School of Art and Design


Dr Simon Hobbs

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Lecturer – Visual Culture
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3803
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  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


After completing both my undergraduate (Film Studies BA) and post-graduate (Film and Television Studies MA) at Portsmouth, I began undertaking PTHP lecturing in the School of Media and Performing Arts and the School of Creative Technologies. Following the completion of my PhD in 2014, I continued teaching Film Theory and Practice, until joining the School of Art and Design as a Lecturer in Visual Culture in 2017. Over the past three years, my research has been concerned with formations of taste, and the manner in which commercial objects such as DVDs position and manage filmic identities. I continue to explore issues related to extreme cinema, art cinema, exploitation film, paratextual theory, taste, streaming, fandom and collecting.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinator: “Cult Films and Postmodernism” (Level 5)
  • Lecturer: “Introduction to Visual Culture” (Level 4)
  • Third year "Dissertation" supervisor
  • Third year "Visual Culture: Extended Research Project" supervisor


My research explores the manner in which extreme art cinema (films which combine the traditions of art and exploitation, at a textual and thematic level) are presented to the audience through their commercial offerings (such as DVD/Blu-rays). I am particularly interested in the ways these objects present and position the film, and the manner in they provide a reading protocol that could potentially alter a films’ reception culture or cultural standing. Within this discussion is an extensive re-examination of traditional taste structures, and in particular their inability to appropriately deal with fluid and slippery artefacts. Overall, my work asserts that the distinctions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture are porous, whilst suggesting commercial objects are central to the framing and understanding of cultural outputs.

My book, entitled ‘Extreme Art Cinema: Text, Paratext and DVD Culture’, is due for completion in August 2017, and will be published by Edinburgh University Press in late 2017/early 2018.