2020 applicants

Dr Daniel O'Brien

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Daniel O'Brien



Daniel O’Brien’s research considers the relationship between cinema, interactive art and computer gaming. His work focuses upon the interdisciplinary nature of visual media, particularly how audiences have become participants in visual and audible storytelling through a postphenomenological framework. He has taught and had work published across each of these areas at a range of research institutes and academic journals, including the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Approaches to Film and Media (LT121)

  • Creative Media (LT205)

  • Film and Propaganda (LT355)

  • Independent Film Project (LT833)

  • Independent Project in Film Studies (LT834)

  • Critical Moments in the Theory and History of Film (LT927)

  • Research for Creative Practice (LT905)


Journal articles (5)

O Brien, DP., (2019). Hap-Tech Narration and the Postphenomenological Film. Philosophies. 4 (3), 47-47

O'Brien, DP., (2018). Somaster Fiction and the Avatarial Game Body. Evental Aesthetics. 7 (1), 138-171

O'Brien, DP., (2017). The pervasive and the digital. International Journal of E-Politics. 8 (3), 30-41

O'Brien, DP., (2017). Postphenomenological performance in interactive narrative. International Journal of E-Politics. 8 (2), 40-55

O'Brien, DP., (2017). Postphenomenological performance: bodily extensions in interactive art. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. 13 (2), 120-136

Other (1)

O'Brien, D., (2019).John Marmysz (2017) Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings. Film-Philosophy. 23(1),Edinburgh University Press


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