The Crime Scene Motel Project

Criminology & Visual Art


The Crime Scene Motel Project examines a particular social site, the cheap motel room, as a setting for criminal transgression.

Drawing on ‘ghost criminology’ and a research methodology entwining autoethnography, the act of sleeping and visual arts, The Crime Scene Motel Project  contributes to spatial understandings of these private-but-publicly shared rooms as sites that lend themselves to crime events, have experienced criminal behaviour and remain charged with the traces of transgression. 

Crime Scene Motel exhibition: Scratch Art Space, Sydney 23 June – 3 July 2022: https://www.scratchartspace.com/crime-scene-motel/

The Crime Scene Motel Project


McKay, C (2022) Who’s been sleeping in my bed? Cheap motel rooms and transgression. In Fiddler, M, Linnemann, T & Kindynis, T, Ghost Criminology, New York University Press. 

Bosch, M & McKay, C (2019) Traumascapes https://livingroomtheatre.org/2019/09/traumascapes/


McKay, C (2019) Who’s been sleeping in my bed? Ghost Criminology Panel. American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, USA

McKay, C & Joyce, B (2019) trueTRUECRIMEcrime, performative lecture, The Violence Conference, Verona, Italy

McKay, C, Joyce, B & Lee, M (2019) trueTRUECRIMEcrime, performative lecture, ANZSOC Conference, Perth, WA

McKay, C (2020) The Crime Scene Motel: guesthouse or ghosthouse? European Society of Criminology Conference, Romania (online)

McKay, C (2020) Crime Scene Motel Project. Sydney Environment Institute, Sites of Violence Imagination Hole, University of Sydney

McKay, C (2021) The Aesthetics of Violence, panelist, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney


McKay, C (2021) The Dream Test collaboration with Jacques Emery, Jim Denley & Romy Caen, Bottled-Up Festival, curated by Michelle St Anne & Jacques Emery, East Sydney Community & Arts Centre



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