Michael Hrebeniak is College Lecturer in English at Magdalene, Lecturer in Film Poetics at UCL and Founder/Convenor of an experimental HE project, the New School of the Anthropocene, in collaboration with October Gallery in Bloomsbury. His 70-minute film-poem, Stirbitch: An Imaginary, was premiered by the Heong Gallery in December 2019, and his accompanying essay on cinematic representations of urban space and cultural memory erasure was published in Cinematic Urban Geographies (2017). Before arriving at Cambridge he worked as an arts documentary producer and researcher for Channel 4 TV. Recent publications include chapters in edited collections on ecopoetics, photography, televisual representations of the everyday, the 1968 uprisings and jazz writing. His concern with interdisciplinarity informed his first monograph, Action Writing: Jack Kerouac’s Wild Form, which located Beat writing within the contemporary milieu of painting, music and radical politics. He chaired the English Faculty’s Visual Culture Subject Group Committee between 2011 and 2015, and has supervised and examined many dissertations for the Film and Screen Studies MPhil. He is currently working on a new film about the turbocapitalist development of Nine Elms on banks of the Thames. He was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year to support research for his new book, Bottled Neon, on the documentary poetics of the BBC Arena strand, which will be published by the BFI in 2024.
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