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With 20 years on the graphic design team, I have honed the Moving Image teaching programme, developing it from TV ident production towards diverse and hybrid moving image practices; drawing on documentary, music video, promo, experimental film and immersive installation. My emphasis is on concept and craft over technique, and collaboration over authorship whilst my own practice and continued professional experience informs my teaching philosophy.
Moving image is an ever more relevant part of a graphic designer's portfolio and the boundaries increasingly fluid and I believe a fledgling designer needs to have a working understanding of context and style in order 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 information overload, we take cues from artists' film and the avant-garde and apply them to contemporary and future-facing situations.
Senior Lecturer / Graphic Design / Moving Image
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.
Davies, Rachel and Saul, Daniel (2020) Chandini (A Bride for the Moon). In: Earnshaw, Rae , Liggett, Susan , Excell, Peter and Thalmann, Daniel, (eds.) Technology, design and the arts : opportunities and challenges. Cham, Switzerland : Springer. pp. 251-270. (Springer Series on Cultural Computing) ISSN (print) 2195-9056 ISBN 9783030420963
Davies, Rachel [Artist] (2014) Rachel Davies, fact and fiction: filmaker in progress. In: Museums at night; 15 May 2014, London, U.K..
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)