Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Ella Raidel
Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media
Ella Raidel, Ph.D., is a filmmaker, artist and researcher. In her interdisciplinary works – films, videos, research and discourses – she focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of globalization, urbanization and the representation of images. Her hybrid practice is to create a discursive space for filmmaking, art and research.
In recent years, she has been concerned with China’s unprecedented growth and rapid urban changes, in experimenting with new documentary modes, narrations and methods. In her latest research project Of Haunted Spaces (funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF), she is developing an essay film on Chinese Ghost cities. This film project follows her film-making on urban scapes effected by the consequences of global capitalism, such as SUBVERSES China in Mozambique (2011) on infrastructure investments in Africa or Double Happiness (2014) about the clone of an Austrian village in China.

Raidel’s works has participated in international biennials, exhibitions, 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 writings focus on Sinophone cinema, and she publicized on the Malaysian born director Tsai Ming-Liang. As a postdoctoral research fellow at Academia Sinica Taipei (2013/14), Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, she co-edited with Prof. Peng Hsiao-yen Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinema and Image Culture. Altering Archives published at Routledge Contemporary China Series (London, New York: 2018).

Prior to her joint appointment at NTU as an Asst. Professor for Documentary at ADM and WKWSCI, Ella Raidel has been working as a Senior postdoctoral researcher/FWF Austrian Science Fund, Elise-Richter PEEK (2016-2019).
Experimental Cinema, Sinophone Cinema, Contemporary Aesthetics, Contemporary Art, Interdisciplinary Research Urban Studies, Filmstudies
  • Performing Reality: An Art-based Research in the Performative Documentary Filmmaking of East and Southeast Asia
  • Performing the City A collaborative spatial practice in investigating the urban space of Singapore through filmic performative acts.
  • Play Life: The Performative Documentary Filmmaking as the Discourse of Our Times, including its history, aesthetic endeavours, the researcher's artistic practice, and the critical relation to the times of Anthropocene.
  • 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