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Media Research Hub

The Media Research Hub 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


Bonnell, S., 2020. Feast for the Eyes, The Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden, 29/2/2020 - 10/5/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 1/3/2019 - 30/4/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Beyond the Camera VI, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, The Photographers Gallery, London, 18/10/2019 - 9/2/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, CO Berlin, Germany, 8/6/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. JUMP! curated by Sian Bonnell, LOOK Biennial of Photography, The Gallery, Liverpool, 4/10/2019 - 27/10/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Sian Bonnell, The Secret Life of Trestles, The Cotton Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Video del Giorno: Sian Bonnell Excerpts from Luda, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, 4/10/2019 - 4/12/2019.


Paquette, C., Kleinfelder, K., Miles, C., May, K., Fox, S., 2021. 'Art and the Dynamics of Circulation, Suppression, and Censorship', Bloomsbury NY.

Fox, S., Voigt, K., 2020. 'Eine neue Sichtbarkeit des Sterbens in der Architektur | Spaces for the Dying. On a New Visibility of Dying in Architectural Design', Sterbeorte. Academic Publishing Bielefeld, GermanySterbeorte. Academic Publishing Bielefeld, Germany.

Bonnell, S., 2019. '209 Women', Bluecoat Press.

Goodman, S., Heys, T., Ikoniadou, E., 2019. 'AUDINT--Unsound:Undead', Urbanomic.

Townsend, P., 2019. 'Creative States of Mind Psychoanalysis and the Artist's Process', Routledge.

Heys, T., 2019. 'Sound Pressure: How Speaker Systems Influence, Manipulate and Torture', Rowman and Littlefield International Limited, London, England.

Book Chapters

Ravetz, A., 2021. 'From documenting culture to experimenting with cultural phenomena: Using fine art pedagogies with visual anthropology students'. In Creativity and Cultural Improvisation, pp. 247-265.

Brick, E., 2020. 'Monsters'. In Monsters: A Companion, Peter Lang UK.

Brick, E., 2019. ''When Witches don't fight, we burn!': Relations between women, magic and violence in American Horror Story: Coven'. In unknown yet.


Waltering, S., 2020. 'Here/There'.

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Holt, J., 2020. 'The Great Bear'.

Holt, JC., 2019. 'Caught in the Fabric of World'.

Holt, J., 2019. 'Crossing'.

Duffy, J., 2019. 'The Lament'.

Holt, J., 2019. 'Uplands'.

Journal Articles

Grimshaw, A., Ravetz, A., 2021. 'Desenhar com uma câmera? Filme etnográfico e antropologia transformadora', GIS - Gesto, Imagem e Som - Revista de Antropologia, 6 (1).

Ravetz, A., Holmes, R., Ray, J., 2021. 'Spitting Open the Sky', CSA Lateral (ISSN 2469-4053).

Roy, A., Ravetz, A., Prest, M., 2020. 'Unsettling Narrative(s): Film Making as an Anthropological Lens on an Artist-Led Project Exploring LGBT Recovery from Substance Use', Anthropological Notebooks, 26.

Ravetz, A., 2019. 'On Reverie, Collaboration, and Recovery', Collaborative Anthropologies, 10 (1), pp. 45-66.

Hawley, S., 2019. 'War memorial: The Calling Blighty films and remembrance', Media, War & Conflict, 12 (3), pp. 263-280.


Holt, J., 2021. 'Audio-visual criticality: video essay as a tool to address diverse educational needs of filmmaking students', Media Education Summit, University of Leeds.

Holt, J., 2021. 'Imagined Village: a virtual creative collaboration between film students in the UK and the USA', Nottingham Trent University.

Holt, J., 2020. 'New narratives of labour and landscape in rural Northamptonshire: The Great Bear', Arts University Bournemouth.

Holt, J., 2020. 'The Great Bear and research in farming poetics', Working Together symposium on artistic research, Swedish Research Council.