Title of Paper
Mindfulness and Animation
This paper reports on a research project at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, that investigates whether the repetitive, haptic procedures and collaborative processes of drawn animation could be combined with mindfulness meditation techniques to develop ecological awareness, attention regulation, resilience, focus and concentration skills in art and design students.
Faced with a complex and uncertain future, art and design graduates need to be able to take responsibility for their personal development and respond to stress and change in generative and constructive ways. During the research process, a series of experiential activities and workshops were devised to explore the development of a group of capacities identified in a number of published sustainability literacy frameworks (Dawe 2005, Sterling, 2012; Villiers-Stuart and Stibbe, 2009), in particular, the attributes of personal resilience, self-awareness, ecological intelligence and interconnectedness through, for example, systemic and relational thinking and making. The project looks at the potential of short-form mindfulness meditation practices in combination with repetitive mark making and drawn animation for developing these and associated attributes.
Sitting within wider developments in UK Higher Education that seek to enable students to engage meaningfully with the affective and extra-rational dimensions of learning, the paper will report on this ongoing work which has been developed as a collaboration between MA Character Animation and Academic Support at the University.
mindfulness, meditation, drawn animation, markmaking
Birgitta Hosea is an artist, animator and curator who works in the field of expanded animation. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, has been the recipient of numerous awards and artists residencies and her work is included in the Tate Britain archive. Birgitta works as Course Director of MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), where she gained her own PhD in Animation as Performance and now supervises PhD students. Her research interests include animation as a post-medium practice; drawing; digital materiality; performance and liveness and she keeps a blog at http://expandedanimation.myblog.arts.ac.uk.
Dr Birgitta Hosea
MA Character Animation
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
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