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Ruth Novaczek is an artist and curator, she studied fine art film at St. Martins School of Art in London, and an MA in Fine Art, at Central St Martins in 2000. In 2015 she earned a practice-based PhD entitled ’21st Century Avant-Garde; New Vernaculars and Feminine Ecriture’ from the University of Westminster, London (UK) and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster. She has since been making film, performance and installation work that explores diaspora, gender, humour, sexuality, cinematic language and philosophy.
Using found footage, aphorism and live action the films are diasporic stand-up, feminist mash-ups, poetic, irreverent musings. She has been a DJ and played in bands, and applies an eclectic musical compositional element to her work. She received an Arts Council of England award for her film ‘Philosopher Queen’ and has had solo shows at the New York Kunsthalle, Arsenal, Berlin, and the BFI Southbank, London.
She curated a selection of films at Catalyst Arts Belfast. Living and working in the UK, the US and the Middle East, she has been a guest, and visiting lecturer at art schools and universities in the UK, teaching film theory, world cinema and film practice.
She was Dartington Arts (UK) artist in residence in 2002, and has published three collections of her films on DVD.
Her DVD publication Radio includes an introductory essay by Chris Kraus, and Denah Johnston, reviewing her recent film The New World called her ‘the Patti Smith of film’. She is currently working on an expanded film project casting artists and poets as fictional characters, and writing an experimental novel. Her work is featured in the recommended viewing section of Chris Kraus’ new book ‘Akademie X: Lessons and Tutors in Art’ which was published in February 2015 by Phaidon Press.