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Media Research Group

The Media Research Group is an implicitly interdisciplinary group that supports staff from a wide range of disciplinary fields including film, video, robotic and sound installation, Film and Media Studies, Filmmaking, Interactive Arts and Creative Multimedia.

Research Areas

  • Duration and temporality of the 'still' image
  • Sensorial and bodily experience of photography
  • Filmmaking materiality in photographic and film practices
  • New technologies and the material culture of archives
  • Geomedia, mapping and movement in contemporary art and visual culture
  • Women in comics and subcultural identities
  • National identity through film and popular culture
  • Graphic novel and the comic strip
  • Horror Cinema in Europe
  • Artists and the media
  • Photography and objecthood
  • Embodiment in film documentary
  • Interstices between discursive spaces
  • rituals around documentary and portrait photography
  • History, memory, and psychological relationship with place
  • How the performative process impacts on the interpretation of the artefact in film and/or photography
  • Narratives of the domestic in photography and artist book practices
  • Bestial metaphor within children's literature
  • Multi-sensory and multimodal perception
  • Speculative Realism, speculative materialism and object-oriented philosophy
  • Repurposing visual, sonic and haptic technologies
  • Sound and unsound theory, installation and process
  • Wearable technologies and ubiquitous computing

Recent Projects

Installation, screening and panel discussion at the Tate Britain.

Edited collection with Mel Gibson (University of Northumbria) and David Huxley (MMU).

Participation in a week long artist's residency.

Forensic, photographic collage for Finding Treblinka project, commissioned by Centre for Archaeology, Staffordshire University, and funded by Rothschild Foundation.

Interactive robotic installation


Exhibitions & Publications


Adkins, LB., 2018. Theorem, Ruskin Gallery Anglia Ruskin University, 5/7/2018.

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Adkins, LB., Hurlstone, I., Duffy, N., 2017. (Re)making Histories and the Gaps Between, The Tetley Centre of Contemporary Art, The Portico Library., 21/4/2017.

Bonnell, SL., 2017. Beyond The Camera 4, The Diesel Factory A2, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Ancient City, Shanxi Province, China, 19/9/2017.

Heys, TEB., Goodman, S., 2017. Delphic Panaceas, Zorlu Performing Arts Centre, Istanbul, Turkey, 9/3/2017 - 20/4/2017.

Adkins, LB., 2017. Notes for a Performance (Re) visioning a Smoky Meeting, Tetley Contemporary Art Gallery, 1/9/2017.

Heys, TEB., Goodman, S., 2017. PzyK Skan - Nguyen Van Phong. Archive 1955 - 1979, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, Liverpool, UK, 22/9/2017 - 24/9/2017.

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Hamilton, RA., Platt, SE., 2017. Strelnikov's Glasses and Other Stories, HOME Manchester, 1/9/2017.

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Page, R., 2017. The Dialogue of the Dogs, The Francesca Maffeo Gallery, 13/1/2017 - 25/2/2017.

Heys, TEB., 2017. Undercurrency: Vault 53.3414° N, 1.7921° W, Abandon Normal Devices Festival - Speedwell Cavern, Peak District, 22/9/2017 - 23/9/2017.

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Adkins, L.B, 2017. ‘Made in Translation’, Portico Library, Manchester., Feb 2017.

Zapp, A., 2016. Captured around The World, Bunka Costume Gallery Tokyo, Feb/March.

Zapp, A., 2016. Captured around the World - Solo Fashion Exhibition, Bunka Gakuen University and Costume Gallery, Tokyo, 2016.

Heys, TEB., Goodman, S., 2016. Colorcoder, Rome Media Festival, The National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome,, 12/4/2016.

Heys, TEB., Goodman, S., 2016. Delphic Panaceas, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 10/3/2016 - 15/4/2016.

Heys, TEB., 2016. Delusions of the Living Dead, SOIL Media, Regina, Canada, 17/9/2016 - 19/11/2016.

Heys, TEB., Goodman, S., 2016. Delusions of the Living Dead / DRNE Cartography, Funkhaus, Loop Festival, Berlin, Germany, 4/11/2016 - 6/11/2016.

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Adkins, L.B, 2016. Follow, FACT, December 2015 - February 2016.

Heys, TEB., 2016. Furniture Music, The Level Centre, 3/5/2016 - 23/6/2016.

Page, R., 2016. Process, Bankley Gallery, May - June 2016.

Joseph Duffy, 2016. Supernormal Festival, Aug 5th - 7th 2016, supernormal festival UK, 5/8/2016.

Heys, TEB., Goodman, S., 2016. The Dead Record Archive, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 10/3/2016.

Holt, J., 2016. Uplands, Ethnografilm, Paris, April 2016.


Holt, JC., 2017. 'Caught in the Fabric of World', Manchester School of Art.

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Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Creations', 16 minute video about artist Barbara Symmons commissioned by RoaR, RoaR Archive, June 9th 2017 Barrignton Farm Art Barn.

Butler, JA., 2017. 'On Hearing of His Illness', Portman and Tavistock, Freud Museum, Swiss Cottage Library, Touchstones Gallery, Glasgow Women's Library.

