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MDes in Graphics/​Illustration/​Photography

The work in this showcase presents an exciting and engaging series of projects from this year’s international cohort of graduating students from the MDes 1 year programme. Providing an insight into the Department of Communication Design’s ethos in relation to the continually evolving disciplines of graphics, illustration and photography the students have based their practice in both traditional and emergent fields. The featured work addresses a diverse range of themes and issues which challenge and reflect our social, cultural, historical and political fabric with irreverence and wit, innovation and creativity, care and sincerity. With much of the work being produced through the prism of lockdown and under the shadow of a global pandemic their achievements are to be celebrated. Indeed, these graduates will enter an evolving professional environment equipped with problem-solving skills and reflective tools which will enable them to adapt with agility to a changing and challenging world.

A Microworld: an Ornamental Filament Contaminates the Surface

Poster and publication realised as the outcome for the last project related to moulds and science. The whole project can be seen as a metaphor for the moulds’ growth. The aim of the project is to make people look at moulds not just as waste, but as the natural and organic form of art they are. The poster is made of satin and there is a central embroidery, hand made. The publication is inspired by laboratory notebook, pieces of record every researcher and scientist write while experimenting. The booklet shows how the fake embroidered moulds grew on satin as if they were real and alive.

Daily Compulsions. The Dialogue Between Flatmates

Publication about the designer and her flatmate F's most personal behaviours, habits, and daily life obsessions. The book describes these private moments through pictures and small texts, written by the graphic designer and her flatmate. The publication is divided into three part: the first one analyses F’s obsessions, the middle one shows the apartment they shared, and the last one is about Giorgia’s own daily rituals.

Anonymous Objects Series

A Series of three small publications. The project aims to rethink about three common objects: receipts, price tags, and transportation tickets by scanning, cutting and using parts of them to create something meaningful and new. The project focuses on letters, numbers, and glyphs’ manipulation which are present on the printed objects themselves.

THE AMAZON IS ON FIRE

Publication Size 9.9mm * 21mm ,Using marks left by the fire as a visual language

THE CHINESE VERSION

Statistics show that in 2018, Hong Kong and China accounted for the first and second-largest share of Brazilian beef exports, accounting for 24% and 19% respectively. In this context, I think it is necessary to make the Chinese version of The Amazon is On Fire. Revision of The Chinese version on Layout Chinese fonts are more complex than English fonts, so the font size has been changed change the font from 11PT to 12PT for ease of reading.

“森” is Chinese. It means forest. “森” is made by three characters----” 木”. ” 木” means trees. In ancient times, the creator put three characters of the tree together and turn to a character that is forest.

Confronting the veils

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, my whole world was turned upside down and like most people, I have had to work remotely and live largely in isolation for several months. For photographers stuck inside, especially for photographers interested in fashion, like me, this was a big problem in that, I would have to completely reframe my practice. Initially, I was very anxious and nervous, I was so confused and I couldn’t imagine how I could create something related to fashion within my tiny room. I was overwhelmed by the situation and it seemed impossible for me to make work without a studio and photography equipment like a tripod and lighting. I did not have anyone to collaborate with, no models, makeup artists or stylists. I needed to find a way to make work and find a way to use myself as a model and the subject of my photographs. Whilst I am not a shy person, I’m not an extrovert either - my preference is to be behind the camera not in front of it. I needed to overcome my fears and put my insecurities to one side and find a way forward. As I made my first tentative steps towards self-portraiture, I began to slowly find an effective way of working. My room became my stage and my studio and I became a performer. I adopted a persona that explored different characters that in turn became the subject of my photographs. I found a way to embrace my fears, anxiety and loneliness and absorb the psychological pressure and position it within my image making. I used my body with domestic objects as props, appendages and decoration to express my inner struggle with self-isolation, social distancing and the wider world of lockdown. I played with themes associated with, barriers, distance separation and behind the masks and veils, I found a way to make work and in my own way confront the challenges of this global pandemic.

