Dr Claire M. Holdsworth

Early Career Research Fellow

An archivist and researcher, Holdsworth specialises in British artists’ moving image.


By considering the voice and authorship her work investigates narratives and narration – ‘aural’ histories and the voice – exploring sound, the archive and historiography. Recent research mines intersections between experimental sounds, films and videos of the 1970s and 1980s using archives and interviews, with projects/writings often extending to the archive, feminist theory and social collectives. Parallel research interests include kinetic art, the artists Stefan and Franciscka Themerson, computer art and media theory. As a researcher interested in sound and discussion she organises events and when based in the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins (UAL) during her AHRC funded PhD, co-organised the symposium ‘Writing Histories of the Moving Image’ (CSM, 2015). Holdsworth has written for Vertigo, the anthology Other Cinemas (ed. Clayton and Mulvey, May 2017) and the Moving Image Review and Art Journal.