Waltering, S., Butler, J., 2017. 'The Mrs Day Collections', Manchester.

Woodbridge, PJ., 2017. 'Underneath the Beach, The Paving Stone', Everywhere.

Butler, JA., 2017. 'White Island: Horizonflux', various.

Woodbridge, P. Illingsworth, S. et al, 2016. 'Ballad of the Manchester Ship Canal', Video Installation, ESOF 2016, June 2016.

Woodbridge, P. Miah, A et al, 2016. 'Beacons for Science App', Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Locative Media App, App Store, June 2016.

Woodbridge, P., Repetti, A., Collins, L., 2016. 'Falcone's Generation', Documentary film about the Mafia in Sicily.

Jones, A., 2016. 'Flight', Manchester School of Art.

Hawley, S., 2016. 'War Memorial', Sheffield.

Ravetz, A., 2016. 'Wonderland: the art of becoming human', Manchester.


Adkins, LB., 2018. 'Notes for a Performance - (Re) Visioning a Smoky Meeting', Temple Bar Gallery & Dublin School of Creative Arts & Media, Dublin Institute of Technology, 5/10/2018.

Gerard McBurney (Writer and Creator); Sir Mark Elder (Conductor); David Shirley (Director), 2016. 'Beyond the Score: Dvorak Symphony No. 9, "From the New World'', Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, May 7th 2016.


Adkins, LB., Duffy, N., Buchler, P., Cass, DN., Hitchen, J., 2018. 'Notes for a Performance Final Draft: 29 November 2017', Wild Pansy Press - Leeds University.

Ormrod, JM., 2018. 'On the edge: leisure, consumption and the representation of adventure sports'.

Taylorr, C., 2018. 'PAGES - The Library 978-1-900687-7-71-3', Wild Pansy Press - Leeds University.


James, D., Kamin, D., Goodwins, F., 2017. 'Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days: At Work with the Comic Genius', Rowman & Littlefield.

de Bruyn, D., Joris, E., Eeckhout, R., Chaparro, I., Zissovici, J., O'Brien, K., Vitaglione, S., Maruszczak, JP., Connah, R., Gomez Flores, L., Wilson, S., Smith, C., Flaxton, T., Singer, J., Bird, L., Jemtrud, M., Stankovic, J., 2016. 'Imaging the city;art, creative practices and media speculations', Intellect.

Book Chapters

Brick, ER., 2018. 'Spellbound: The Significance of Spellbooks and Manuscripts in the depiction of Witchcraft on Screen'. In Miller, C., Van Riper, B. (eds.) Horror by the Book: Monstrous Manuscripts, Sacred Scrolls, and Illuminated Evil on Screen..

Shirley, DG., 2018. 'Stanislavski's System and the Director's Art in the Twenty First Century'. In The Great Stage Directors: Stanislavski, Antoine, Saint Denis: Volume 1edited by Peta Tait for Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Books.

Macdonald, GE., 2018. 'Traces, tiles and fleeting moments: art and the temporalities of geomedia'. In Gekker, A., Hind, S., Lammes, S., Perkins, C., Wilmott, C., Evans, D. (eds.) Time for mapping : cartographic temporalities, Manchester University Press.

James, D., Colman, F., 2017. ''Military Class: Hearts and Minds on the Domestic Screen''. In Forrest, D., Johnson, B. (eds.) Social class and television drama in contemporary Britain, pp. 75-88, Palgrave Macmillan.

Heys, TEB., Ikoniadou, E., Goodman, S., 2017. 'A Century of Zombie Sound'. In Futures and Fictions, Repeater.

Brittain, D., 2017. 'Citizens' photojournalism: History's New First Draft'. In Companion to Photography, Blackwell.

Zapp, A., 2017. 'Conceptual Fashion and Media Research as site-specific Narratives'. In IASDR 2017 Conference Proceedings, IASDR.

List, H., 2017. 'Displaying a Urinal: The Bedfordshire Design as an Object for Appropriation in 1917'. In Fountain 17 Exhibition Catalogue.

Ormrod, JM., 2017. 'The Post-Colonial Enterprise of Trillium: Maps, Language, Histories, and Multilateral Consciousness'. In Grace, D., Hoffman, E. (eds.) The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels from the North, University of Mississippi Press.

Pahl, K., Escott, H., Graham, H., Marwood, K., Pool, S., Ravetz, A., 2017. 'What is the role of artists in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with universities and communities?'. In Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact, pp. 131-152.

Zapp, A., 2016. 'AZ. Fashion Label profile'. In The Revival of the UK Textile Industry: Case Studies from the NBrown, National Textiles Growth Programme, NBrown, National Textiles Growth Programme.

Ormrod, JM., 2016. 'Bodies in Wonder Woman of the 1990s: Good Girls Bad Girls and Macho Men'. In Helford, ER., Carroll, S., Gray, S., Howard, M. (eds.) The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture, pp. 159-176, University of Mississippi Press, Jackson.

After Video

Woodbridge, P., Hall, G., Birchall, C., 2016. 'Control Societies'. In Lerone Schultz, O., Hadzi, A., de Soto, P., Sakr, LS. (eds.) Volume 1: Assemblages, Open Humanities Press.

