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Susannah Gent

Susannah R Gent

Senior Lecturer, Film and Media Production

Summary

Susannah is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in writing, directing and art direction. Susannah has 20 years experience in filmmaking. 

  • About

    Her feature film JELLY DOLLY was the winner of the Best Film Award at the British Council showcase in Berlin 2004 and is distributed by Cornerstone Media International.

    Susannah has also directed over 12 short films, many of which are festival award winners including 'Thread' (1994 Fuji Film Scholarship) winner of the Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival and 'Melvyn's Pencils' (1994 '10x10' series for BBC2) winner of the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. Other credits include 'Bedhead', and 'Planet Arse', both half hour dramas for C4.

    Alongside drama work, Susannah has made a number of experimental films including the Arts for Everyone, lottery-funded short 'Bun', made in collaboration with performance artist Lisa Watts, and the Regional Arts Board-funded short 'Blue Movie', both of which have enjoyed a festival circuit lifespan of over a decade.

    Script writing, film directing, experimental film, art direction, visual effects

  • Teaching

    Susannah is currently in production with an experimental film which explores the subject of hauntology

    Film and photography

    Film and media production

    Moving Image Production Skills: creative project realisation 

    Major Project Development 

    Major Project Production 

    Film making production and realisation

  • Research

    PhD – The Neuroscientific Uncanny: a filmic investigation of 21st century hauntology

    My research interests are focused around using film making and art practice as a method to explore approaches to representing the mind and the subjective experience. My PhD (in progress), entitled TheNeuroscientific Uncanny: a filmic investigation of twenty first century hauntology, takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining art and film with scientific survey, including fMRI, to study the uncanny. The supervisory team is Dr Sharon Kivland (DoS), Dean Summers, Chloë Brown and advisor and collaborator Dr Yael Benn of the University of Sheffield Cognitive Psychology department.

    I am a participating member of the SHU media arts walking research group, and have made a body of work and presented at the Where To? Steps Towards a Future of Walking Art conference at Falmouth University 2015.

    Other research areas include fine art taxidermy and poetry collaboration. I was artist in residence at Bank Street Arts during 2010 culminating in a solo exhibition. This body of work extended into a collaborative performance project Goat Boy and Other Journeys, with poets Fay Musselwhite, Lindalee Welsh and musician Michael Harding, showing at the Sheffield Poetry Festival and Off the Shelf International Literary Festival in 2011.

    As part of Engineering for Life, 2012, I participated in an interdisciplinary project Physiofun as a graphic designer in a team of researchers representing all Hallam research centres, working towards developing a games based physiotherapy system for children.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Gent, S. (2017). Exorcising Unhomely Street: filmic intuition and the representation of post-concussive syndrome. Journal for Artistic Research, 14. http://doi.org/10.22501/jar.285865

    Conference papers

    Gent, S. (2018). Unhomely Street: The unconscious and the city. In Moving Images - Static Spaces: Architecture, Art, Media, Film, Digital Art and Design, Altinbas University, Istanbul, 12 April 2018 - 13 April 2018. http://architecturemps.com/proceedings/

    Gent, S. (2016). The neuroscientific uncanny: an investigation into the limits of scientific method. In Wild or Domesticated: Uncanny in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives to Mind, Interdisciplinary conference, House of Science and Letters, Helsinki, Finland, 20 September 2016 - 22 September 2016.

    Gent, S. (2016). The wandering mind: a filmic investigation of the uncanny and the walking body. In Wild or Domesticated: Uncanny in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives to Mind, House of Science and Letters, University of Turku, Helsinki, Finland, 20 September 2016 - 22 September 2016.

    Gent, S. (2016). The voice of anxiety : affect through tone in filmic narration and voice-over. In Performance and performability: actualities and futures, Leeds Humanitied Research Institute, University of Leeds, 15 June 2016. http://www.fine-art.leeds.ac.uk/events/performance-and-performativity-actualities-and-futures/

    Gent, S. (2016). Methodological windows : a view of the uncannythrough filmmaking, psychoanalysis, and psychology. In METHOD: Ingenuity, Integration, Insight. 2016, Sheffield Hallam University, 12 May 2016.

    Reports

    Gent, S., & Kivland, S. (2015). Editions II, Removed from the Eyes. Sheffield: MA Bibliotheque.

    Gent, S. (2015). (re)collections: fragments for a retrospective film script for "Project SBSBI". Sheffield: Sheffield hallam University.

    Artefacts

    Gent, S., Parkin, M., Watson, A., Lee, J., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (n.d.). Solar. [Video works presented on an app]. https://www.shu.ac.uk/catalyst

    Exhibitions

    Gent, S., Watson, A., Lee, J., Wichert, P., Robinson, S., Robinson, A., ... Lazenby, M. (2018). Walk Out. [Video, photography, and sculpture]. Sheffield Institute for Art.

    Gent, S., Watson, A., Lee, J., Wichert, P., Robinson, S., Robinson, A., ... Lazenby, M. (2018). Walk Out. [Video, photography, and sculpture]. Sheffield Institute for Art.

    Media

    Gent, S. (2019). Haruspex: The birth and death of a spirit guide. [Video].

    Gent, S. (2017). Influence of Mars. [video]. http://susannahgent.weebly.com/

    Gent, S. (2016). Unhomely Street. [video].

    Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Showreel for Media Arts Walking Research Group. [DVD]. Sheffield Hallam University: http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/whereto

    Gent, S. (n.d.). Pregnant Pussy mash up. [VIDEO]. http://susannahgent.weebly.com/

    Gent, S., & Musselwhite, F. (n.d.). Taxidermy for beginners. [Video]. https://vimeo.com/74014681

    Gent, S., Hall, C., & Wright, R. (n.d.). Jelly Dolly feature film. [DVD]. Cornerstone Media International

    Presentations

    Gent, S. (2015). A 20x20 PK style presentation of art practice and scientific study as research methodology in the C3RI Method conference 2015. Presented at: METHOD: Ingenuity, Integration, Insight. 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, 2015

    Gent, S. (2015). 7 Walks. Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University

    Posters

    Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Poster for Media Arts Walking Research Group. Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 2015

    Other publications

    Watson, A., Lee, J., Parkin, M., Gent, S., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (2017). SOLAR - a walking app. Sheffield Hallam University Catalyst Fund

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