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Dr Jenny Baines

Senior Lecturer

Jenny Baines is an artist working predominantly with 16mm film. The apparatus of analogue film play an integral part in the production and display of her performative works. She uses the wind-up mechanism of the bolex camera as a timer for which she performs repeated, often absurd actions, pushing the limitations of this mechanism and her own physical endurance. Her recent looped and double-screen films explore the out-of-frame as a space of potential and site of affect, where the action witnessed in the image is suggested to continue beyond its limits.

Jenny completed her practice-led PhD at Manchester School of Art, for which she was awarded full AHRC funding.
She was awarded her MFA from The Slade School of Art.
Jenny exhibits her work internationally in both screenings and exhibitions including at Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin; Contact Festival of Experimental Film and Video, London; Analogue Recurring, London; London Short Film Festival, ICA; Urban Screens, Bergen; Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo; 10th International Istanbul Biennial; Copenhagen Film Festival; Whitstable Biennial.


Jenny Baines is a member of the School of Digital Arts Research Hub.


Baines, J., 2023. Braziers International Film Festival (Observed Ecologies), Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, UK, 30/8/2023 - 1/9/2023.

Baines, J., 2023. Midday Revelations & Destinations: Celluloid Now, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago USA, 21/9/2023 - 24/9/2023.

Baines, J., 2023. Prisme #6: Argentique de Future, Cinématographe, Nantes, France and Cinéma Jacques Tati, Saint Nazaire, France, 6/12/2023 - 7/1/2024.

Baines, J., Vallance, A., 2023. Underline II, Beyond Beck Road, Open House Festival London, Beck Road, E8, 16/9/2023 - 16/9/2023.

Baines, J., Vallance, A., 2022. Underline I, Beyond Beck Road, London Open House Festival, Beck Road, E8, 9/9/2022 - 10/9/2022.

Baines, J., 2017. Muscle Memory, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, 1/4/2017.

Baines, J., Carpenter, A., Daniels, C., Duffy, J., Meech, S., Stark, M., Griffiths, D., 2014. Film + Video from Manchester, VideoFAG, Toronto, 16/12/2014.

Baines, J., Carpenter, A., Daniels, C., Duffy, J., Meech, S., Stark, M., Griffiths, D., 2014. Film Material Soup + LUX13, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Laban Centre, London, 16/10/2014 - 6/11/2014.


Baines, J., 2023. 'Traction'.


Baines, J., Haut, B., Dickson, A., Nicholson, A., 2022. 'Film Talks Live: Jenny Baines / Amy Dickson / Bea Haut / Annabel Nicholson', Iklectik, London, 30/6/2022.

Book Chapters

Baines, J., Haut, B., 2021. 'Misbehaving Materials'. In Film Talks 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema.


Baines, J., 2024. 'Inflated (double) struggle (2018)'.

Baines, J., 2024. 'Untitled (#1 25/25 x 10/4) (2016)'.


Baines, J., 2023. 'Unrehearsed Moves for Camera', HOME, Manchester, UK.

Theses and Dissertations

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Acts of Holding: Dance, Time and Loss'.