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Hosea, Birgitta and Barton, Graham, 2015, Conference or Workshop, Mindfulness and Animation’ at Animation and Public Engagement Symposium 2015, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, 12th November 2015.

Abstract or Description:

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.

Subjects: Other > Subjects allied to Medicine > B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine > B930 Occupational Therapy
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W110 Drawing
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W690 Cinematics and Photography not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 12:37
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2016 12:37
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2513

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