Peter Gidal was born in 1946. His experimental films include room (1967), hall, clouds, key (1968&9), condition of illusion (1975), room film 1973 (1973), no night no day (1998), volcano (2003), not far at all (2013). Retrospectives of Gidal's work have showcased at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Anthology Film Archives, NY; ICA, London; and Belgian Cinemateque, Brussels. From 1969-1975 he was the London Film Co-op treasurer and ran the Cinema from 1971-1974. He taught advanced film theory at Royal College of Art from 1971-1983 and has published books on Beckett (Macmillan), Warhol (Studio Vista/Dutton), Materialist Film (Routledge), Gerhard Richter (d'Offay books), and Flare Out: Aesthetics 1966-2016 (Visible Press). He was awarded Prix de la Recherche for Room Film 73 at Toulon, Prix L'Age d’Or in Brussels in 2014, and the Life Time Achievement Award from Ljubljana Biennial in 2015. He currently lives in London and Nice.