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Jocelyn Cammack

PhD Work

My research focuses on the discrepancies and correspondences between what we see and what we think we see when viewing images that are not readily resolvable into a single, reliable interpretation. As a filmmaker, my interest is in the potential use of visual / optical cinematic devices to provoke a state of uncertainty in the viewer, from which to sub-sequently direct their experience. The particular phenomenon of ‘seeing-as’ — a form of imaginative perception — is invest-igated from both a phenomenological and a neurological perspective, partly through an MRI study in collaboration with the Department of Visual Neuroscience at Imperial College London.


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  • Jocelyn Cammack
  • PhD

    School

    School of Communication

    Programme

    Visual Communication, 2011–

  • My research focuses on the discrepancies and correspondences between what we see and what we think we see when viewing images that are not readily resolvable into a single, reliable interpretation. As a filmmaker, my interest is in the potential use of visual / optical cinematic devices to provoke a state of uncertainty in the viewer, from which to sub-sequently direct their experience. The particular phenomenon of ‘seeing-as’ — a form of imaginative perception — is invest-igated from both a phenomenological and a neurological perspective, partly through an MRI study in collaboration with the Department of Visual Neuroscience at Imperial College London.


  • Degrees

  • BSc (Hons), Physiology and Zoology, University of Sheffield, 1982; MA, Film Direction, Leeds Metropolitan University, 1998
  • Experience

  • Director/filmmaker, BBC, Channel 4, Arté, ACE, 1998-present; Director/co-prodcuer, Redbird Productions for BBC, London, 2008-9; Visiting lecturer (film and film production), Sheffield Hallam Unversity, Kingston University, 2005-present
  • Exhibitions

  • AFI-Discovery Silverdocs Documentary Festival, Washington DC, USA, 2009; Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver, 2010; Femina International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, 2010
  • Awards

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council Scholarship, 2007-9; The Wellcome Trust Broadcast Development Award, 2009; Grand prize, Best Film, Femina Internatinal Film Festival, Brazil, 2010