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Don't Forget There's More

A countries development and welfare are being evaluated with only one indicator - the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The only way for a company to be successful and rewarded is following one goal - Profit. The purpose of the economy to serve people‘s welfare is being overshadowed by growth. The chase after this has in fact helped society to overcome many challenges but it has also resulted in the climate crisis, the largest gap between rich and poor that ever existed, and other impasses; and is now more than obsolete. Redefining success and specifying indicators that reflect the real welfare of our system is crucial for shifting the economy away from the chase that fuels the climate crisis and is not serving a long-term vision. That requires zooming out, turning around, and internalising that, where now is only one way, there lie many other and better possibilities. “Don’t Forget, There’s More” aims to create a sense of these turnarounds, using metaphors in order to help the growth of attachment towards the greatness of change and possibilities.

Reshaping Realities

>For Growing Welfare<

Reshaping Realities also addresses the need for different goals in our economic system. Getting there requires rethinking the entire system and shifting perspectives away from the known and towards imagination. It investigates those possibilities by modifying ordinary objects into a new purpose and meaning.

>For Approaching Goals Differently<

>For Taking Care Of Every Sector<

>For Measuring What Counts<

>For Looking Beyond<

An Endless Line Is A Circle, Not A Line

Since the days of industrialisation our economy model has hardly changed: it still follows the pattern “take-make-dispose” - a linear model of resource consumption. In the face of the climate crisis, fired by the current culture of consumerism, it is hard to believe that this is evolving only very slowly. In order to produce products and services environmentally friendly the “take”-“dispose” simply have to be connected - creating a circular economy. It replaces the “end-of-life” concept with regeneration and restoration, staying within planetary boundaries. An Endless Line Is A Circle, Not A Line explores the concept of the circular economy, the vision of transformation, circularity, and energy flow in abstract drawings.

Exploration Imagination

With these experimental drypoint etchings I explored the possibilities of imagination that lies within the creation of new forms, landscapes and atmospheres.

Milo's Discovery

This picture book for children was a project I pursued on the side, just for the sake of enjoying illustration. The pictures shown here are a selection of more. In collaboration with Katherine Wright (Text).

II. in touch

A found footage film. Composed of videos stored in my phone library of skin-to-skin contact in the time before social distancing and Covid-19 and interviews with people in different places on their lives during the pandemic, talking about touch - or lack thereof. Music by Nicolo Traini and Toby Withers.

III. where the light comes in

Two weeks in four walls, with only light for company.

On return to London just before lockdown, I self-isolated to protect the vulnerable people in my home - down the road from King’s College Hospital. Light became a marker of time: sun streaks punctuated the day, while the blue of ambulances streamed in at night. I made a ritual of photographing where light fell in the morning. This culminated in an A4 publication.

IV. INSOMNIA

An experimental short film by Nina Klaff and Pauline Levy. Voiceover: Nina Klaff. Music: Jamiro den Enting.

V. STAGED: A moving portrait

A moving portrait of a father, by his daughter. Starring Jack Klaff as himself and others. With music by Toby Withers and Vivaldi.

Footage | age of the foot

The publication Footage | age of the foot offers an introduction to the world of feet through the contributors’ and my interpretation – which is a limited interpretation that results from choices I’ve made, and discussions I’ve had, and could be supplemented in the future. Serious articles balance absurd and entertaining visual contents. They are ordered through objects feet-related, sorted alphabetically. This experimental magazine uses different visual languages and plays alternatively with posters’ layout and newspapers’ layout. To “jump” in this world of feet, visit the website https://footageageofthefoot.cargo.site/ or order a copy of the magazine by dropping me an email to plev00.pro@gmail.com.

