Dr Isabelle I D Delmotte


Qualifications: PhD (S.C.U, Australia), MFA Research (U.N.S.W, Australia)

School of Arts


About Isabelle

I am particularly interested in creative practices as research tools and vehicles for interdisciplinary collaborations. Both my academic and creative works have consistently examined human affective relationships with the self, media and environments. The concerns of my research practice are philosophical, ethnographic, educational and cultural.

I am currently leading two research projects: “Locating nature in the soundscapes of popular wildlife and natural history documentaries”, and “Falling on and off the screen: The electrical body in film productions“.
The first project develops a phenomenological approach to cinema studies by focusing on the impacts of professional creative practices of soundmaking on film productions and audiences. It explores the influence of digital audio technology on the affective qualities of making nature documentaries and audience receptions associated with soundtracks of nature.
The second research project aims to further knowledge on the cinematographic representations of neurological disorders. This research is motivated by an absence of audio-visual and textual semantics that could allow different modes of representations of epilepsies in fiction films. The process of examining specific idioms linked to medical diagnostic and film semantics has the potential to develop alternative ways of communication between people living with epilepsies, medical professionals, filmmakers, and audiences. This project builds on a 10 year multi-modal creative art practice focused on altered states of consciousness and neurological conditions.


Arts and Language Education; Communication; Culture; Data mining; Digital Libraries; Ecology; Environment; Environment Issues; Film; Screen and Media; Teaching and Learning

Creative Practice, Sonic Studies, Phenomenology, Sensory Ethnography, Cinema sound, Nature Documentary, Media Practices

Research Interests

  • acoustic ecologies and sound studies
  • film and documentary sound studies
  • sensory ethnography
  • soundscapes studies
  • phenomenologies of professional practice
  • neuroscience, and epilepsies
  • phenomenology
  • interdisciplinary practices

Recent Publications

  • Delmotte, I. A. (2017). Losing sight of atmospheric sounds in televised nature documentary. The New Soundtrack, 7(1), 67-82. doi:10.3366/sound.2017.0097 Open Access version: hdl:10289/11170

  • Delmotte, I. A. (2017). The influences of sonic sensory awareness through the production and consumption of screened nature documentaries. Working Paper Series: Media, Film and Communication: Special Issue: Revisiting Audiences: Reception, Identity, Technology, 1-21. Retrieved from

  • Delmotte, I. (2017). The electrical body: Falling on and off the screen. In The NECS 2017 Conference: Sensibility & the Senses: Media, Bodies, Practices. Conference held at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris.

  • Delmotte, I. A. (2016). Sight (in) audible (No. Of Pieces: 6 audio, 1 visual moving image, 1 script, soundtrack) [multi-media installation, audio, moving image and texts]. Creative Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from

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Papers Taught


Creative Practices and Creative Technologies, Masters and Honours students

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Delmotte, Dr Isabelle 5271 delmotte I.4.29 Screen and Media Studies Programme