Birgitta Hosea

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In 'Expanded Animation and Other Queer Goings On', Birgitta talks about her work as part of her inaugural professorial lecture at the University for the Creative Arts:


Birgitta Hosea is a Scottish/Swedish artist and curator based in London. A key concern of her practice is to extend drawing into both time and space. She works with time-based media - expanded animation, experimental drawing and live performance - to create durational images, embodied events, experiential installations and short films that expand the concept of the moving image out of the screen and into the present moment. Her work is often research-based and explores issues around identity, gender and sexuality.

Currently Professor of Moving Image and Director of the Animation Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, she was previously Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art and prior to that at Central Saint Martins, where she completed a practice-based PhD in animation as a form of performance.

Her most recent exhibitions include ASIFAKEIL, Vienna; National Gallery X, London; Venice & Karachi Biennales; Oaxaca & Chengdu Museums of Contemporary Art; Hanmi Gallery, Seoul; Centre for Recent Drawing, London and Guizhou Provincial Museum, China. Her work is included in the Tate Britain and Centre d’Arte Contemporain, Paris, archives.

She has been received a number of awards, grants and residencies including an Adobe Impact Award, a MAMA Award for Holographic Arts and an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts. Having written publications on drawing, performance and experimental animation, her most recent book is Performance Drawing: New Practices Since 1945 (Bloomsbury, 2020) co-written with Maryclare FoĆ”, Jane Grisewood and Carali McCall.


2012  PhD, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, title: “Substitutive bodies and constructed actors: a practice-based investigation of animation as performance”. Download PhD thesis from UAL Research Repository.
1999   MA Computer Imaging and Animation, Sir John Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University
1997 Computing and Fine Art access course, Tower Hamlets College of Further Education
1987 Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Design, Glasgow School of Art
1986 MA (Hons) Drama, Film and TV Studies, University of Glasgow