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Visit the website: https://footageageofthefoot.cargo.site/

Gathering tomorrow

After months of lockdown and uncertainty for the future, the idea of gathering is one of the main issue. “How are we experiencing movement restriction, social distancing, isolation, slowness, quietness, emptiness, and fear? What's our take on human-nature relationship? What philosophical insights can we draw from this peculiar moment in our modern history?” (from A Dance Mag). The performance Gathering tomorrow focuses on the atmosphere of a gathering after lockdown, on the idea of being allowed to stand, to be on our feet to meet and dance again. Above, a score of the dance is presented as a baseline before collaborating with dancers. The publication shows some visual references and some drawings of movements to understand the framework of the dance, split into 5 parts. This interactive zine is meant to be used by dancers who can write and draw on it to add any relevant suggestion. In the future, the performance will be filmed to create a video as a final outcome.

Insomnia

An experimental short film by Nina Klaff and Pauline Levy. Voiceover: Nina Klaff. Music: Jamiro den Enting.

Pictionary during isolation

A poster made with some drawings from Skribbl, an online Pictionary, played during isolation. In collaboration with Nina Klaff and Giorgia Tonolo.

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Selected works

"Unsexing" edition

This booklet was made during stage 3, on female artistes who were pushed aside or erased from art history for many years. This booklet ask also the questions on how should we give these artists justice without marginalises, pigeon holes and isolates them from movements and influences. As for the title, it's a word from a quote from an art critic on women artistes, saying that becoming an artist would unsex women. The wire'O binding was chosen to highlight that the booklet isn't finished because the conversation and these issus are not.

Untitled collection

This collection of zine is on the theme “censorship”. It's called the “Untitled collection”, reflecting on erased content. The first publication would tackles censorship in Hollywood cinema, the Hays code, which were rules on what to show in movies that studios had to follow and what were its effects on cinema.

Accompanied with this publication, would be a small index on marketing and branding of products in movies.The ideas of this small index was tackle, products placements in the movie industrie. Products placements was encouraged in films, it could help considerably, the sales of an items, but the products must be seen in a positive light. This small edition pokes fun of about this and the ways it is presented to us. It shows photo montages of famous movies scenes and integrates random products.

12 edition workshop

During a workshop, the students had to work on a existing object 12 times or more. The project was to intervene on torn posters around the city of Glasgow. Animation was chosen as the main medium of intervention, to complete the missing parts of these posters.

A page instagram was created with the images of different posters with the geographical locations so people can find the poster and see the evolution of time of these objects. Instagram page : https://www.instagram.com/poster_hunt/

WALLPAPER PROJECT ON ABANDONED BUILDINGS

One of her main studio project, was on “abandoned places” around in Glasgow. She used wallpaper and bichromatic visuals to create a pattern of their history inspired by the Toile-de-Jouy motifs. The red represents the past and the blue the current state. You only have to play with the colour acetate papers to see the different patterns.

Accompanied by this is a small booklet where you will find the chronological history of the building. In this example, the building in question is St Peter Seminary.

There will a possible continuation on the project. Mainly focusing on Lennox Castle and other vacated spaces.

Illustrations on the theme disconnected

The idea of these illustrations was to use the space occupied during quarantine, to illustrate our state of mind verse reality outside of our safety bubble.It approaches different forms of disconnections: The first being sound, we are describing physically a natural landscape which gives the illusion of a holiday on what seems to be a sort of island. Until a form of rupture with the sound of ambulance and the evocation of the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We cannot see anything, we can only hear and imagine. The images plays also a key role in the narration, it shows our daily routine, but something seems off and the text highlight this with the sounds described the images and the sounds are telling to different stories.

We are all the media: Covid-19 Calendar

The cover and the monthly chapter

Infodemic caused by COVID-19 makes Renyu want to explore the role of individual media in misinformation. In her mind, each of us is a media with signal, and we have the ability and obligation to be responsible for the process of information dissemination. 

Covid-19 Calendar

10.02.2020: Garlic-save-life day

Drawing lessons from the concept that the Chinese traditional calendar records the good and bad luck of every day, Renyu puts the real part and the false part of the news as comparison objects in this calendar. And make them overlap with each other, showing their delicate relationship in the process of communication.

Covid-19 Calendar

09.04.2020: 5G-cause-virus day

The calendar form can harmoniously record every day about the existence of fake news, and at the same time, it combines fake news images produced by collage technique to enlarge the absurd content of fake news for the audience as much as possible.

Covid-19 Calendar

Using irony to restore and record some ridiculous ideas and absurd things people have done during this period.

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Covid-19 Calendar and Calendar Goggles

With PVC glasses in red, audience can only see the part of black text. The text is clear. It also means that when people view information, they should think and distinguish between true and false.

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The Plastic bag

This calendar is more like a documentary, it needs to be stored and sealed just like ordinary important documents. Renyu put this calendar in a sealed bag, which is transparent, so as to convey the concept that this calendar needs to be used in another way.

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10.03.2020: Mosquito-transmit-virus day

The booklet: 31 days in quarantine

For everyone, covid-19 period is an unforgettable historical memory, and everyone has their own memories. Renyu wants to record my own time in an interesting way. Content, it is about some life experience and feeling changes.

31 days in quarantine

06.07.2020: The day before the deadline

Use plane to reinforce the content, it won’t collide with the drawn lines, but also bring a sense of volume. On the basis of plane, some texts and colors are added.

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06.04.2020: The day i store food

Using any combination of these three elements to match different paintings. The visual effects produced in this way will not be in the same way, but in a unified but dissimilar form.

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20.04.2020: The day I comfort my friend

street dog in Imsouane, Morocco

Imsouane Village

Ims'one Project Shelter

Fran and her dog Bosco

PLEASE START WORKING

Procrastination has a significant impact on everyone's life. The comic book shows what procrastinator's life looks like, and use an ironic, humorous, and surreal way to present. Hoping people who read this comic book laugh and think not just themselves faced this problem and have a strong sense of identity instead of struggling in this situation.

70-80-90

70-90 means 1970s to the 1990s in China. In this project, I chose an organization or individual to represent each decade; in the 1970s I chose the The No Name Painting Association, in the 1980s I chose Xiamen Dada group, and in the 1990s I chose Wang Gongxin and his wife to represent Chinese experimental art. The purpose of this project is to be today's Chinese artists, we need to look back at how the artists of the last century survived in a harsher environment, and how they met their artistic value in the rapidly changing social background.


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Films in 1994

This book contains all the movies released in 1994. The concept of this project is very simple: Turn the virtual information on the Internet into material in physical form to oppose the trend of digitization of books and record the movie history.

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Golden era 1 - “celebration original”

The main theme of the whole project is that I want to reproduce the golden age of Chinese contemporary art at the end of last century and let people reflect on the artistic environment in China today. Under this general concept, there are three paintings created from different background events. The first one came from the movie , the second came from the protest by Chinese artists in 1979, and the third came from the burning of works by Xiamen Dada group. Each series will use different methods to express the same thing.

Golden era 1 -"political pop celebration"

This work is based on the original celebration, using the style of the most popular style -political pop in China in the 1980s.

Golden era 1 -"cartoon celebration"

Cartoonism quickly entered China in 1990s, and Keith Haring's style and works were particularly prominent. So I used his style to adapt the original work.

Golden era 2 - "want art free"

Although traditional Chinese painting has gradually declined since the 1990s, there are still artists such as Xu Bing and Gu Wenda who re-use ink elements to create and blend with Western modern art. This work was completed with this creative method. "Want art free" was completed in 1979 when Chinese artists protested because of the cancellation of the exhibition. I wanted to reproduce this with new forms of ink and abstract images; in order to warn contemporary artists not to be stuck by the market and money.

Golden era 2 - Cartoon style "want art free"

Golden era 3 - "Fire"

Similarly, this work is also based on a historical event. In the 1986, China’s former art group Xiamen Dada burned its works in the square to protest against the art environment where there was no art gallery or government support at that time. This work uses cynical realism in style, and it was first seen in 1991 by artist Fang lijun.

Golden era 3 - "Fire"

Cynical realism and Gu wenda's new ink style

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