Dr Anya Lewin

Dr Anya Lewin

Associate Professor (Reader) in Art and Moving Image

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Associate Professor (Reader) in Art and Moving Image
Programme Leader MA Contemporary Art Practice
Research Area Lead (Art)
Anya Lewin is an American artist, educator and researcher based in the UK. Prior to working in academia, she had jobs in diverse fields ranging from shepherding (she never lost a sheep) to robotics (sorting robot parts in a basement) to art and community education. 
She has a PhD (practice based) from Dartington College of Art and an MA in Arts and Humanities as well as an MA in English from SUNY at Buffalo where she studied poetics with Charles Bernstein, Robert Creeley and Susan Howe and Media Art with Tony Conrad. She has been the recipient of three Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and several international residencies. Her works, both individual and collaborative, have been exhibited and screened in such places as Beijing, Bristol, Bulgaria, Cuba,Los Angeles, Plymouth, Siberia, Belfast, New York, San Francisco, Southampton and London. 
Her projects often reflect her own personal history, which includes stories of immigration, translations from multiple languages, and fictional connections to real events. www.imadeitup.info


Dartington College of Arts, PhD In Fine Art (Contemporary Practices), 
Thesis Title: Performing a Practice: Narrative • Translation • Live Installation • Urban Intervention 2006
State University of New York at Buffalo, Master of Art in English, 2000. 
State University of New York at Buffalo, Master of Art in Humanities (Media Studies and Poetics), 1997. 
University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts-(Film and Video) 1990.

Roles on external bodies

AHRC Peer Review College 2017 - 2023


Teaching interests

Moving image 
Narrative in artist film 
Participatory practice
Performance (particularly to camera)
Approaches to Artistic Research

Staff serving as external examiners

BA Fine Art (Hons) Cardiff Metropolitan University


Research interests

Moving Image Practices in the Cinema and Gallery • Constructions of Narrative i(from artist film to web series) • Artistic Research • 

Research groups

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

James Brown, PhD, Peter Fuller, Modern Painters and the Sensation exhibition. 2018 DOS
Steven Paige, PhD, Meeting the Archive Through an Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice 2019 2nd Supervisor
Beth Emily Richards, PhD, "Poor Copy": Fan Practices and Producerly Art Making 2020 2nd Supervisor
Veronica Fazzio, PhD, Social Sculpture: A Plastic Process of Mutual Transformation 2020 DOS
Luisa Greenfield, PhD, "The Disquieting Image: Retracing the filmmaking of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub" 2022 DOS
Emilio Chapela, PhD, "An Earthly Response to Movement: Moving images diffracted through New Materialism" 2022 DOS
Raul Alvarez Barcelona,  PhD, ‘Film Here Now: Daily Filmmaking and the Path to Well-being" 2023 DOS

Grants & contracts

2016 Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England for Fez:The Royal scent 2012 Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England for Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip
2007 Grants For the Arts, Arts Council England for With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment
At Home in Europe, three-month residency at InterSpace, Sofia, Bulgaria
2006 Small Wonders, Picture This Bristol
2004 PVA Media Lab LabCulture Residency at Vivid in Birmingham 
Artist-to-Artist International scheme. Henry Moore and Visiting Arts grant to develop projects with Croation artist Maja Kalogera. 
2003> NY ARTWORKS! Artist Bursary and Residency at CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY 
2001 Best Folklore Experiment for Grandma Baba and Little Boris from The Festival of Actual Kino, Novosibirsk, Russia 
2000 Performance Writing Artist in Resident, Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England 
1995 Pittsburgh Filmmakers Grant for the Emerging Artist

