Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts Film Department in New York, supported by a [PEGASUS]2 Marie Sktodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Project and the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). He holds a PhD in Theatre Studies and Intermediality from the University of Antwerp, was a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen, and has also taught at the School of Arts, University College in Ghent and the VU University in Amsterdam.
Vito's research focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and (art) historical interaction between film, theatre and visual arts, with an emphasis on silent cinema. His research has been published in journals such as Early Popular Visual Culture, CineAction, Kosmorama, and the Journal of British Cinema and Television, and he is currently finishing two books for Edinburgh University Press that will come out in 2017: the co-authored Screening Statues: Sculpture in Cinema (with Steven Jacobs, Susan Felleman and Lisa Colpaert), which deals with sculptural motifs from Georges Méliès's animation of statues to experiments in expanded cinema, and the monograph Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema, on early European cinema's appropriation of nineteenth-century theatrical and pictorial strategies.
His current project, From New Stagecraft to New Cinema: Silent Film Performs the Avant-Garde, is an intermedial undertaking geared towards redefining the evolution of cinema against developments in the historical avant-garde in performing arts. Vito is currently also the treasurer of Domitor, the international society for the study of early cinema.