Deniz Johns

Doctoral Candidate

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies , Media arts

Courses taught: Film Studies, Film Studies and Media Studies

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Deniz is an experimental filmmaker, practice based researcher and film programmer based in London. She teaches several film theory and practice modules on our BA (Hons) Film Studies courses and is one of the Fine Art Research Unit Co-ordinators at Cambridge School of Art.

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Deniz's website on Cargo

collective-iz website

Email: deniz.johns@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Background

Before receiving her MA from the Royal College of Art in 2012, Deniz studied film, choreography and linguistics in Turkey, Poland, Japan and the UK. She is currently undertaking her PhD by practice, which revolves around modes of political aesthetics and filmic constructions in experimental film and video in Britain.

Her work is shown in national and international venues including: CineCycle, Toronto, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Southbank Centre, Close-up Film Centre and the Roundhouse, London. She is a founding member of collective-iz, which is an artist collective, based in London, working within the context of experimental film, video and performance.

Research interests

  • Film and politics
  • Political aesthetics
  • Experimental film and video
  • Expanded cinema and media
  • Artists film and video
  • 20th century Avant-garde arts
  • 16mm film
  • Marxist film theory
  • Documentary film

Selected recent publications

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  • Johns, Deniz (2016) “On Theory and Practice.” In: THEOREM: theory as practice and practice as theory. Cambridge: Cambridge School of Art (peer-reviewed).
  • Johns, Deniz et al (2016) Collectiv-iz artist statement. Sequence Issue 4 (Ed. Simon Payne).
  • Johns, Deniz et al (2016), Collectiv-iz Interview, Contact Festival Publication (Eds. Simon Payne and Andrew Wallace).
Editorial

Johns, D. and Payne, S. (eds). Reflections on Contemporary British Experimental Film and Video, Senses of Cinema (2016)

Recent presentations and conferences

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  • Whitechapel Gallery London post screening discussion with the curator Gareth Evans
  • Close Up Film Centre London, post screening discussion with the curator Karel Doing
  • Cambridge School of Art  | Theory:Practice Symposium  | On Theory and Practice

Screenings / Exhibitions

  • June 2017, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
  • March 2017, Brick Cube, London
  • December 2016 - Close Up Film Centre, London
  • October 2016 - Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • July 2016 - Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
  • May 2016 - Contact A Festival of New Experimental Film and Video, Apiary Studios, London
  • May 2016 - Unseen Cinema, 27th International Ankara Film Festival, Goethe Institute, Ankara
  • April 2016 - Pseudio Basement Project Space, Cambridge
  • March 2016 - Regional Support Network, London Calling, CineCycle, Toronto
  • August 2014 - XVIIX.com Monthly online exhibition of artist video
  • November 2013 - Film / Performance / Space Summerhall, Edinburgh
  • October 2013 - Stop! Look! Listen! Art Licks Weekend, Southbank Centre, London
  • August 2013 - The Pace of Time, The Roundhouse, London
  • April 2013 - Film Movement in Light: Contemporary Expressions, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • April 2013 - Nightworks, Group Screening, TESTBED1, London
  • April 2013 - Nightloops, video loop, Legion TV
  • February 2013 - Now and Here, Group Screening, The Horse Hospital, London
  • January 2013 - Disruption, Research RCA Biennial Exhibition, Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA, London
  • June 2012 - Off Sight, Group Screening, British Film Institute, London
  • June 2012 - Silents, Viewing and Listening Space, Hockney Gallery, RCA, London
  • March 2012 - On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London
  • February 2012 - Tactics of Protest Now, Red Tape Event, Royal College of Art, London
  • December 2011 - Problems of Protest, Viewing and Listening Space, Royal College of Art, London
  • March 2011 - Performance to the Camera, Viewing & Listening Space, Royal College of Art
  • September 2009 - Edgware Road: Cinema, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London
  • March 2009 - International Women's Day Screening Cambridge Arts Picture House, Cambridge
  • July 2008 - Arts2media Atelier, Andreasstadel, Regensburg, Germany
  • August 2007 - One Minute Film Festival, Aarau, Switzerland

Selected Curatorial Projects

  • 2017- Black & Light | Collective-iz at Supernormal Festival | Oxfordshire
  • 2016 - Portraits | New River Studios | London
  • 2015 - Black & Light | Collective-iz film screening | Apiary Studios | London
  • 2014 - Out of nowhere | Collective-iz with no.w.here | London
  • 2014 - Screenscapes | Collective-iz film screening | Apiary Studios | London
  • 2013 - Now and Here | Collective-iz film screening | The Horse Hospital | London
  • 2012 - Silents | Co-curator | Hockney Gallery | Royal College of Art | London
  • 2012 - Black & Light Films | Co-curator | Royal College of Art
  • 2011 - Problems of Protest | Co-curator | Royal College of Art
  • 2011 - Performance to the Camera | Co-curator | Royal College of Art

Selected Scholarships | Awards | Grants | Residencies

  • 2015 - ARU Scholarship for Ph.D. Research
  • 2012 - WHSmith Visual Communication Student Achievement Award | RCA
  • 2012 - Matthews Wrightson Charity Trust Award | RCA
  • 2010 - Royal College of Art MA Bursary | London
  • 2008 - Anglia Trust Foundation research travel grant | ARU
  • 2008 - Collegium Scholarship | Le Giornate del Cinema Mutto | Pordenone | Italy
  • 2008 - National Artists’ Union of Germany grant for residency at Arts2Media Atelier | Regensburg
  • 2006 - Communication, Film and Media Award for critical and creative excellence | ARU

Media experience

Interview with collective-iz (filmmakers' collective) published in Contact Festival catalogue.