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Craft and Design
Media / Communication Studies
I work as an artist, filmmaker, writer and a university lecturer in animation and media practice. I hold a PhD from the Royal College of Art, where I researched the tactile language of the moving image. I teach film and animation theory and practice at the University of Westminster and am also a research coordinator at the Royal College of Art, animation department. Previous positions have included a visiting lectureship at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and University of Bedfordshire. I am also the founder of Art in Touch, an international tactile arts network, and co-founder and co-editor of Artesian, a journal for committed creativity, featuring the writings of John Berger, Don DeLillo amongst many others.
I have exhibited my work widely and continue to do so. The most recent shows include an exhibition entitled Every Mother and Every Daughter, for Kingsgate Gallery, London, featuring a film, photography and assemblages (November 2012) and a group exhibition, Just Under the Surface, which took place at the Crypt Gallery, London (2011), as the first event organized by Art in Touch. I also present and discuss my work at various international conferences, such as the Bauhaus Universitat Weimar, Germany, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, Aalto University, Finland as well as many UK universities.
My films, which have been shown at a number of international film festivals, include Red Riding Hood (2012), Melusine, (2010), a collaboration with the award-winning filmmaker Grant Gee and The Perpetual (2010), with an original score by the acclaimed sound artist Scanner, which can be seen on the dedicated creative website for last year's TURBINE HALL Commission by TACITA DEAN. I further collaborated with Scanner on video installation Nameless Wood (2011), shown as part of Just Under the Surface show. I was one of the winners of Untold London, resulting in a development of her own short documentary, which was screened on BBC London in 2005, and recently also the winner of Debut Contemporary, PhD category (2012).
My photographs were published in Railtracks (2011), a collaborative dialogue between the writers John Berger and Anne Michaels and illustrated book for children, The Story of Violet, became the Czech representative of a pan-European Children's Literature event at London's Topolski Centre in 2010. My short stories, reviews and illustrations have been published in Vertigo magazine, to which I contributed as a regular writer and illustrator, Artesian, FO A RM (New York) as well as many other publications.
I have a 10 year experience of teaching university students in art departments (BA, MA and PhD level). Currently I am based at the Royal College of Art and University of Westminster, and previously I have also taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and University of Bedfordshire.
In terms of theoretical focus my work involves the following:
- Selecting areas of focus in terms of area history and subject specific issues.
- Identifying relevant and current academic sources and screening materials.
- Defining the learning outcomes and the nature of the academic activities that will take place in these modules, so as to scaffold the academic progression of students.
- Designing guidelines for module leaders, so that they may integrate academic activities in their modules.
- Designing Module briefs
- Designing the Critical Portfolio assignments.
At Level 6 (3rd year students), I have sole responsibility for:
- Designing a series of class activities for guiding and developing the practice-based research processes of students. These activities' address half of the Module's Learning Outcomes, and aim to scaffold learning in the areas of:
- Research methods.
- Articulating a Research question.
- Reflective analysis of practice based outcomes.
Assessments and marking of dissertations
On a practical level I help the students to articulate their ideas, help them to define concepts, intentions, modes and techniques of delivering the final outcome.
I guide my students through the different stages of script development, storyboarding, animatics, production and post-production.
On A PhD level I am currently training to be a supervisor, which includes guiding students through a more independent process of study.
My technical skills include filming, animation and editing (Final Cut Pro X), as well as installation work with video projectors.
My approach to teaching encourages creativity, inventiveness and curiosity to explore new concepts and areas. I also help to develop independent thinking, which, I believe, is absolutely vital for success in life.
I help students to identify possible ideas and define them with more clarity. I help to structure their output, be it a theoretical essay or a moving image work, or a still photographic image.
I believe that technical skills are vital but they should only be used as tools for expressing content, and should therefore be subordinated to the idea.
That said I do also encourage simple playfulness and experimentation. I have conducted a number of workshops with my students, to help them get unstuck and generate new ideas. Some of these have been based on the old surrealist methods of free association and play.
My other area of expertise lies in bridging theory and practice, in a form of "artistic research", a method which is increasingly being used at universities and art colleges not only in the UK, but internationally.
As stated above, I am currently training to be a PhD supervisor.
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