Jessica Bardsley is an artist and PhD candidate in visual and environmental studies and critical media practice at Harvard University, where she is also a Film Study Center–Harvard Fellow.
Bardsley’s research draws connections between new materialisms, process philosophy, artist’s cinema, and the historical/temporal turn in contemporary art. Amid the conditions of climate change, her dissertation explores how artists of recent decades have used and represented water to temporalize matter across human and nonhuman boundaries, offering renewed conceptions of time, history, and the archive along the way.
Her academic work has been published in philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, and her films have screened across the United States and internationally at CPH:DOX, the European Media Art Festival, the Flaherty, the Montreal International Documentary Festival, True/False Film Fest, Visions du Réel, and many more. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, a Grand Prix at 25 FPS Festival, a Princess Grace Award, and a Prize for the Best Short Film at Punto de Vista. She received an MFA and MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.