Robin Stratton | Visual Artist EEA
Paper Cities is a project developed by Emergency Exit Arts London in cooperation with Theater junge Generation. At the Platform Shift+ “My Story” festival in Dresden a paper city will be built with the contribution of the audience in the Foyer of the tjg. Theatre.
Within the next three day six international Co-Productions will be shown at the tjg. Theatre.
Every day I will present different people from the international Theatre companies to you.
Today I talked to Robin Stratton who works as a freelancer visual artist for EEA. He developed Paper City together with Alex Evans who is unfortunately too busy with drawing the Tower Bridge in London and could not come to Dresden.
Meanwhile Deb Mullins the artistic director of EEA London is doing a great job drawing windows on the freshly white painted paper boxes.
Deb Mullins about Robin Stratton: „Though Robin works as a freelancer becomes part of the furniture at EEA.”
Ross Bolwell, who is a producer at EEA: „But not because he is boring….“
Robin: laughs 🙂
Robin is drawing The Gherkin (a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financial district, the City of London – It looks like a cucumber) on one of the white paper boxes.
He is now sitting in one of the yellow deckchairs at Kraftwerk Mitte where the new venue of tjg. is located, enjoying the sun.
What dose Platform Shift and the annual encounter in Dresden trigger in you? Could you draw it for me?
And draw yourselves at work….
Is there something you would like to say?
„Massive thank you to technicians and tjg., to PlatformShift and the sunshine of cause! “
THANK YOU ROBBIN!!
About Paper Cities
Paper Cities is a film that is the culmination of ideas told through a fusion of multiple art forms, giving young people a platform to share, dissect and celebrate the subject of the city. The outcome of much of this work has contributed to No Entry but is also edited into a short film animation that will be seen online and projected on a screen at Theater Junge Generation. Over a 3-month period, the artists have worked on a weekly basis in both schools and with our partners at the University of Greenwich Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts where our young people had the opportunity to use state of the art animation studios to bring their drawings to life. The drawings are inspired by the young people’s fantasies and real life experiences of living in a metropolis.
The poetry project has centered on capturing the shifting landscape of London, celebrating its diversity, exploring differences between communities and the young people’s own experiences of being citizens in a busy metropolis.
We have continued to work with Plumstead Manor School to inspire young dancers to devise a series of movements that bring to life themes and ideas stimulated by the animations and poetry of Paper Cities. The animations were projected onto the young people while they were being filmed and the poetry from Plumstead Manor students was used as the soundtrack. The combination of these art forms created a moving illustrated world, which captured the young people’s experiences and aspirations of their shape shifting city.