Friday, 10 October 2014

The Screening Room

For some it’s a creative straitjacket, for others the Holy Grail – whether it be mimicry or origination, style in illustration can mean polar opposites, and is the subject of the third MOKITA conference at Somerset House. Planned in spring 2014, the subject has been explored in the current issue of Varoom magazine and discussed at September’s Crowd Talks at Hoxton Gallery. This is an opportunity to further debate and define the term.

With an invited panel of speakers and guest chair, both sides of the case will made pitching style versus content, imitation versus sincerity, and semiotics versus aesthetics. Confirmed speakers include Professor George Hardie, Lawrence Zeegen, Luise Vormittag, Michael Salu, Catrin Morgan, John O’Reilly and Laura Gordon & Jake Evans of Crowd Talks.

Both the divergent and emergent aspects of 21st-century illustration will be examined in this latest instalment, intended to make a fit-for-purpose architecture for the subject.

Purposely not aligned to any single education provider, MOKITA was founded in 2010 to focus debate on the more uncharted and contentious aspects of illustration as a subject and practice. Its founders are Darryl Clifton (Camberwell College of Arts UAL), Geoff Grandfield (Kingston University London), and Roderick Mills (University of Brighton).

Professor George Hardie is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator. He became a Professor of Graphic Design in 1990, and currently teaches on postgraduate courses. He has received many international commissions from a wide variety of clients, and his work has been exhibited extensively, with one-person retrospectives at Brighton, Barcelona and Ljubljana. He has gained widespread notice through work for the Royal Mail.

Lawrence Zeegen is Professor of Illustration and Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. His design and illustration clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design studios and advertising agencies, spanning over 1000 commissions across 25 years.

Luise Vormittag trained as an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, fine artist and theorist, and her creative practice reflects this eclectic education. She currently teaches Design & Interaction on BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, and is also working on an AHRC funded collaborative research project with MA Narrative Environments and Vital Arts.

Michael Salu is a creative director, art editor, designer, brand strategist, writer and illustrator. Concept driven, his approach straddles both the machinations of the art world and the language of design. Most recently he has founded multidisciplinary creative agency SALU.

Crowd Talks hosts design discussion events across the UK, bringing together students, graduates and practitioners to debate contemporary design issues.

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