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Biography

At Coventry I lead research support and development in the School of Media and Performing Arts, working with researchers and research practitioners in media production, photography, theatre, music and dance. This includes developing research profiles and research grants, doctoral applications, and the supporting the staff to develop and enhance the research and practice they undertake in their duties at Coventry.

I learnt my trade in research development at Glasgow School of Art and Middlesex University, and have acted as a research application reviewer of photography, film and visual culture applications for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Australian Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I sit on the editorial board of Film-Philosophy (OHP).

Research:

  • Time and memory: My principle work has explored the potential for a new philosophy of time and memory in the photograph, based on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Henri Bergson. This work also followed the writing of Bruno Latour, Vilém Flusser and others in order to investigate memory in photography and new media. The research led my book Photography, Cinema, Memory (2009) and The State of the Real (2007, co-edited with Ray McKenzie and Susan Brind).
  • Creativity in cinema production: After developing an undergraduate short course on cinema design, I began to explore creative decision-making in the film industry. This research focused on production design and design-led approaches to creative industry studies, which was funded by the AHRC to conduct a project – ‘Form Follows Fiction’ – on design decisions in 1930s Hollywood, specifically the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical series. The research is influenced by Actor-Network theory and service design theory, and has led to publications and presentations in the US and the UK, including a contribution to Guy Julier and Liz Moor’s Design and Creativity: Policy, Management and Practice (2009), and in the Journal of Popular Film and Television (2015).
  • Photography – portraiture, authorship, process: After invitations to speak on philosophy and on photography practice, including The Athens Dialogues, I began to explore creative decision-making, tacit knowledge and authorship in photography practice and reception. This research is influenced by the writing of Alain Badiou, Bruno Latour and Nigel Thrift, and has engaged with both artistic and commercial practice. This has developed into twin projects – one looking at the masculinization of humanist photography, and another exploring our relationship to the photographic portrait before and after digital through the philosophy of Kant and Levinas.
  • Other writing: I have also written for scholarly texts, journals and magazines. This includes co-authoring the primer Deleuze Reframed with David Martin-Jones (Glasgow) as well as writing for Screen Methods (Wallflower, 2005), the encyclopedia Transatlantic Relations: France and the Americas, and the journals film-philosophy, Scope, Source, Visual Culture in Britain, and Screen. My research interests also include ethical consumption and popular culture, for which I received AHRC funding with my colleague Karen Wenell (Birmingham).

Area of Expertise:

  • Photography history and theory
  • Art and design history and theory
  • Film, cinema and television studies
  • Visual Arts and philosophy
  • Practice-led research
  • Research support

Research Interests

Film and television history; Visual culture – theory and practice; Cinema and television production studies; Photography history, theory and philosophy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Glasgow

MA, University of Southampton

Degree, De Montfort University

Keywords

  • TR Photography
  • Theory
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Culture
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • BH Aesthetics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Damian Sutton is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

cinema Social Sciences
cultural economy Social Sciences
Photography Arts & Humanities
creativity Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
Cinema Arts & Humanities
popular culture Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences

Research Output 2004 2018

The sublime as a mode of address in contemporary environmental photography

Sutton, D., 2018, Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime. Routledge, p. 176-188 13 p. (Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Set Design
Articulation
Leather
Dance
Hollywood

September 11 and the Memory of Media

Sutton, D., 2013, Philosophy, Method and Cultural Criticism. McIlwain, C. (ed.). New York: Hampton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Delay: Notes on Photography as Non-Representational Thinking

Sutton, D., 2012, Valokuvallisia todellisuuksia. Helsinki: Like Kustunnus

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Delay: Notes on Photography as Non-Representational Thinking

Sutton, D., 2012, Thinking Photography, Using Photography . Stockholm: Centrum för Fotografi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Photography

Activities 2002 2016

Application peer review

Damian Sutton (Reviewer)
2016

Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

Journal of Design History (Journal)

Damian Sutton (Peer Reviewer)
2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Resetting a scene: Articulation and the diagrammatic in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Damian Sutton (Invited speaker)
2014

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Application peer review

Damian Sutton (Member)
2014

Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding

Cinema by Design

Damian Sutton (Invited speaker)
2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk