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‘Content free’ means just that: the content on this site is free. Free at the point of demand, and free in expression and opinion. It is a portal into a world of thinking and making. It is a living archive of reflection and activity. It is the place where the students and staff from the Visual Communication programme at the RCA can freely place ‘content’, and where visitors are free to browse and interact with what they find.

In the electronic era, with its always-on, limitless landscape to fill, content has become a weasel word – a generic flavourless noun that relegates words, images, sound and film as placeholder material. Our use of the word is of course, ironic. We take the view that content has to have meaning and offer engagement. Without meaning and engagement, it is just that … content.

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‘Content free’ means just that: the content on this site is free. Free at the point of demand, and free in expression and opinion. It is a portal into a world of thinking and making. It is a living archive of reflection and activity. It is the place where the students and staff from the Visual Communication programme at the RCA can freely place ‘content’, and where visitors are free to browse and interact with what they find.

In the electronic era, with its always-on, limitless landscape to fill, content has become a weasel word – a generic flavourless noun that relegates words, images, sound and film as placeholder material. Our use of the word is of course, ironic. We take the view that content has to have meaning and offer engagement. Without meaning and engagement, it is just that … content.

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Thoughts on Ice

The Franz Josef Glacier is one of many major glaciers slouched on the western side of the Southern Alps, some hundred or so kilometres north across the Main Divide from Mount Cook. While neither the largest nor longest glacier, what may make Franz Josef of particular interest are the limitless opportunities it provides for making loads ...

Explain Yourself/Show Yourself

The following statements were developed, for the most part, during a series of workshops conducted with Year 2 Visual Communication students over the Spring and Summer Terms. Under the title ‘Explain Yourself’ these sessions were dedicated to producing a concise statement of roughly 250 words about some key aspect of their individual practice – an overall strategy, a specific projec...

Walking the Long Way Home

How, in their everyday life, do women navigate public spaces, like walking home or travelling from one place to another? One night, after a night-out with friends, I got on the bus and took the long way home alone. I didn’t even think about it, it was a no-brainer, that would be the route I to...

Distributed

In April 2018, David Blamey (Open Editions) and Joshua Trees (Books From The Future) organised Distributed, a publishing symposium about the act of distribution across the spectrum of cultural production, hosted by Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. In this context, Joshua Trees, Jack Clarke and Ayşe Köklü took turns playing the role of ...

Labyrinth II: Design/Thinking

Modern thought may find no better star to steer itself by than that of ‘visual communication’. The term already says so much to me as a writer. But why stop there? Nothing is fixed in a living discipline: other terms such as ‘graphic design’, ‘communication design’, ‘graphic communication design’, ‘conceptual design’, ‘disruptive design’, speculative design’, ‘narrative design’ have all been used t...

Sisterhood

Inspired by the hierarchy of feminism past and present. I have created a 5 image comic strip to explore the ideology of ‘Sisterhood’. The idea of Sisterhood was sometimes mis-used for power and equity. As feminists we are all equal and must represent and include all female, male, non-binary and gender fluid people in order to create equa...

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