Tracking the Moving Image, Mapping the Screen: News



Rachel Moore, 3-D Yesterday and Today:  Technologies of Immersion from the Panorama to 3-D, Birkbeck, 14 June 2013

Chris Berry, Shanghai's Public Screen Culture: Dancing Under the Screenlight at Pentagon Plaza.” Media and Asian Globalization: China and India, 1977 – Present. New York University, 30 March 2013.


Chris Berry (with Janet Harbord and Rachel Moore) “Public Screens, Public Spaces.” Media/City: New Spaces, New Aesthetics. Triennale di Milano, 7 June 2012.

Chris Berry, "Dancing Under the Screenlight: Researching Public Screens and Consumption in Shanghai." University of Sussex, School of Media, Film and Music. 9 May 2012, and University of Oslo 31 May 2012.

Chris Berry, "Public Screens." Visual Cultures Now forum, Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 March 2012.

October 2010, Research Reports

Further research on specific site was conducted. The material about the observation of Screens in St. Pancras International station and Edware Road can be found in the research reports.

Related Project

Hong Kong artist Anson Mak and her colleagues have developed an
interactive map based "online sanctuary" to keep audio and visual traces
of the Kwun Tung neighborhood before it is developed:

Research Trip to Shanghai, March 2010

Chris Berry just got back from Shanghai, which was busy with preparations
for the Shanghai World Expo. Check his research
for more than 20 days of
walks, including the Shanghai South Railway Station
and quiet residential neighbourhoods.

New Research Associate 10 March 2010

Amal Khalaf has joined the Screen Project to work on Cairo. Amal is
originally from Bahrain. She holds an MA in Visual Cultures from
Goldsmiths, and has been working as an art curator. She has previously
been associated with the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, and most recently has
been working for the Serpentine Gallery here in London.

Research Trip to Cairo, March 2010

Chris Berry and Amal Khalaf have just returned from a research trip to
Cairo. They arrived on 26 February. Chris returned on 3 March, and Amal on
8 March. During the trip, the three primary research sites were decided as
the Turgoman bus station (previously walked by Kay Dickinson); the 6
October Panorama; and the City Stars Mall. Chris Berry's diaries will be
posted shortly, and new maps, walks, and other details will follow.

Research Group showcase, 1 March 2010

The Public Screens Research Group aims to showcase departmental postgraduate research projects in related areas. This is the first in what we hope will be a regular series.
1. Zlatan Krajina: How to Tame the Sun: Visual Indulgences at a Screen-Place as Strategies of Appropriation
2. Kenzie Burchill  Sharing Context in an Era of Convergence: The Mediation of Presence and Privacy 
3. Gabriel Menotti Gonring:  Public Screens, Loci of Activity
Venue: Small Hall, a.k.a. Cinema, RHB Time: 5 - 7 p.m.


Chris Berry talks at Oxford University, 4 February 2010

Chris Berry will give a talk entitled "Wuijiaochang/Pentagon
Plaza: Public Screens and Everyday Enchantment in Contemporary Shanghai"
as part of the Contemporary China Studies Programme Seminars at the
Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford.


Pilot Project: "Walking the city", December 2009

The projects team has completed its "Screenwalks" in London, Cairo and Shanghai. For more information follow their trail here

Research Diary, October 2009

Chris Berry has been keeping a research diary as he visits Shanghai
for the project.

Kay Dickinson

Kay Dickinson has recently returned from a research trip to Egypt where she carried out detailed observations of sites for the project: the Cairo Museum and the Turgoman Bus Station and Mall.

Dr. Pasi Valiaho 'On Cinematic Gestures', 27 April 2009, Goldsmiths

Working through the trick films of early cinema, we can see how the then new medium of moving images started as a particular type of corporeal modulation. Sudden dislocations, metamorphoses, corporeal decompositions, tics and jerks in the style of Georges Méliès bear witness to how the cinema captured the dynamics of our gestures - gestures which organize the world into meaningful patterns and establish psychic consistency. This talk addresses the affective, technological and political forces that the cinema thus implemented, and still continues to mobilize, in its aesthetics.

