Our Selves Unknown (2014) 

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Director
Edwin Rostron
Date
2014
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Artist: Edwin Rostron
HD Video, 4:3, Silent; Black and White
00:03:00 | 2014

An experimental animation exploring ideas of landscape and dislocation. The film takes the 1965 Architectural Press publication Landscape in Distress as its sole raw material, isolating and reconfiguring its photographic illustrations, text and cover design as pencil and ink drawings, and using a working process of self-enforced rules and restrictions, obstacles and chance.

Landscape in Distress’ was written by Lionel Brett, a British peer, architect and town-planner. The book examined 250 square miles of Oxfordshire, recording “in intimate detail the post-war changes and present state of the landscape of a typical section of […] Britain.” It described the damage that had been done to the area and tried to alert the reader to “the inevitable damage that lies ahead”, drawing specific attention to the increasing homogenization of areas on the edges of cities.

Edwin Rostron

Edwin Rostron grew up in the North East of England and currently lives in London. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Animation at the Royal College of Art. His drawings and animated films have been shown in exhibitions and film festivals around the world including onedotzero, Pictoplasma, and Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. His work is rooted in drawing, often taking the form of animated films which employ an experimental approach to traditional and digital processes. Edwin’s blog Edge of Frame features interviews with fellow experimental animators, exploring the ideas and processes behind their work.

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