is Watermans inaugural showcase of this year's
finest work by South Asian new media graduates.
It features six upcoming young creatives working
in a range of fields including animation, interactive
design, digital media arts, sound design and photography.
The exhibiting artists were selected for their
innovative use of new technology and ability to
present diverse views on everyday life.
showcase is designed to introduce the best of graduating new media
talent to London audiences, and to assist in developing relationships
between the graduates, creative partners and the cultural industry.
six artists are:
Gill animation graduate from Ravensbourne College is exhibiting
two short animation films In Between Breaths and Take 2.
Jain designer from the Royal College of Art, presents Yellow Chair
Mirza a fine art graduate from Central St Martins College of Art
& Design, exhibits Made You
Serra- Mohammed who trained in sound design at the London College
of Communication uses wireless camera technology and atmospheric
sound design for his film, Night Bus.
Sharma a graduate from Chelsea School of Art and Design visits
the Silent film era, through his work The Space Between Your Ears.
Sondhi a graduate in interactive media together with three other
collaborators from Middlesex University presents Life in Motion.
short romance, set in a Parisian Café, exploring the interaction
between strangers in public places. The thoughts of the two strangers
act out an almost telepathic role play, represented by the dreamlike
quality of the stop motion animation.
2' (2005) (2 mins)
Stop Motion Animation.
insight into the glamorous world of popular Indian Cinema or Bollywood.
Initial thoughts of the plot lead the viewer to predict the ending;
however an unexpected twist to the main character resolves the film.
Storytelling, environment and character design were the main aims
of this piece.
Gill is a resident of Hounslow graduated from Ravensbourne College
of Design & Communication, Animation Department. Her dissertation
subject was An exploration into the development of target
audiences for animation, from the 1930s to the present day.
She is skilled in 2D animation - basic walk cycles, character design,
3D modeling. She has worked as Assistant Producer (Animation) for
the BBC Hot Rocks Series.
Interactive Design and Film
WiFi network is open for neighbours and passers-by. Free access
from the yellow chair. By placing a sign with this message
in front yard of her home, along with a yellow chair, Anab Jain,
invited neighbours and passers-by to use her open wireless network
outside her house creating a live grass roots design
project which challenges the idea of open networks being largely
virtual and often impersonal.
a dialogue with people and making them participants in the development
of the design process was an important element of this project.
A documentary film and an accompanying book of the project illustrates
how a grass roots design approach can re-invent spaces
for conversations, at the threshold of the public and the private,
the physical and the electronic.
project also shows how the meaning of personal space and identity
changes when geographical and virtual spaces merge.
Jain, of Indian origin, graduated in Interaction Design from the
Royal College of Art. She is a 1st Prize winner of GMW Award
for Working Life, Design for our Future Selves Awards 2005,
Helen Hamlyn Research Centre for Inclusive Design, RCA, London.
Jains main interest is to explore the consequences and implications
of new and emerging technologies on everyday lives. People are the
'contexts' for her work, whether it is the design of services, products
Digital media & photography
images are purposely confrontational, says artist Aiysha Mirza,
whose work is concerned with race and identity of the young British
Muslim community. The physical size of the four images that make
up MADE YOU LOOK make it almost impossible to escape the gaze of
the woman covered up in a Palestinian kaffiyah. The images are aggressive
yet alluring. The eyes tell the viewer to read the individual as
a person and not by their own judgments or misconceptions. So by
placing a young Muslim in front of you, the artist, forces you to
recognize the image as being that of a British Muslim.
series was named after a pivotal track by rap artist Nas. These
photographs are politically charged, addressing issues of identity
and cultural misrepresentation by the mainstream media of young
British Muslims due to the current political climate.
am trying to capture the spirit of many young British Muslims as
they spoke to the public with out speaking through their eyes their
portraits spoke of how they felt. Most people try to avoid looking
into the eyes of a person... but when that photograph is in your
face and those eyes are staring at you.... you cannot escape the
questions, the aggression, the confidence, whatever the individual
wants you to understand, and undoubtedly his or her presence.
a Hounslow resident, graduated in fine arts from St Martins College
of Art & Design.
Sound and Moving Image Design
work represents a new wave of cutting edge guerrilla-style filmmaking.
Using wireless camera technology, Ibrahim traveled on a London bus
to Trafalgar Square on a Friday night to capture an aspect of London
nightlife. The resulting innovative and intriguing imagery combine
with an atmospheric sound track to reveal a shared yet individualistic
sense of city existence. Filmed before the 7/7 bombings, this film
provides a window into a London communal life that is now shattered.
Serra-Mohammed, from South London graduated in sound art and design
from the London College of Communication. Combining sound and moving
image Ibrahim produces extremely emotional work that generates certain
ambivalence, leaving viewer to create his/her own narratives. Besides
moving image and sound he also works with more complex digital devices
like striped down computers and bluetooth connectors to create installations
that could not only be appreciated for its aesthetic value, but
also be controlled and affected by their users. He has produced
a series of short movies, and has worked on numerous sound track
and web designs. He has collaborated and worked for Brockley Max
Festival which celebrates music, art, and the diverse culture in
the borough of Lewisham.
Cross Disciplinary Art
Sharma pays homage to the Silent film era in this work. In early
cinema, a musician would accompany the images on the screen with
live music. For the night of the private view, Amit will recreate
and modernise this forgotten experience. The short film itself is
shot on mobile phone thus through image maximizing our experience
of present. By using a live band, the music aspect of the film will
also be updated as the band will write music that is current to
this very moment.
always been intrigued by the ephemeral quality of an experience
and its decaying existence in/through memory, like fading smoke
trapped in a room, or a colour either dulling or becoming more vibrant
over time in memory. Keeping this idea in mind as a basic conceptual
framework for my current practice, I try to create moments of experience.
Sharma is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art and Design, Fine Art
and Design Department. He lives in Hounslow and his main interest
lies somewhere between sound, vision and performance. He has produced
improvised sound designs for theaters and dance performances. His
graduation piece was to compile a book with all his ideas entitled:
Fictional Stories for Fictional Art, now part of the collection
at the Chelsea College of Art and Design College Library in Pimlico.
(Location: Chelsea - Artists Book - 3 hour library use only Shelfmark:
Sohdhi with collaborators:
Seung Jae Black , Dimitrios Gasparidis Elisavet Kok kini di
interactive comic for teenagers aged 13 to 16, telling a comic book
style story that teaches several lessons on ways of behavior and
decision making, using a single Flash file presentation. LIFE IN
MOTION is the story of a teen skater boy, Joe, whose
life goes through various challenges that take him to different
paths of life. Participants can interact with Joe as he struggles
with choices and at the click of a mouse become a part of the story.
Statement: On scrutinizing several possibilities of creating
interactive experiences for a teenager, whilst being educational,
we thought the main issues were drugs, sex education and bullying.
We wanted to tell something to teenagers and what better way than
through a comic? But we also wanted it to be interactive. We decided
that we could add the interactivity by creating scenes inside the
comic - but having them inserted in the story in such a way that
the teenager would feel they were also a part of the story and be
able to participate actively.
Sondhi, Dimitrius Gasparidis, Elisavet Kokkinidi and Seung-Jae Back
are four individuals whose paths would never have crossed if it
weren't for their shared passion of design. Graphic design, computer
animation, illustrations, programming and a desire to express themselves
is the common thread that connects the four.
collective effort and valuable individual input enabled our team
to conceive this unique idea. Its social appeal coupled with an
attractive layout represents interactivity in its highest form.
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