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Joel McKim

BA (McGill), MA (Concordia), PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Culture

Contact details

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
tel: 020 3073 8364



My work focuses on the study of digital images and the impact of digital technologies on architecture, art and design. I'm the Director of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and I'm currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the V&A Research Institute where I'm working on a project entitled "A Prehistory of Machine Vision: Exploring the V&A Computer Art Collection."

My first book Architecture, Media and Memory: Confronting Complexity in Post-9/11 New York was published last year by Bloomsbury. I'm currently 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."

I am currently the co-director of the  MA Digital Media.

My previous professional experience includes web design and internet analytics.