Project Description

Jessica Bardsley

Portrait of Jessica Bardsley

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, continuing 2020-21

Jessica Bardsley is an artist and PhD Candidate in the Film and Visual Studies program at Harvard University, where she is also a Film Study Center Fellow. She was the 2018-2019 Arleen Carlson and Edna Nelson Graduate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. Her art examines the confluence of psychological states and exterior environments. Her films have screened across the U.S. and internationally at venues such as CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, European Media Arts Festival, Kassel Dokfest, RIDM, True/False, and Flaherty NYC. She is the recipient of various awards, including a Princess Grace Award, Grand Prize at 25FPS, the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Best Short Film at Punto de Vista. She received an MFA and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

FSC Works

Film Still from Life Without Dreams

Life Without Dreams

Jessica Bardsley

Life Without Dreams is set in the outer space of consciousness, where the surfaces of far out planetary bodies form the terrain for an exploration of 24/7 capitalism, insomnia, and the disappearance of darkness due to light pollution.  This film links personal experiences of sleeplessness to the lives of nocturnal animals and NASA’s investigation of the night sky through a montage of 3D animation, found footage, and 16mm film.