Thanks for visiting. I'm Silas.
I'm a scientist, writer and filmmaker at the University of Oxford's Internet Institute.
As an evolutionary biologist, interesting in the internet, my recent focus has been on the structural role of echo-chamber formation, the cultural inheritance of information online, and the implications of AI-designed structure in the virtual environment.
As a filmmaker, I've written and directed narrative and factual content. My first film, 'the sex lives of eels’ (2015) was produced in 100 hours as part of the Film-Racing competition, for which it received honorable mention. It has since been screened at the 'Vaults' film festival in London, and Melbourne's 'filmonik' festival. In 2016 myself and collaborator Luke Rollason were commissioned by the UK Arts Council to write and direct 'Surfing’, a 3 minute art film for Channel 4 Random Acts. The film went on to make official selection for the BAFTA-qualifying 'Aesthetica' short film festival, and was screened with the touring 'playback' film festival. In 2018 my short film 'GOLEM' was a finalist at the Oxford International Short Film Festival and won at the Earl's Court Film Festival.
In collaboration with Angel Sharp Media I have directed and produced two BBC Ideas documentaries. These focused on the spread and history of conspiracy theories, and the history of Icelandic Folklore. My other documentary work has been on the travel documentary 'Chasing Zephyr' and 'The Children of the KLA', film about young people in Kosovo. I have also produced commercial content for Greenpeace and the RAF.