Dr. Catherine Lord is a creative writer, theatre maker and an actor; recently, she has worked in films made for museums. Between 2016 and 2021, she has colloborated with the filmmaker and visual artist Michelle Williams Gamaker; two of the collobrations The Eternal Return (2019/2020) and The Fruit is there to be Eaten (2017/2018) won the London Film 2020 Derek Jarman award.
Catherine Lord's themes as a writer and director, focus on "more-than-human" theatre. As a writer and humanities scholar, she specialises in envirionmental humanities, as well as the ecology and politics of the UK. As a lecturer in eco-cinema and literary studies, she has tutored a wide range of creative projects: plays, dramatic writing, films. She participated in one of the Royal Court Playwrighting Programmes in February and March 2017. Her theatre piece "All Things Bright and Beautiful," a political piece about the nineteenth century British 'rust belt' and slavery, was part of Blink Theatre Company's series, Respone. Her recent practice-based projects include Trapped at the Cockpit theatre in London (August 2016). In 2014, her 'practice-based' work included directing and acting in Caryl Churchill's Seagulls. Her lecture series Performance at the Edge enabled students to produce creative assignments across media.
Stories think. Lectures erupt into moments of poetry and performance. From the archaeology of knowledge emerge the cavedwellers, posthuman, all gathered around the camp fire.
I started out in literary studies with The Intimacy of Influence (1999) while working in a theatre company, Off Your Head and on a BFI film project. This inspired my 'turn' to practice-based research and cinema studies. Since then, I have published essays on literature, film, with a current emphasis on ecology and media. Having explored theatre writing through performance, I now focus on dramatic writing and directing. Most of my theatre, creative and academic writing is 'ecological writing'. Treading the tight-rope between artistic work, politics and creative theory is crucial to my practice.
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A boook and play on protagonists who explore memory and trauma through relationships with land.
"In the Cooler." Essays in Migratory Aesthetics. Series Ed. Ernst van Alphen. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007.
"Scholars, Dreams and Memory Tapes" in Mind the Screen: Media Concepts According to Thomas Elsaesser, ed. Jaap Kooijman, Patricia Pisters and Wanda Strauven, Amsterdam: AUP, 2008.
"Set Adrift in Style: the Scholar as Artist in Jacob's Room." Interdiscipline: New Languages of Criticism. Ed. Gillian Beer, Malcolm Bowie, Beatte Perrey. Oxford: Legenda, OUP, 2007.
2021, June. "Biophilia in Robert Keillar's Robinson in Ruins (2010)." Hinterlands. ASCA. University of Amsterdam.
2021, May. "Looking at Ecological Filmaking: the work of Michelle Williams Gamaker." Goldsmith's University.
2020, October. "Ecological Violence in Cinema." Research Masters Master Classes. University of Amsterdam.
2019, November. "The Embrace of the Serpent and the State of Gaia." ASCA. University of Amsterdam.
2014, June 18-21. "We are all Michaelangelo: the Case of Sally Potter's Rage. NECS Conference Milan: Creative Industries.
2013. March 20. "Anarchy, GAIA and other Actresses." NASA, Smart Space, Amsterdam., Narrative 'Performance' Lecture for Yours in Solidarity Exhibition.
2012. July 5. "The Trauma of Elephants: a Postcolonial Critique. " University of Utrecht, Minding Animals Conference.
2012. June 29. "Doing Feminism Darkly: Ending the World in Lars von Trier's Melancholia." University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain., EASCLE Biennial Conference.
2012. January 27. "The Elephant in the Room: Pastoral and Fable between People, Elephants, Environments." Amsterdam, NICA: Eco-Poco: The Ecocritical Turn Through Postcolonial Eyes.
2012. February 8. "The 'Content' of an Ending: Digital Effects, Theoretical Effects and Lars von Trier's Melancholia." Universitiy of Amsterdam, Staff Research Seminar.
2012. January 20. "Introducing 'Dark Ecology' and the Work of Timothy Morton." University of Amsterdam, Recycling Media Group, (Imagined Futures Programme).
2011. May 11. "What do Pictures Want: the State of Art Research." University of Amsterdam, Adventures in Multimodality, Research Group.