James, DO., Huxley, D., 2016. 'Drivel for Dregs: Perceptions of class, race and gender in British music hall 1850-1914:'. In Storey, J. (eds.) The making of English popular culture, pp. 47-60, Routledge.

Bonnell, SL., 2016. 'Lessons From The Audience'. In Photographers and Research: The role of research in contemporary photographic practice, Routledge, Oxford & Routledge, New York.

Hawley, S., 2016. 'Manchester as a mythical city; reflections in art and locative media'. In Imaging the city; art creative practices media speculations, Intellect.


Holt, JC., 2017. 'Caught in the Fabric of World'.


Woodbridge, PJ., Koeck, R., 2018. 'If these walls could talk.... Mixed Reality Hololens Application'.

Woodbridge, PJ., Kay, R., 2018. 'Secret Coast Augmented Reality Experience'.

Woodbridge, PJ., Miah, A., 2016. 'Beacons for Science'.

Internet Publications

JISC, 2016. 'Open Media Classes', JISC Research Report,

Journal Articles

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2018. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 9 (1), pp. 1-2.

Shirley, DG., 2018. 'His Dream of Passion: Reflections on the work of Lee Strasberg and his influence on British Actor Training (Part Two)', Stanislavski Studies.

Ormrod, J., Huxley, D., 2017. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (2), pp. 117-118.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2017. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (2), pp. 117-118.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2017. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (4), pp. 305-306.

Ravetz, J., Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Seeing the wood for the trees: Social Science 3.0 and the role of visual thinking', Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 30 (1), pp. 104-120.

List, H., 2017. 'Walking within Film: Gilbertson and Tait and Insignificant Steps Within landscape', Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 21 (3), 13.

Huxley, D., James, D., 2016. 'Adventures in comedy research: the British museum and the Mike Craig archive or: confessions of incompetent researchers', Comedy Studies, 7 (1), pp. 48-52.

Huxley, D., Ormrod, J., 2016. 'Editorial', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 7 (1), pp. 1-2.

Shirley, D., 2016. 'His Dream of Passion: Reflections on the work of Lee Strasberg and his influence on British Actor Training', Stanislavski Studies, Volume 4/Issue 1, pp.47-61.

Shirley, D., 2016. 'His dream of passion: reflections on the work of Lee Strasberg and his influence on British actor training', Stanislavski Studies, 4 (1), pp. 47-62.

Hawley, S., 2016. 'South Home Town; film and the imaginary city', Journal of Writing and Creative Practice, Place-based Arts: Post-industrial landscapes (8:2., pp. 127-143.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

MacDonald, G., 2016. 'Touching at a distance: a response to Hind and Lammes', Global Discourse, 6 (1-2), pp. 98-100.

Conference Papers

Adkins, L., 2018. 'Leeds Library 250th Anniversary Conference', Leeds Library 250th Anniversary Conference, Leeds Library & Leeds University, 20/9/2018 - 22/9/2018.

Adkins, LB., 2018. 'Theorem Notes for a Performance - Ten Men Smoking', Theorem, Anglia Ruskin University, 5/7/2018 - 5/7/2018.

Woodbridge, PJ., Verity, M., 2017. 'Imagining Future Cities: Mixed Reality and the Transformation of Urban Experiential Space', International AR VR Conference, Manchester, 23/2/2017.

Adkins, L., 2017. 'Life on the Outskirts Making Sense of a Creative Life', Life on the Outskirts Making Sense of a Creative Life, The Tetley Centre of Contemporary Art, University of Leeds & Manchester School of Art, 12/10/2017 - 15/11/2017.

Waltering, S., butler, J., 2017. 'Narratives from the Archive', Helsinki Photomedia 2014, Helsinki, 26/3/2017 - 28/3/2014.

Woodbridge, PJ., 2017. 'On The Mediality of Place: Digital Placemaking and the future of Mixed Urban Reality', ESRC Ways of Being in a Digital Age Conference, University of Liverpool, 10/10/2017 - 11/10/2017.

Woodbridge, P., 2016. 'The Immersive Storylab. Speculative Mediations on the Future of Media Practice', MeCCSA Media Practice Network Annual Symposium, London South Bank University, 10/6/2016.


List, H., 2017. 'A Dud Metaphor - Page onto Land', Sheffield Hallam University..

Page, R., 2017. 'Breaking New Ground: Photography in the Digital Age', Future Now : Aesthetica Symposium, York University, 26 May 2016.

Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Keynote: Art, Anthropology and the Margins', Ways of doing, Ways of being: artistic practices in and with anthropology, National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon, 9-10 March 2017, in CRIA – Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia..

Woodbridge, P., 2016. 'Pokemon Go Away: Digital Urbanism and Mediated Architectures', Media Research Seminars, Coventry University, October 2016.

List, H., 2016. 'Walking within Film: Two women and insignificant steps within a landscape', Traversing the Field: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of Dundee, 30.04.16.


Zapp, A., 2017. 'Conceptual Fashion and Media Research as site-specific Narratives', International Design Conference IASDR, University of Cincinnati.