Michaela French is an artist, lecturer and researcher working with light and time-based media across a broad range of artistic contexts. Light serves as subject, medium and experience in her artistic practice which is grounded in an ecological systems-based approach. Michaela designs and produces innovative artworks and award-winning moving image experiences for 360° immersive media spaces, contemporary performance, museums and gallery exhibition.
Michaela’s artistic research investigates the systemic interrelation between light, body, perceptual experience and environment through practice-based and theoretical enquiry. Michaela uses attentive observation and subjective immersive experience as her primary methods of investigation. The ecological principles of reciprocal mutuality and co-perception are central to her practice-based investigations which seek to inspire debate about the ecological imperatives which increasingly influence contemporary artistic and cultural practice. Michaela completed her PhD in the School of Communication at Royal College of Art, London in 2020.
Michaela is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Arts University where she contributes to Postgraduate Studies and leads the MA Animation programme. In addition, Michaela is a co-founder and chair of the Fulldome Creative Network in collaboration with Live Cinema UK.
Selected collaborators include:
Dr Andrew Pontzen
Chunky Move Dance Company
Dr Helga Schmid
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Live Cinema UK
Lucy Guerin Dance Company
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Museums Greenwich
Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships