That which Transpires behind that which Appears



That which Transpires behind that which Appears: 

An immersive interaction


Sonics Immersive Media Labs

Goldsmiths University of London

St James Hatcham Building


Private View

THU 7 MARCH   6 to 10 PM



SAT 9 MARCH   11 AM to 2 PM

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TUE 5  – WED 6 MARCH   12 to 8 PM

THU 7 MARCH   12 to 5 PM

FRI 8 MARCH   12 to 8 PM

SAT 9 MARCH   2 to 8 PM


The Transpires exhibition and workshop showcases work by cinematographer Gerry McCullloch, design researcher and LDoc student Claire van Rhyn, and social sculptor Betsy McCall. A cross-institutional event, the exhibition brings together the Royal College of Art School of Communication and the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. The Transpires exhibition and workshop is hosted in the interdisciplinary Sonics Immersive Media Lab at Goldsmiths and forms part of the MCCS department’s 40th year anniversary celebrations. The event is further supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through LDoc (London Doctoral Design Centre).


The Transpires exhibition and associated workshop highlight advances in communication and social design research and exploratory cinematographic methods. The show investigates pre-verbal communication, with a particular focus on bodied modes of interaction between individuals and groups. This joint exhibition juxtaposes the aesthetic dynamics of pre-verbal communication alongside research on the practical application of such bodied modes of communication. The workshop introduces a series of collaborative improvisational activities as a participatory means of exploring the communication of sameness and difference in groups.


The exhibition includes Communicating Change by Claire van Rhyn. Communicating Change presents practice-led research in progress. It proposes the body as a crucial modality for supporting the communication of social change amongst members of a community. The research project is a cross-pollination between design and choreography. It applies an awareness-based,  participatory, and body-led approach to investigating communication for social change in groups, with a particular focus on educational futures.


Workshop | The body as modality for social change

This interactive workshop introduces the research behind Communicating Change and offers participants the opportunity to try out some collaborative improvisation activities – such as the eye-contact game which originally inspired Mirror 36. These semi-structured games create simple ‘ecologies’ in which participants make decisions on how to situate their actions, by attending to the awareness of their own experience and that of others. Through a participatory body-led approach participants will investigate the dynamics of social communication in groups.

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