I am a film and media scholar, curator, and teacher based in New York. In my academic work I combine backgrounds coming from my studies of film and media, art history, and philosophy. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.
My scholarly and curatorial interests include eco-media (with an emphasis on limits and potentialities of mediation and animation of the ecological crisis), politics and aesthetics of the world cinema, history of experimental cinema, and intersections between moving-image cultures and contemporary art world.
My texts have been published in both academic and non-academic media. Currently, I am co-editing a volume Cinema and the Environment in Eastern Europe for Berghahn Books and Jonas Mekas: The Moving Image for Yale University Press.
I have programmed and curated a number of screening programs, including Ecology After Nature (e-flux, New York), From Matter to Data: Ecology of Infrastructures (with Inga Lace, Post MoMa, New York), Environmental Memories in East-Central European Art (Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade), Landscape to be Experienced and to be Read: Time, Ecology, Politics on the work of filmmaker James Benning (CAC, Vilnius), Mermaid with The Movie Camera (Spectacle Theater, New York), a program of experimental films Human, Material, Machine (with Leo Goldsmith, CAC, Vilnius), Baltic Poetic Documentary as Ethnographic Cinema (NYU, New York), Welcome to the Anthropocene (CCAMP, Lithuania), Retrospective of Nathaniel Dorsky's Films (CAC, Vilnius), among others.
I have taught courses at NYU, CUNY/Brooklyn College and elsewhere as well as presented papers, gave talks and moderated discussions in various film, media, and art history-related events. In addition to, but not separate from, my academic and curatorial activities, I have shot and edited creative documentaries and visual essays.