Scott Barley is a British artist and filmmaker from South Wales, UK.
His work has been screened across Europe and The Americas, including The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, BFI Southbank, Sheffield Doc Fest, Doclisboa, Karlovy Vary IFF, Dokufest, EYE Filmmuseum, Vancouver International Film Centre, Museum of Modern Art Rio, Museum of Contemporary Art Buenos Aires, and Frontier International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival.
His work has been associated with the Remodernist and Slow Cinema movements. His films are primarily concerned with the Anthropocene, nature, cosmology, phenomenology, and mysticism, and have been compared with the sensibilities of Stan Brakhage, Philippe Grandrieux, Béla Tarr, Maya Deren, and Jean Epstein.
His visual practice and research has been used as educational material on undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD courses at UCLA Arts (University of California, Los Angeles), University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, Falmouth University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Illinois at Chicago, EICTV (Cuba International School of Film and TV), Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Germany, University of Colorado Boulder, and SUNY (State University of New York).
Since early 2015, Barley has exclusively shot his films on iPhone. His short film, Hinterlands was voted one of the best films of 2016 in Sight & Sound's yearly film poll. His first feature-length work, Sleep Has Her House was released in early 2017, garnering universal acclaim, and winning Best Film - Official Jury award at Frontier International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, in Goiânia, Brazil. It later received nominations in Sight & Sound’s 2017 and 2018 film polls, as well as in ‘Sight & Sound’s ‘The best video essays of 2018’. The film also received nominations in Senses of Cinema’s 2017 poll, and The Village Voice 2017 film poll for Best Film, Best First Feature, and Best Director.