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Excited to start animation at eOsphere, at Harwell Science Campus

This Autumn I will be joining the friendly team at eOsphere, a remote sensing company based in the Space Cluster at Harwell Science Campus. eOsphere use satellite imaging to monitor environmental factors such as ice flow, droughts, deforestation and oil spills.

I am very interested in the crossover of science and art and I look forward to seeing what the collaboration can achieve. And also to using the expression “Space Cluster” as often as possible.

Thanks to Nick and Dominic at eOsphere for taking me on and for trying out something completely different! I can’t wait to see what comes out of the project.

Introducing: “So I Danced Again…” Trailer

Now that our time at the RCA is over, I have the pleasure of finally releasing the trailer to my graduation film “So I Danced Again…”.

The film embraces the act of listening. It is a search for meaning; a dance through our chaotic world of meaningful/meaningless sounds.

I began the project with an experimental documentary methodology, researching and interviewing people about their relationship with music and dance. This included a researcher into movement, dance and empathy, a music therapist, a researcher into the psychological effects of drumming groups, a spiritual dancer and contact dancer. It seemed to me that all these people were studying something intrinsically human. This non-verbal language that we all naturally speak became my focus.

My intention was to remain open to change as the project developed. I found that the project took the form of a search for meaning, and just as I was trying to work out what the film was about, so were my interviewees trying to work out what it was about music that effects us so strongly.

My uncertainty in the quest became a large element of the film. I started to think that perhaps if we were able to listen closely enough, the non-verbal voice of music and sound might become verbal, and that this voice would be able to tell us the answer. As I continued to research and experiment, I realised that I don’t believe there is any answer, and also that it doesn’t bother me much at all. Music is wonderful and dancing is fun so even if there are no answers, let’s just enjoy it!

I experimented with the visuals in order to encourage a way of listening that is non-verbal. I used visual rhythms in pattern and editing to highlight repetitions in the speech. This was to draw the viewer away from the cognitive experience of the words and into a freer enjoyment of the musical nature of the speech.

As part of our exhibition I created a separate website to display and explain some of my research:

https://soidancedagain.wordpress.com/

 

“Of The Apple” screened at Melbourne International Animation Festival

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My first year film from the RCA, Of The Apple, was played at MIAF (Melbourne International Animation Festival) as part of a screening named “Nudity in Animation” which I appreciate greatly. Something else I appreciate greatly is the film being played alongside beautiful Alice de Barrau’s Lying Belly. A truly talented woman that the world misses. Other extremely talented RCA alumni Josh Saunders, Oscar Lewis, Joana Silva and Sophie Markatatos also had their graduation films screened at MIAF. It’s great to think how far away our films can spread. Hopefully they will make their way home too one day.

Thank you very much MIAF!

http://miaf.net/2017/thursday/

“Of The Apple” screened at Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival

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Of The Apple was recently screened as part of the student programme at Monstra Animated Film Festival, alongside my incredible classmates Yuriko Ogawa and Marta Reis Andrade. This is my first year film from the RCA. Were it not for the second year film sapping all the time and life out of me I would have definitely gone to visit Monstra Film Festival – there was so much great stuff being screened.

Thank you so much Monstra, I’m very grateful for Monstra being the first official festival screening for my film Of The Apple!

http://www.monstrafestival.com/student-program-1/