Joel’s work focuses on the study of digital images and the impact of digital technologies on architecture, art and design. He is the Director of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and I’m currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the V&A Research Institutewhere he is working on a project entitled “A Prehistory of Machine Vision: Exploring the V&A Computer Art Collection”.


Joel is Senior Lecturer, Department of Film, Media & Cultural Studies at Birkbeck. Before that he was a Kenneth P. Dietrich Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and an FQRSC Post-Doctoral Fellow at McGill University in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, where he participated in the Media and Urban Life research group. He was also a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.


DigitalAnimation ,Architecture andDesign


Joel’s previous professional experience includes web design and internet analytics. He is currently the co-director of the MA Digital Media.

Joels’ first book Architecture, Media and Memory: Confronting Complexity in Post-9/11 New York was published last year by Bloomsbury. he is working on a second book entitled Rendered: Digital Animation in Art, Architecture and Design, which draws from an ongoing investigation of the rapidly expanding field of digital animation, undertaken in collaboration with Esther Leslie. This animation project has thus far included the BIH sponsored Life Remade: Politics of Animation Symposium, an ongoing BIMI/Vasari sponsored digital animation screening series, and a 2017 special issue of the journal animation entitled “Life Remade: Critical Animation in the Digital Age.”