This is a story about a man who can no longer identify objects that are familiar to him and it is about the way he restructures his vision. BA (Hons) Illustration students interpreted it through puppetry, through animation, through live-action, through costume.
Each group worked on a different part of the story. For example, Maria Kondrashova and Anna Podlipentseva staged the very last bit: “We thought it would be interesting if Dr Saks was an actor who interacts with other characters who are puppets. In the bit of the story we worked on he was mainly analyzing his patient’s condition, so it made sense to make him an outsider who looks at this whole situation from a different perspective”.
“BA (Hons) Illustration programme encourages students to experiment in a range of media, in a range of techniques, so we believe that illustration can encompass animation, creative writing, filmmaking, sculpture, performance. This is partly to stretch their creative muscles in their brain. But it’s also because of the industry really because the better variety you have of skills, the more employable you are. And it is very common now for an illustrator to dovetail as a graphic designer or to also be an animator. So this performance is a part of this philosophy”, — says BA (Hons) Illustration tutor William Goldsmith.