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Ms Rachel Davies

Senior Lecturer / Graphic Design / Moving Image

About

A valued member of the graphic design team for 20 years, I have honed the moving image teaching programme across all three years, developing it from TV ident production towards diverse and hybrid moving image practices that draw on documentary, music video, promo, experimental film and immersive installation.

Moving image is an ever more relevant part of a graphic designer's portfolio and the boundaries are increasingly fluid. My emphasis is on concept and craft over technique, and collaboration over authorship.I enjoy drawing directly from my own broad practice and continued professional experience to inform my teaching philosophy. Whether a brief is to persuade or not, a fledgling designer needs to have a working understanding of context and style in order to be able to fully exploit the devices of the medium in a sophisticated and original way.

In order to find new ways of telling old stories to audiences numbed by the noise of television and social media we take cues from artists' film and the avant-garde and apply them to a contemporary and future-facing situation, the graphics context gives the freedom to invent with a healthy disregard for definitions and conventions.

An exploratory and fearless collaborative process is often a route to discovering an original form emerging from a need to communicate in a fast changing world to a particular audience in a particular context in a particular way.

Areas of specialism

  • creative documentary
  • dance film
  • video projection in performance
  • collaborative practices
  • community video
  • artist's film

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Qualifications

  • MA (RCA) Animation
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art

Professional membership

Young Vic Community Theatre Ambassador

Research

I am an international award-winning filmmaker with 25 years of experience. My work spans creative documentary, immersive interactive environments, artist's film, theatre / dance collaborations, and TV promo.

With a background in Fine Art and MTV, my work is human, collaborative, creatively and technically innovative; engaging a wide audience in response to a range of social, cultural and aesthetic situations. My films are in international collections and have been screened and broadcast in festivals and on television around the world.

I employ both seductive and distancing devices and a collision of media to engage and gently challenge audiences within personal and human stories. I hone the communicative possibilities of collaboration and filmic hybridity within screen and/or live settings, embracing new and interactive technologies. Dissemination is within an intentionally broad context from art film cinema, theatre to primetime television broadcast. 

Publications

Number of items: 17.

Conference or Workshop Item

Barber, Stephen [Speaker], Davies, Rachel [Speaker], Horrocks, Chris [Speaker], Mancke, Carol [Speaker] and Maude-Roxby, Alice [Speaker] (2009) The art of intervention: Kingston University responses: Japanese mob. In: The art of intervention: critical perspectives on the intersections of private and public memory; 14 Feb 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Exhibition

Davies, Rachel (2004) A time and a place. A time and a place. , 1 - 23 Dec 2004 , Kingston-upon-Thames, UK.

Moving Image/Broadcast

Davies, Rachel and Saul, Daniel (2016) 1001 books. (Film).

Davies, Rachel and Saul, Daniel (2016) Winter. (Film).

Davies, Rachel [Artist] and H2Dance, [Dancer] (2012) Say something. (Film installation with live performance).

Davies, Rachel [Artist], Silvestrini, Luca [Choreographer] and Protein Dance Theatre, [Artist] (2011) LOL (lots of love). (Video design/projection in live performance).

Davies, Rachel [Artist] and Barrowland Ballet, [Dancer] (2011) A conversation with Carmel. (Video design and projection within live dance performance).

Davies, Rachel [Artist], Silvestrini, Luca [Choreographer] and Protein Dance Theatre, [Artist] (2008) Dear Body. (Video design/projection in live performance).

Davies, Rachel [Artist] (2007) The assembly. (Film installation).

Davies, Rachel and Gillgren, Hannah (2004) Gold. (DVD).

Davies, Rachel and Parkes, J (2001) 3 minute birth. (Dance and spoken film).

Davies, Rachel [Artist] (2000) Tales of the expected. (Video / animation).

Davies, Rachel [Artist] and Woods, Sarah [Collaborator] (1999) Trips. (Video / animation).

Davies, Rachel [Creator] (1998) Dividing line. (Video).

Davies, Rachel [Artist] (1998) Series of poetry and dance shorts for television. (animation).

Performance/Live Event

Davies, Rachel [Artist] (2013) They tuck you up your Mum and Dad.

Davies, Rachel [Artist] (2010) The light garden. Devised participatory theatre incorporating interactive light and video installation.

This list was generated on Mon Oct 23 04:36:09 2017 BST.
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