a material space

Screens are everywhere. From the mobile phone in your hand to the computer you’re viewing now, these display surfaces have saturated our world. As digital screens get smaller, thinner, and even flexible, they recede further into the background becoming more omnipresent, but also more invisible. While seemingly immaterial and self-effacing, this research aims to bring our attention back to the screen.

Screen as____ is an ongoing suite of experiments that adapt modern technology in unusual ways to create new perspectives on screens and screen practice. Through processes of deconstructing, defamiliarising and reconfiguring, this research speculates on new relationships to the technology. As a primary tool for design practitioners, the screen facilitates communication. While it is essential to understand what is being communicated, it is also imperative to understand the medium being used to do so. The screen is not only a display device but also a sophisticated material space.

Navigating the Website

Thematically and chronologically:

Click on the side menu to view the experiments thematically and chronologically in an order that mirrors the trajectory of my discoveries. Oldest at the top and newest at the bottom.


Click on snapshot to experiments grouped through tags which describe attributes such as process, outcome or visual style.


Click on the thematics (deconstructing, defamiliarising, reconfiguring) to explore experiments in sub-themes.


Project by Joanna Shuen.

This research through design project was completed as part of my final Honours year in Visual Communication Design at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

2020 AGDA Awards Student Craft Photography / Distinction