Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Ella Raidel
Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media
Ella Raidel is a filmmaker and media artist. Since 2019, she has been an Assistant Professor at NTU Singapore (ADM/WKWSCI). Her interdisciplinary works focus on the socio-cultural aspects of globalization, urbanization, and image representation. Her hybrid practice aims to create a discursive space for filmmaking, art, and research. She experiments with alternative (hybrid) formats and materials, exploring innovative paths in creation.
As an educator, she guides the makers of the future of cinema, stretching across the audio-visual medium—from film and film installations to documentary, experimental film, immersive storytelling, 360-degree film, and beyond. Her research and teaching foundation lies in sustainability, technology, and diversity.

Raidel’s works have participated in international biennials, exhibitions, and conferences and presented at numerous International film festivals, among those International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH: DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs Canada, and Chicago International Film Festival.
Her film-making corresponds with her writings on East and Southeast Asian cinema for researching the poetics in image-making.

She is the co-editor (with Peng Hsiao-yen) of Altering Archives, The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture (Routledge Contemporary China Series 2018), and publicized on the film director Tsai Ming-Liang.

Her book The Films of Ella Raidel: Of Haunted Spaces, Cinema, Heterotopias, and China’s Hyperurbanization (Ed. Ute Meta Bauer) is published in 2023 with NTUCCA, distributed by NUS Press, with contributions from Itty Abraham, Ute Meta Bauer, Marlene Rutzendorfer, and Yu Weiying.

She received the Outstanding Artist Award for Film Art 2022 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture for Documentary and Fiction Film. Her film A Pile of Ghosts received the Award for Excellence at the Image Forum Festival Tokyo (2022).

Before her joint appointment at NTU, Ella Raidel was a Senior postdoctoral researcher/FWF Austrian Science Fund, Elise-Richter PEEK (2016-2019), and a Postdoctoral researcher at Academie Sinica Taipei. (2013/14)
Experimental Cinema, East and South East Cinema, Contemporary Aesthetics, Contemporary Art, Interdisciplinary Research, Urban Studies, Film studies
  • Hidden Treasure Walks – A Virtual Immersive Cultural Experience in Singapore
  • Transnational Networks of Singapore Cinema and Digital Media: Shifting Geographies, Multiplying Media, and Industry Transformations
2022 Outstanding Artist Award Film Kunst (Film Art), Documentary and Fiction Film. Federal Ministry of Art and Culture Austria
2022 Award for Excellence (A Pile of Ghosts), Image Forum Tokyo
2010 Award of Excellence, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research Austria
Fellowships & Other Recognition
2016-19 Senior-Postdoctoral Fellowship, Elise Richter PEEK (FWF), Institute for Fine Arts and Cultural Studies/Experimental Arts, University of Art and Design Linz, Austria
2013-14 Post-doc Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taipei/Taiwan, Institute for Chinese Literature and Philosophy
Courses Taught
DP3010 (TUT) Moving Image Course for Media Artists
DF5001 (TUT) Documentary Filmmaking
AP9050 (PG) Filmmaking as Artistic Research

CS4317 (L) Performative Documentary
CS4195 (L) The Future of Cinema Course
CS4079 (L) Issues in Cinema Studies – Cinema & Social Currents, Undergraduate Course
Supervision of PhD Students
Angelene Wong, Ong Kian Peng