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 - Jenny Holt

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


Daniels, C., 2023. Is there anybody there?, HOME, 17/2/2023 - 4/6/2023.


Jackson, D., Courneya, M., Heys, T., 2024. 'Listening In: How Audio Surveillance became Artificial Intelligence', Bloomsbury Academic.

Rambarran, S., Halligan, B., Fairclough, K., 2022. 'Diva Feminism and Fierceness from Pop to Hip-hop'.

Fairclough, K., Wood, J., 2022. 'Pop Stars on Film Popular Culture in a Global Market', Bloomsbury.

Book Chapters

Fairclough, K., 2023. 'Hold Up: Mapping the Boundaries between Music Video and Video Art'. In Dreckmann, K., Vomberg, E. (eds.) More Than Illustrated Music Aesthetics of Hybrid Media Between Pop, Art and Video, Bloomsbury.

Thomas, M., MacLeod, S., 2022. 'Everyday life in a heritage village: film as a process of research and engagement'. In The Everyday in Visual Culture Slices of Lives, Routledge.

Holt, J., 2022. 'Labour & Landscape in Rural Northamptonshire'. In Art & the Rural Imagination, More than Ponies.

Drake, P., 2021. 'Critical and cultural?'. In McDonald, P. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media Industries, pp. 96-106, Routledge.

Baines, J., Haut, B., 2021. 'Misbehaving Materials'. In Film Talks 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema.

Faulkner, S., Guy, H., Vis, F., 2021. 'Right-wing populism, visual disinformation, and Brexit: From the UKIP 'Breaking Point' poster to the aftermath of the London Westminster bridge attack'. In The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism, pp. 198-208, Routledge.

Heys, T., 2021. 'The Black Ecstasy of Guantánamo Bay'. In Chartier, D., Lund, KA., Jóhannesson, GT. (eds.) Darkness. The Dynamics of Darkness in the North, pp. 65-86, Montréal and Reykjavik, Imaginaire du Nord and University of Iceland.


Thomas, M., England, M., Brook, R., Csepely-Knorr, L., 2022. 'Cooling Down (Film)'.

Dunn, L., 2022. 'Underrepresented Voices in Cinema & Creative Producing // A Deal With The Universe'.

Journal Articles

Mee, D., Jackson, D., 2022. ''Imagine talking about politics in a kids' game': Making sense of #BLM in Nintendo's Splatoon 2', Visual Communication, 21 (3), pp. 489-504.

Fairclough, K., Alleyne, M., 2022. 'OLD SIGNS, NEW TIMES--THE VIEW FROM 2022: A SPECIAL ISSUE ON PRINCE. American Music Perspectives, Volume 2 Issue 1', American Music Perspectives, 2 (1).

Alleyne, M., Fairclough, K., 2022. 'Special Issue: 'Dream Factories: Prince, Sign o' the Times, Box Sets and Cultural Artefacts'', Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 12 (2-3), pp. 139-144.

Jackson, D., Latham, A., 2022. 'Talk to The Ghost: The Storybox methodology for faster development of storytelling chatbots', Expert Systems with Applications, 190, pp. 116223-116223.

Courneya, M., Jackson, D., McKinley, R., 2022. 'Talking with a Virtual Human: Transdisciplinary Design Considerations for Speech-based Interaction in the Audience with a Hero Project', Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 23 (1).

Brannon, L., Gold, L., Magee, J., Walton, G., 2022. 'The Potential of Interactivity and Gamification Within Immersive Journalism & Interactive Documentary (I-Docs) to Explore Climate Change Literacy and Inoculate Against Misinformation', Journalism Practice, 16 (2-3), pp. 334-364.

Holt, J., 2021. 'Designing filmmaking: shaping first-year curriculum for transition, progression and effective collaboration', Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 20 (2), pp. 185-200.

Conference Papers

Holt, J., 2021. ''Rainforest restoration in the Scottish Highlands: practice-led film research', eco-media lll, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

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., Baron, R., 2021. 'Imagined Village: a virtual creative collaboration between film students in the UK and the USA', GLAD Higher Education conference: Responding-Reframing-Rethinking, Nottingham Trent University.


Sibley, J., Fairclough, K., 2022. 'Digital Events Academy - A music venues' pivot to digital: A story of music, collaboration and learning during the global pandemic', Manchester.

Other Outputs

Penny, D., 2021. 'A Fallen Line of Marble Drums'.

Penny, D., 2021. 'Whetstone'.