Professor Walley joined the Denison Department of Cinema in 2005. He teaches courses in cinema studies, including Film Aesthetics and Analysis, History of Cinema, Theory of Cinema, and seminars in avant-garde/experimental cinema, screenwriting, and the horror film, among others.
His primary research interest is avant-garde or experimental film, a form of cinema radically opposed to the aesthetics and politics of mainstream cinema, and more closely aligned with avant-garde and modernist art than traditional filmmaking. He has published extensively on this subject, and particularly on a branch of avant-garde film known as “expanded cinema,” which refers to works that alter or abandon the familiar materials, forms, and spaces of conventional filmmaking. These include film and video installation, live performances using film projection, and moving image works that cross boundaries between cinema and other art forms.
His scholarship on avant-garde film and expanded cinema has appeared in October, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Millennium Film Journal, and The Velvet Light Trap, and in numerous collections of writings on avant-garde art and cinema. He is working on a book about expanded cinema and what it tells us about the nature of cinema and its relationship to the other arts.
Professor Walley’s other interests include the history of film theory, documentary, the horror film, and the effects of technological changes on film production and cinematic visual style.