Nicole Wolf’s range of interests merge in thinking, writing, teaching and curating with political cinemas as modes of critical and productive relations. Anthropology, film studies, political science and postcolonial theory informed her academically and her extensive and continuing research in South Asia shaped her conceptual and activist queries towards documentary mode and experimental filmmaking. Her earlier research focused on the entanglement of histories of feminist theory and practice with filmmaking practices in India which then expanded into a search for past and possible future internationalist film poetics, thinking from multiple histories of politically and aesthetically radical cinemas. Closely connected are her questions on how to narrate, witness and respond/ act responsibly to conflict whereby relations between the audio-visual and the constitution as well as critique of borders and militarised zones, such as Kashmir, have been central. Most recently her queries towards evidence narratives as interventionist practices and the politics and poetics of justice have led towards violations of human rights through destructions of land and ecological/cultural environments.
Wolf’s training in anthropology as critique to neo/colonialist forms of knowledge production, her passion for documentary film as proposing new radically democratic realities and her theoretical inquiries into how to be and act worldly, i.e. thinking relationality transculturally, transracial, transgender, transspecies, informs her current research into critical ecologies of knowledges.
Wolf is invested in exploring new forms of writing and making research public, she prefers working collaboratively and is invested in permaculture projects internationally.