School of Communication
Animation is a time-based form shared across screens that have recently become a lifeline for many. Our graduates’ works deal imaginatively and sensitively with contemporary issues using different technologies and creative media. They animate material-based textures of painting, drawing, illustration, puppetry and sculpture, digital tools and processes or mixed media. Works include mimetic narrative, playful abstraction, and expanded documentary methods enhanced by carefully considered sound design. In spite of the pandemic, most students honoured their original concepts, working creatively and imaginatively, overcoming ensuing constraints.
Themes this year include explorations of the self and identity politics, mind/body/environment relationships, existentialism and the absurd, cultural critiques of consumption, melancholic poetic reverie, incisive examinations and speculative paradigms of our rapidly changing world. Others charm or provide solace with witty narratives, fanciful observations of the everyday and celebrations of cultural diversity. Documentaries sensitively explore family issues and intergenerational conflicts. An immersive VR project invites experiences of memory, and a digital archive of imagined ‘rewilding’ creatures proposes eco-philosophical activism for future estuarine life.
RCA2020 presents works with compelling content expressed through confident and imaginative research, processes and experimentation. We welcome you to enter the unique aesthetic experiences of the imaginative worlds communicated through their creative visions.