Creative practice & artistic projects

2019 More Than Stories: A film Trilogy, John Hansard Gallery, South Hampton, UK 
2013 Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth, UK
2011 E-Poetry, International Digital Language Media Arts Festival, Buffalo, NY, screening of How to be European Lesson 2 
2009 DA Festival, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment, Picture This Atelier, Bristol and Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2007 At Home in Europe, Book and DVD, commissioned by InterSpace, funded by European Commission Culture 2000 Fund via At Home in Europe
2006 Art and Activism, Mejan Labs, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Blurr5 Biennial for Performance Art, Center for Conetmporary art, Tel Aviv, Israael
STAR RADIO - commission to develop a radio programme www.starradio.org.uk 
2004 Writing Space. Curators: Phillip Warnell, Sean Watkins, and Claire MacDonald, Fine Art Gallery, George Mason University, Washington D.C., USA
VIDEOMEDEJA 8th International Video Festival, October 1-3, The Museum of Voivodina, Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro. Catalogue. 
2003 Out Video International video art festival in public places, National Center for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Catalogue.
Text 04 Festival of Writers and New Writing, Pheonix Arts Centre, Exeter, England 
CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY. The White Bear and other Unwanted Thoughts, collaboration with Lara Odell. Installation commissioned for windows on Main Street.
Taxi Gallery, Cambridge, UK Taxi Noir Slap Red a site-specific video installation. http://www.taxigallery.org.uk 
HUMO (Huge and Mobile images) with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Brain Massumi. Based at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. Created images which were projected on a large scale around the environs of Linz. Catalogue. 
2002 Fix02 Biennial Festival of Performance Art, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Catalogue. http://www.catalystarts.org/fix02/ 


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

More Than Stories, Gordian Press,

With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment, Ed. Anthony Caleshu, Short Fiction, Volume 2 Fall 2008

Economising Culture Ed. with Joasia Krysa and Geoff Cox. First of a series of critical readers (DATA browser) on digital art and technology. Autonomedia 2005. www.data-browser.net

Abandoned Silos, with John Levack Drever, Ed. Rhama Kazam, Earshot Time and Visibility II: Essays on Sound and Architecture, December 2003.

Trans-e-lation by the Tran-satlantic Journey, Eds. Ric Allsopp and Caroline Bergvall, Performance Research, Vol. 7 No. 2, Summer 2002

Infinite Fracture , a web essay, Ed. Ann Vickery, How2, Vol. 1 no.5, March 2001 http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/stadler_center/how2/intro.html

Things Do not Connect; They Correspond, Guest Ed. Chris Alexander, Jacket # 7, April 1999, http://www.jacket.zip.com.au/jacket07/index.html

I Saw King Kong at the Grain Elevators in Buffalo, NY, “The CEPA Journal Special Issue: Ruins in Reverse Time and Progress in Contemporary Art”, Ed. Grant Kester, Winter/Spring 1999.

Lewin A (2002) 'Trans-e-lation by the Trans-atlantic Journey' Performance Research 7, (2) 52-57 , DOI
Lewin A; Parker K (2020) Gallery in the Cinema. Plymouth University of Plymouth Open access
Lewin A (2019) More Than Stories. Gordian Projects
Cox G; Krysa J; Lewin A (2004) Economising Culture: On 'The (Digital) Culture Industry'. Autonomedia DATA browser Author Site Publisher Site
Lewin A 'With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment' Short Fiction
Conference Papers
Lewin A, Morstang H, Parker K & Sealey J (2013) 'Unfolding Narrative (from middles to beginnings to endless loops)' film art symposium Plymouth University 5-/-0/20135-/-0/2013
Lewin A (2012) 'The Problem of the Hard Bench' Exhibiting Video Westminster University, London 3-/-0/20123-/-0/2012
Lewin A (2009) 'With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment (The Necessity of Imaginative Acts)' Mediated Memories Sussex University 7-/-0/20097-/-0/2009
Chez Paulette on Sunset Strip. Peninsual Arts Gallery, Plymouth UK 27/04/20131
How to Be European. E-Poetry 2011 International Digital Language/Media/Arts Festival 18/05/20111
Institute of Bureaucracy. National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria 26/10/20092
With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment. Picture This Atelier and Chapter Arts Center 03/05/20081
With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment. Picture This Atelier 03/05/20081
Art and Activism. Mejan Labs, Stockholm, Sweden 31/08/20061
More Than Stories: A Film Trilogy. John Hansard Gallery 16/02/20193
Presentations and posters
Lewin A Lewin A 'Seminar "Artists Film and Narrative"'
Dr. Olsen D Dr. Olsen D 'Two day workshop "Poetics of Critical Writing" as part of the International Conference on Artistic Research'
Lewin A Lewin A 'Workshop for 9th SAR International Conference for Artistic Research: Artistic Research Will Eat Itself'
Other Publications
Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip.
Fez: The Royal Scent.


