Unbuilding Animated Spaces - An Investigation of Mixed-Media Animation Aesthetics in the Virtual Production Environment

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Description of Activity

The possibilities of animation aesthetics and narrative experience have been radically expanded with the advent of virtual production and real-time technologies. For much of its lifetime, CG Animation has struggled to break beyond the confines of its commercial aesthetics. However, with the rise of Virtual Production, including VR / AR / XR technologies, the forms and aesthetics of animation feel more open than ever before. As experimental animator David OReilly suggested - the medium of computer animation feels much like “Pandora's box” a young art form “which is still being examined, understood and tamed.”

In this talk, Niki Wakefield and Jordan Buckner will outlined their current research exploring mixed-media aesthetics within this new age of animation approaches - with a focus on the perfectly imperfect.

We wish to fuse traditional hand-crafted art approaches with contemporary VP practice in new and interesting ways. Using this new art aesthetic to mirror the narrative themes of our work “House and Garden.”

Set within a kind of English Idyll, House and Garden, explores the clean environment of a middle-England perfect home. However, The Biscuit Tin image of Britain isn’t quite as it seems. This is an English Blue Velvet (1986) in which there are secrets in the soil.
Period4 Jul 2023
Event titleCCI Research and Innovation Conference: Creative Exchanges, Interactions and Inspirations
Event typeConference
LocationPortsmouth, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Animation
  • Maquettes
  • Mixed-media aesthetics
  • 3D Scanning
  • Virtual Production