Samuel Stevens is an artist filmmaker, researcher and lecturer at the University of Westminster. Samuel acquired a PhD, titled Transformative Realism: Political Avant-Garde and Contemporary Fine Art Film, at Westminster in 2016 and an MA Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2005.
Current research projects include a long running research into the British FIlm and Photo League of the 1930s. This research is orientated towards a fim and series of exhibitions and screenings and is supported by the Arts Foundation of which Samuel is a Fellow. Samuel is also researching the Video Workshop movement for which he is developing a film on the Newcastle based group Trade FIlms, with the suuport of Tyneside Cinema and the North East Film Archive.
Stevens' films have been supported, exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally at exhibitions and events such as: ESSAY FILM NOW!, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2017, Lo Inconmensurable, Una Idea de Europa, Centro Centro, Madrid, 2016, OVNI desrealitat, CCCB, Barcelona, 2011, Cineact, Gate Cinema/Serpentine Gallery, 2010, Transmission Interrupted, MAO, Oxford, 2009, The Third Guangzhoa Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, 2008 and the Istanbul Biennial, 2007.
I currently teach across Contemporary Media Practice and Illustration and Visual Communication at Westminster University. Within Contemporary Media Practice I teach both practical and theory modules that focus on the boundaries of contemporary media forms such as film, sound and digital imaging. I also teach on core Contemporary Media Theory and Visual Communication Theory and through these modules explore the connection between theory and practice with the students. Within these disciplines I am interested in the critique of contemporary image based media and focus on providing the students with tool for critique and deconstruction that may be applied to their own practical work. Across all fields in teaching I am interested in the development of creativity within a critical context.