Public Screens Research Group

The Public Screens Research Group exists to host outside speakers and provide a forum for faculty and research students to present work on public screens, screen and film studies, and related areas of interest.

The Public Screens Research Group responds to a convergence of media forms and platforms of delivery. As the interface for the extensive exercise of choice, the computer occupies an iconic position. Yet the computer is but one mode of distribution and access to media, which apparently enable increasing opportunities to personalise the relationship to culture. As individualised modes of screen culture have grown, screens have proliferated in public space; from the back of aeroplane seats to the ubiquity of electronic screens in city centres.

We see three key frames through which to examine the transformation of distinct cultural forms and practices. First, what are the new modes of dissemination of screen cultures, and how do they impact on and constitute our understanding of public and private space? Second, what is the effect of convergence on forms of screen culture itself? How is the narrative and auratic form of film, and the immediate and sequential axes of television, affected by new modes of dissemination; and what new hybrid cultures are produced? Third, what forms of engagement do we have with screen culture, and how does it transform our perception of what is real and what is fictional, of what is proximate and distant, of what is present and past?

Through our activities we hope to create a forum for the presentation of research on and debate about these questions.

To be put on a mailing list for notices about the group's forthcoming events, please email Chris Berry at c.berry (

Public Lecture: Dangerous Modulations: Grace Jones' Corporate Cannibal

Monday 16 March 2009, Goldsmiths
(Prof. Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University, Michigan)

Grace Jones has always been a transgressive figure, confounding boundaries between male and female, and between black and white. But in her recent song and video "Corporate Cannibal" -- which marks her return to the arena of popular culture for the first time in nearly twenty years -- she pushes the transformations of her persona to a new extreme, addressing both the radical potentialities of the new digital media, and the increasing depredations of neoliberal capitalism.

Steven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of “The Cinematic Body” (1993), “Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism” (1997), “Connected, Or, What It Means To Live In the Network Society” (2003), and “Without Criteria: Kant Whitehead, Deleuze and Aesthetics” (forthcoming, 2009), as well as numerous essays about film, video and new media, comics, science fiction, cultural theory, and contemporary American popular culture. He blogs at The Pinocchio Theory.

Screen Group member Chris Berry recently took part in the “Narrascape: Urban Environment as Narrative System in the UK and China” workshop at Cambridge University. The event was highly inter-disciplinary and, alongside talks, incorporated a wide range of screenings.

The Screen Group have been conducting weekly research walks -observing the various use of the screen-throughout London as part of their pilot project.

So far, we have visited King's Cross-St.Pancras, Brent Cross shopping centre (where we were forbidden from taking photos pretty soon upon arrival), the Science Museum and Bromley-by-Bow (including Three Mills film and TV studio).

We have noticed a wide variety of screen usage: as advertising space; as sites for informational material (from Sky News footage, to interactive programming in museums); as commodities; and as part of surveillance technology systems utilized by both the public and the private sectors.

Photo gallery
King cross foyer St. Chad's street
housing block
Security camera outside Shopping centre
Science Museum Science Museum    

Gabriel Menotti has now arrived at Goldsmiths and started up his Leverhulme-funded PhD studentship with us.

Gabriel will be researching what he calls low impedance cinema, a particular kind of highly participative environment favored by digital media and through which the authority and conventional film grammar lose their density.

Examples include the practices of scratch-video, anime fansubbers and live audiovisual performances. In order to carry out these investigations, Gabriel will be exploring the circuits of audiovisual production, distribution and exhibition as expanded apparatuses and interfaces between moving images and different spaces and audiences, all of which inevitably mutate their meaning and value.

For a sense of the kind of screen-generated work that Gabriel was curating in Sao Paulo before coming to the UK, please visit this link.