I am a film and media scholar, curator, and teacher based in New York. In my academic work I combine backgrounds coming from the studies of film and media, art history, and philosophy. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.
After receiving BA degree in political sciences at Vilnius University, I was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. Subsequently, I enrolled in a theory&practice-based Media Studies MA program at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School University. My MA thesis on the possibility of non-representational cinematic realism received the New School's Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in a year 2011 and a shortened version of it was published in Film and Philosophy (Vilnius University Press, 2013), a co-authored academic monograph dedicated to the intersections between film studies and philosophy. In 2014, I was admitted to a PhD program in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.
My current scholarly interests include eco-media (with an emphasis on limits and potentialities of documentation and animation of the non-human as reflection on current environmental crises), politics and aesthetics of the World Cinema, history of experimental cinema, and intersections between moving image cultures and contemporary art world. My dissertation in process suggests to look at objects recorded in films as environmental memories and scrutinizes roles the material culture plays in films and video art from East-Central European countries. I have taught courses at NYU and elsewhere as well as presented papers, gave talks and moderated discussions in various film, media, and art history-related events.