Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes MA, BSc (Hons), MInstP, FHEA, FRSA

Head of International

Biography

After completing a physics degree, I spent two decades as a director in film and television before redirecting my practice towards visual art.

I work with still and moving images, sound and light to harness and examine the gestures and actions of the human body, face and voice. I am interested in investigating the essential aesthetic properties of these media, and in developing new, non-narrative audio-visual grammars. I have exhibited in galleries and other spaces in the UK, continental Europe and across Asia, and have been invited to speak about my work in universities, conferences and public events around the world.

I joined Edinburgh Napier in 2006 as lecturer in film directing and subsequently ran three post-graduate courses in the moving image. At the same time I worked on and developed international collaborations with art colleges, film schools and universities around the world.

Over the years I have successfully raised hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding: for project development and production prior to my arrival at the University and for scholarly activities since then.

Since 2015 I have headed up international partnerships, collaborations and recruitment for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

Research Areas

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Harnessing the Obsolete in Contemporary Art at Technology and Tradition conference, Futureworks, Manchester, UK
  • Self Portrait in the Form of a Geometric Net by Paul Holmes at Progressive Connexions: Storytelling and the Body, Lisbon, Portugal
  • "Figure Study in Light by Paul Holmes" at Progressive Connexions: Storytelling and the Body, Verona, Italy
  • "Storm Piece - a sound work by Paul Holmes" online In Media Res: Sound week
  • "One and Three Discs (After Kosuth)" at DHRA: Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage, St James's Cavalier, Valetta, Malta
  • "Temporal Sculptures: Beyond Narrative in the Moving Image" at Troubling Time: An Expoloration of Temporality in the Arts, The University of Manchester, UK
  • "Gastric Tones: A Study in Sound" at Cumulus 2017, Shrishti Academy, Bangalore, India
  • "Uncovering Music through Silence: Outside the Box" by Paul Holmes at Azimuth Sound/Image, CCA, Glasgow, UK

 

External Examining/Validations

  • BA (Hons) Digital Film Production, University of Suffolk
  • MSc Emerging Media, Dublin City University
  • BA Film Production, University of Chichester
  • BA (Hons) Film Production, The Northern Film School.
  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking and Creative Media, University of the West of England.
  • BA (Hons) Media Production, Northumbria University.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations Senior Research Fellowship award for "Memory's Journey"
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

 

Invited Speaker

  • “Video Art as a Tool of Aesthetic Investigation” Keynote at the International Forum on Cross Media Art and Design, Shanghai, China
  • Video Art as a Sculptural Form: An Aesthetic Investigation Through Practice: FICUNAM International Film Festival
  • "Performance in Motion - video works by Paul Holmes" at British Council GREAT SCOTLAND rally Mumbai
  • "Performance in Motion - video works by Paul Holmes" at British Council GREAT SCOTLAND rally Delhi
  • "Performance in Motion - video works by Paul Holmes" at British Council GREAT SCOTLAND rally Bangalore

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Institute of Physics (MINSTP)

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting lecturer Shanghai Film Art Academy
  • Visiting lecturer La Universidad de la Comunicacion
  • Visiting lecturer, Zhongkai University
  • Visiting lecturer, Shanghai University of Engineering Science
  • Visiting lecturer, Amity University, Kolkata
  • Visiting lecturer, North University of China
  • Visiting lecturer, Kala Bhavan
  • Visiting lecturer, University of Calcutta
  • Visiting tutor, National Film School of Ireland
  • Visiting tutor, Aalto
  • Visiting lecturer, Shanghai Normal University
  • Visiting lecturer, Amity University, Jaipur
  • Visiting tutor, Engage European film co-production lab

 

Date


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Video Art as a Tool of Aesthetic Investigation

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, P. (2019, October)
Video Art as a Tool of Aesthetic Investigation. Presented at International Forum on Cross Media Art and Design, Shanghai University of Engineering Science
Holmes, P. (2019, October). Video Art as a Tool of Aesthetic Investigation. Presented at International Forum on Cross Media Art and Design, Shanghai University of Engineering ...

Figure Study in Light [LED tube installation]

Physical Artefact
Holmes, P. (2020)
Figure Study in Light [LED tube installation]. [Light sculpture]. UK
To make this artwork, the artist will be measured by a tailor as if for a suit of clothes. These dimensions will then be translated into an installation of LED tubes suspende...

One and Three Discs (after Kosuth)

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, P. (2018, September)
One and Three Discs (after Kosuth). Presented at Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage
It is over 50 years since Joseph Kosuth’s conceptual work One and Three Chairs (1965) challenged its viewer to locate the “real” by choosing between an object & its visual or ...

One and Three Discs (after Kosuth)

Physical Artefact
Holmes, P. One and Three Discs (after Kosuth)

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Holmes, P. One and Three Discs (after Kosuth
Super 8 film, DVD, audio recording, screen, speaker It is over 50 years since Joseph Kosuth’s conceptual work One and Three Chairs challenged its viewer to locate the “real” ...

Time Machine. In Simply Beaming

Exhibition / Performance
Holmes, P. Time Machine. In Simply Beaming. Exhibited at HOPE, Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan. 14 June 2018 - 15 June 2018. (Unpublished)

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Holmes, P. Time Machine. In Simply Beaming. Exhibited at HOPE, Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan. 14 June 2018 - 15 June 2018. (Unpublished
This group exhibition of moving image works from members of the artist-run Edinburgh gallery, Embassy, toured venues across Japan and included video work "Time Machine". Cura...

Video Art as a Sculptural Form: An aesthetic investigation through practice

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, P. (2018, March)
Video Art as a Sculptural Form: An aesthetic investigation through practice. Presented at FICUNAM International Film Festival
The artist examines his practice from the past decade and the discoveries he has made about the sculptural nature of the form through his work. http://www.ficunam.unam.mx/9-d...

Gastric Tones. In Response Installations and New Media

Exhibition / Performance
Holmes, P. Gastric Tones. In Response Installations and New Media. Exhibited at Gem Cinema, Entally, Kolkata, India. 28 January 2018 - 28 February 2018. (Unpublished)

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Holmes, P. Gastric Tones. In Response Installations and New Media. Exhibited at Gem Cinema, Entally, Kolkata, India. 28 January 2018 - 28 February 2018. (Unpublished
A group show as part of CIMA Gallery's 25 year celebrations, featured sound installation "Gastric Tones". Curated by Manas Acharya.

Various works. In Films by Paul Holmes (solo programme)

Exhibition / Performance
Holmes, P. Various works. In Films by Paul Holmes (solo programme)
Exhibited at Theatre for Experiments in New Technologies, Kolkata, India. 10 December 2017. (Unpublished
A retrospective programme of film works: "These Measures are for Your Protection", "The Persistence of Vision" and "Time Machine", screening as part of the Little Cinema Inter...

Gastric Tones [audio installation]

Digital Artefact
Holmes, P. (2017)
Gastric Tones [audio installation]. [Gallery exhibition]
Audio recording and acrylic speakers. In his previous sound works, Paul Holmes has captured and transformed recordings of the human voice; this is the first piece that makes ...

Gastric Tones: A Study in Sound

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, P. (2017, November)
Gastric Tones: A Study in Sound. Presented at Cumulus conference Bengaluru 2017 – Letters to the Future
In this sound installation, the artist plays back stomach noises recorded before and after a meal, at 1/100th of their normal speed. Douglas Gordon discovered hidden performa...