3 artists selected for animate! residencies in 2007

There were 55 submissions for the new animate! residencies at London College of Communication, funded by a grant from Arts Council England.

Three artists, Sebastian Buerkner, Riccardo Iacono and Jane Cheadle, will each take up a residence of ten weeks in a dedicated studio space in the Animation Department at LCC’s Elephant & Castle campus.

The Department developed the residencies, in collaboration with animate!, for artists whose work challenges the boundaries of animation practice in a context where students and staff benefit from close engagement and exchange of ideas with professional artists, whilst the public gains a rare, in-depth insight into artistic practice from online ‘diaries’ published by the artists on this website.

Sebastian Buerkner
Sebastian was born in Berlin, and has an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art. He recently completed Purple Grey, an animate! tv commission. His work has been shown at many international festivals, and solo gallery shows include The Unnamable (LUX at Lounge Gallery), earlier this year.

His animate! residency at LCC starts in January 2007, during which he plans to explore techniques for eliciting “emotional stir-ups in a really short time”, testing the potential of the single-frame, without having to tell a linear narrative.

Riccardo Iacono
Riccardo studied at Glasgow School of Art and has an MSc in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee. He has shown work at international festivals and in gallery shows, and in 2003 he was represented in Tate Britain’s A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain.

Riccardo’s animate! residency at LCC starts in April 2007, pursuing the possibilities of what can be achieved with animation if you take away the celluloid. He plans to work with students and staff beyond the confines of the studio, to explore how the idea of ‘animation’ might be used to develop work through group improvised performance.

Jane Cheadle
Jane was born in Johannesburg, studied political philosophy at the University of Cape Town, and has an MA Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, where she was awarded the prestigious Man Group Drawing Prize. She has exhibited in South Africa and Japan, and in 2006 worked as an animator creating visual material for U2’s world tour.

Jane’s animate! residency at LCC begins in October 2007. She will investigate the changing area of Elephant & Castle, working collaboratively with a team of staff and students in the streets and underpasses, animating the city, literally.

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