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Silhol, Lou

Lou Silhol-Macher


Lou Silhol-Macher is a seventh-year PhD candidate in the German Department at UC Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media. Her research engages with new media, installation art, film and video, queer theory, philosophy of media, critical race studies, and science and technology studies. Lou’s dissertation “Of Goo and Dust: Aesthetic Theories of Formlessness” investigates the role of form/lessness in film, video, and new media art, bringing into focus what emerges from the encounter between states of matter, minoritarian aesthetic practices, and racialized histories of technology.

Lou holds an MA in German Literature & Philosophy from Ecole Normale Supérieure and an MA in Film Studies from Université Paris VIII, France. In Spring and Summer 2022, she was a DAAD Visiting Researcher at the Cluster of Excellence “Matters of Activity” at the Humboldt-University in Berlin.