Dr Lewis Paul, Senior Lecturer

Dr Lewis Paul

Senior Lecturer

Lewis Paul joined the Film School in 2000, having worked both as an artist film maker and commercially. Lewis led the development of the undergraduate BA within the school alongside the already established MA programme. Lewis has established practice research Filmmaking PhD’s in the NFS.

Lewis is Co-Director of the Professional Doctorate in Creative Arts in the wider LSA. On the BA Filmmaking Lewis teaches Experimental Film and leads the specialist Filmmaking Dissertation.

His Doctoral research was completed in 2014 with the conclusion of a Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London. Lewis produces films, photographic work and sculptural objects that consider a broad historical relationship between class (working men), family and forms of representation, resulting in work that has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally.

Lewis is interested in the ways we gather, reflect, develop and tell stories, creative narrative intersections and illusions and treasure material objects as contributors to social and subjective memory. His skills encompass, editing and compositing, camera, sound recording, tailoring and sewing, costume and making fabric objects.

Prior to joining the Northern Film School Lewis completed the influential ’Electronic Imaging’ Postgraduate Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, in 1999 and a BA (hons) Mixed Media Art at The University of Westminster in 1996. Lewis is also a qualified aeronautical engineer.

Selected examples of exhibitions, commissions and symposiums. Making, making research, Leeds College of Art, film:

  • Little Pink Bush, (2017)
  • ‘25’ Westminster, film: Dirty Bottom, (2015)
  • ‘One Way or Another II’, Aberdeen, Scotland, (2013)
  • ‘Directional Forces’, Artoll, Germany (2012)
  • ‘Concretum’ Dilston Grove, London (2011)
  • ‘Sensory Urbanism Conference’, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, (2007)
  • ‘Open 24hours’, DNerve lab, Museum Night, Amsterdam (2003)
  • European media art festival Osnabruck (film work) Selected program (2000)
  • ‘Millennial Minutes’ Miniature Film and video. (Film work) touring show, Scotland and UK (2000)
  • ‘Documentary Evidence, (we are not your audience)’ Babel digital arts project, commissioned by Lighthouse Brighton, and Southeast Arts. 35mm film portraits, screened before main features on 4 screens at the Odeon Hastings July to August 2002. (2001-2002).

Current Teaching

  • Professional Doctorate in Creative Arts
  • BA Filmmaking Experimental Film
  • BA Filmmaking Dissertation

Research Interests

Lewis Paul’s Doctoral research was completed in 2014 with the conclusion of a Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London. The practice based thesis was titled Story, Narrative, Material. This practice based research explores the interaction between story, narrative, material, and related concepts, and considers the position of lyrical discourse as an artist’s strategy in considering autobiographical identity as a reclaimed space, the boundaries of which are adoption and sexuality.

Conceptually, Lewis’ research is informed by a matrix of boundary points, for example: masculine identity and gender politics, (concepts that relate to the working man such as class, craft skill, visual identity, sartorial codes and conventions) and on an experiential level, genetic and learned behaviour as considered through the nature and nurture debates concerning adoption. Lewis is interested in the ways we gather, reflect, develop and tell stories, creative narrative intersections and illusions and treasure material objects as contributors to social and subjective memory.

Lewis’ research is situated in film and art based practice and is informed by historical notions of visual narrative, cinematic form and visual perception, relating to possible functions of synchronic and diachronic structures and their potential relationships to the study of representation, perception and concepts of pathos.

 
Dr Lewis Paul, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Paul L (2017) The Importance of personal narratives in making research. In: LARC Leeds Art Research Centre, 5 July 2017, Leeds Beckett University.

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  • Paul L (2016) Embodied space, A very Queer boy: Adoption and Gay identity as politicised motivators in the role of the grown-up artist. In: Embodied Methodologies: The fourth annual Practice-based Research Conference, hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London., 4 November 2016 - 5 November 2016, Royal Holloway, University of London, Bedford Square, London.

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  • Paul L (2015) The Importance of the personal narrative in research: overview and case study: CINAGE. In: Research in Film Schools - GEECT, 15 April 2015 - 17 April 2015, La FEMIS, Paris, FRANCE.

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