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Julian Ross

Assistant Professor

Dr. J.A. Ross
+31 71 527 2358

Julian Ross is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Artists’ moving image
  • Experimental film
  • Asian cinema
  • Contemporary cinema
  • Intermediality
  • Film installation and performance
  • Video Art
  • Media Archaeology
  • World cinema


My ongoing research on Japanese expanded cinema in the 1960-70s began with my PhD dissertation ‘Beyond the Frame: Intermedia and Expanded Cinema in 1960-70s Japan’, supervised by Professor Lúcia Nagib at the University of Leeds. Since, it has led to several projects: a 2016 film and performance series Throwing Shadows for Tate Modern and International Film Festival Rotterdam, co-curated with Go Hirasawa; the 2017 group exhibition Japanese Expanded Cinema Revisited at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, for which I was curatorial advisor; group exhibition More Than Cinema: Motoharu Jonouchi and Keiichi Tanaami at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, co-curated with Ann Adachi-Tasch and Go Hirasawa in 2020; and the book Japanese Expanded Cinema and Intermedia: Critical Texts of the 1960s (Archive Books, 2020) co-edited with Ann Adachi-Tasch and Go Hirasawa. With funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, Collaborative Cataloging Japan, a non-profit organisation for which I am Core Research Member, initiated collection surveys and preservation projects for works of Japanese expanded cinema. My research on Japanese expanded cinema is a historical study that proposes to not only internationalise the study of expanded cinema but also to consider the local critical discourse of the period as a contribution.

As part of my Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2015-18), I researched how the carousel slide projector has been used by contemporary artists internationally since Kodak terminated its production in 2004. The research project culminated in the 2019 group exhibition Blackout, which was presented at Kunsthal Rotterdam as part of International Film Festival Rotterdam, after which it was presented in Ambika P3 (London) and Greylight Projects (Brussels). The project questions to what extent the industry determines the lifespan of a technological apparatus and, again, calls for the internationalisation of the study.

In 2018-19, I was Research Associate for Professor May Adadol Ingawanij’s British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship research project Animistic Apparatus. As part of this project, we co-organised the following: a research workshop in Udon Thani, Thailand, with 40 artists, curators and researchers; screenings at Alliance Française Bangkok, Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival (London), Rijksacademie (Amsterdam) and Nordland Kunst- og Filmfagskole (Kabelvåg, Norway); and a group exhibition as part of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

I’m co-editor of the World Cinema Series (Bloomsbury) with Lúcia Nagib since 2016 and I’m on the advisory board for the book series Experimental Film and Artists’ Moving Image (Palgrave MacMillan). Previously, I have been on the selection committees of Asia Cultural Centre Cinema Fund (2020), Hubert Bals Fund (2017-) and Eye Experimental distribution of Eye International (2017) and have served on several juries at film festivals. For more details on my written work and research presentations, please see: www.rossjulian.com

Curatorial activities

I’m a Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam, member of selection committee at Locarno Film Festival and film curator at Other Futures. My curatorial projects have been presented at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthal Rotterdam, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Eye Filmmuseum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Anthology Film Archives, Harvard Film Archives, British Film Institute, Light Industry and other places. In 2019, I was selected as one of thirty “Future Leaders” in film programming and curating by Screen International.
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As Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam, I’m responsible for feature films from Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia and I co-programme the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition and the Short & Mid-Length section. In the 2020 edition, I co-coordinated IFFR Sessions – a discursive 5-day workshop at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art –– and the Bright Future Competition for debut features. In 2019, I curated the exhibition Blackout at Kunsthal Rotterdam, which was also presented at Ambika P3 (London) and Greylight Projects (Brussels). In 2017, I curated the exhibition Norio Imai – Severed Film / Jointed Film, which was also presented as an installation at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts. As part of the festival, I have programmed retrospectives of Cauleen Smith, Masao Adachi, Basim Magdy, Su Hui-yu and Norio Imai.

Since 2018, I’m also a member of the selection committee at Locarno Film Festival where I co-programmed the festival sections Concorso Internazionale, Cineasti del presenti, Moving Ahead and Fuori Concorso.

Grants and awards

2015-18         Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (University of Westminster)

2012-13         Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (Meiji Gakuin University)

2009-12         White Rose Research Studentship (University of Leeds)

2011               Worldwide Universities Network: Research Mobility Grant (University of Sydney)

Other grants:

2019               Purin Picture Grant (for Animistic Apparatus)

2018-19         British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (for May Adadol Ingawanij)

                        Research Associate (University of Westminster)

2017-18         Andy Warhol Foundation Grant (for Collaborative Cataloging Japan)
2015-16         Japan Foundation Films Showing Abroad Grant

2011               Japan Foundation Intellectual Exchange Conference Grant

2011               Japan Foundation Films Showing Abroad Grant

Past Teaching & Education

2015-19         Research Fellow, University of Westminster

2009-14         PhD, University of Leeds

2006-09         BA, Queen Mary University of London

I have given guest classes and tutorials at Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, SOAS University of London, Central St. Martins University of the Arts London, American University of Paris and University of Reading.

I joined Leiden University in 2019.

Teaching activities (2020-21)

  • Curating Film and Video (MA)
  • Cinema: Avant-garde (BA)
  • Third Cinema (BA)
  • TV Series (BA)
  • World Cinema (BA)

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Literatuurwetenschap

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B1.02



  • Other Futures Film curator
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