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 - Jenny Holt

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


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.

Adkins, LB., Duffy, N., Nicolson, M., 2018. 'Extreme Views'., Art Gene Gallery, 11/2018 - 3/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. 209 Women, Palace of Westminster, London, 14/12/2018 - 28/2/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Beyond the Camera V, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2018 - 25/12/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. China Conversation, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 6/4/2018 - 17/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital from V&A and RPS Collections, V&A New Photography Centre, V&A Museum, London, 12/10/2018 - 4/9/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Feast for the Eyes, FOAM Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21/12/2018 - 3/3/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Feast for the Eyes, curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, USA, 13/6/2018 - 18/9/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Graduate Photography from MMU, International Photography Exhibition, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China, 29/5/2018 - 9/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2018. Kate and Guilbert: A Collaboration, TRACE Shed, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, 23/6/2018 - 8/7/2018.

Feuerhelm, B., Christia, N., 2018. The Family Of No Man - Time Capsule, Picter Online Exhibition, 2/7/2018.


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.

Adkins, L., Duffy, N., 2018. 'Notes for a Performance - Weather Permitting', Art Gene Gallery, 5/4/2019.


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., Kettle, A., Felcey, H., 2020. 'In the Bee Hive: Valuing Craft in the Creative Industries'. In Blain, M., Minors, HJ. (eds.) Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration, Palgrave.

Brick, E., 2020. 'Monsters of Masculinity - Warlocks: AHS Apocalypse'. In Monsters: A Companion, Peter Lang.

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

Adkins, L., 2018. 'Notes for a Performance - (Re) visioning a Smoky Meeting'. In PAGES - The Library, Wild Pansy Press - Leeds University.

Brick, E., 2018. 'Spellbound: The Significance of Spellbooks in the depiction of Witchcraft on Screen'. In Miller, C., Van Riper, AB. (eds.) Terrifying Texts: Essays on Books of Good and Evil in Horror Cinema, McFarland.

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.


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

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.

Ravetz, A., Gregory, H., 2018. 'Black gold: trustworthiness in artistic research (seen from the sidelines of arts and health)', Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 3-4 (43), pp. 348-371.

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.


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