Reports & invited lectures

2018 Co-delivered and co-designed 3 day Research/PhD Workshop for 9th SAR International Conference for Artistic Research: Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, http://www.sarconference2018.net
2016 Delivered Seminar "Artists Film and Narrative" as part of Lux Cornwall 
Co-Delivered with Dr Dell Olsen two day workshop "Poetics of Critical Writing" as part of the International Conference on Artistic Research 
2015 Avanca International Conference Cinema, art, Technology, Communication, Avanca Portugal. Presentation: The Archive and Imaginative Acts 
2013 Kunsthal Aarhus, Demark, Artist Talk and Screening
2012 Exhibiting Video Conference, University of Westminster Presentation : The Problem of the Hard Bench
Montana State University,Bozeman, MT, USA Artist Talk
Portland State University, Portland, USA, Artist Talk
York St Johns, York, Artist Talk
2009 Journal of Media Practice 10th Anniversary Conference
Presentation: With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment.(The Necessity of Imaginative Acts)
Everybody Hates a Tourist, Cadaval, Portugal
2008 Cardiff School of Art and Design, Artist Talk
2007 Arnolfini, Bristol, Artist Talk
National Academy of Art, Sofia, Artist Talk
Art and Ethics: What Action Should be Taken, colloquium with Gustav Metzger, Dartington College of Art
2006 Steel Cities: Tradition, Transition and Transformation, University of Sheffield. Presentation: Working Steel 
2005 Dartington College of Art, Urban Media and Intervention 
INTERFACING: Theory and Practice Conference, Mistranslation as a Mode: Subtitles as a Third Text, 
2003 SUNY at Buffalo, Department of Art, part of the Visual Studies Speakers Series. <</html>

Conferences organised

2018 9th SAR International Conference for Artistic Research: Artistic Research Will Eat Itself, University of Plymouth, UK Co-organiser http://www.sarconference2018.net
2016 SAR International Conference for Artistic Research: Writing, a two day symposium at the Royal Conservatoite and Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Co-organiser http://www.sarconference2016.net
2014 Artists and Film: Autonomy & Industry, a one day Symposium at Plymouth University, co-organizer with Visual Arts South West, River Tamar Project 2013 Unfolding Narrative: Middles, Beginnings and Endless Loops a two day Symposium at Plymouth University, co-organizer with Heidi Morstang, Kayla Parker and Dr John Sealey
2011 (with Dr Geoff Cox and Dr Joasia Krysa) Reclaiming Criticality: Digital Cultures and Social Tensions in Precarious Times (finale conference for the British Art Show 7)

2010 (with Professor Malcolm Miles and Dr Joasia Krysa) Aesthetics in a Time of Emergency: Beyond the Relational Aesthetic Paradigm
2007 Social Hacking, a Kurator project, a series of commissions for Plymouth, UK focusing on computing and physical spaces.
2003 Another Cinema: Screening the True Independents A series of film, video, and multimedia screenings at Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, UK, including Alia Syed, Darrin Martin, Miranda July, and Socket.
2002 Co-organizer with Joasia Krysa (University of Plymouth) of Hybrid Discourse, a program of guest lectures examining the impact of the latest digital media on the concept of Culture Industry. www.i-dat.org/projects/hybbrid