and early video art; has written on recent Scandinavian video art and the film and video art of Vito Acconci, Ellen Cantor, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Joan Jonas, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Jonas Mekas, Sara Rossi, Michael Snow, Catherine Sullivan and Bill Viola; and held public discussions on film with Jonas and Snow, as well as with William Raban and Stephen Mulhall.

Dronsfield’s most recent publication on the moving image is “Filming deconstruction / deconstructing film” Callaghan & McQuillan (eds), Love in the Post: From Plato to Derrida. The Screenplay and Commentary (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He is also Associate Producer of, and primary Academic Researcher for, the film Love in the Post: From Plato to Derrida, Joanna Callaghan (dir), Heraclitus Pictures (UK, 2014).

In 2013 for the University of Reading and the Samuel Beckett Archives he curated Inspection Place, an exhibition on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which world-premiered Pjer Zalica’s Čekajući Godota (1993), the film version of Susan Sontag’s Sarajevo production of Waiting for Godot, and showed for the first time in the UK the video of Beckett’s only production of Waiting for Godot at the Schiller Theater, Berlin (1975) alongside his own performance of Beckett’s diagrams for choreographing the production.

Various collaborations with artists include Trine Marie Riel’s video piece Futures Reader (Denmark, 2011), for which Dronsfield wrote the script, which also doubled as a paper, ‘The Image of Thought’, to the 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, June 2011, which was subsequently published in Philosophy Today, 56 (4), November 2012.

Dronsfield’s own films are in distribution with The Lux: Artists’ Moving Image, London, and have been toured by the British Council and the Arts Council to Europe and North America, broadcast on cable tv for Time Based Arts, Holland; and selected for various film festivals around the world, including London Film Festival; Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival; Europäisches Medienkunst Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; National Video Festival, Bracknell; BP Expo, Riverside Studios, London; Video Positive, Tate Gallery, Liverpool; International Experimental Film Congress, Toronto, Canada; Viper International Film- und Videoprogramm, Luzern, Switzerland.

Dronsfield has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, where he was a British Academy Scholar, and held a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, where he was a Leverhulme Fellow. He was Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Research at the University of Southampton, then Reader in Theory and Philosophy of Art at the University of Reading. He currently has visiting posts at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, and the Royal College of Art, London, is on the faculty of the Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Italy, and Performing Arts Foundation France, summer schools, and is a member of the Executive and Academic Boards of the Forum for European Philosophy at the London School of Economics.


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