This research challenges existing knowledge around the delivery of historical inquiry and the visualisation of memory, through its approach and process, using film, motion graphics and narrative hybridity, and fusing animation, illustration and film techniques. Diamond’s research adapts a proliferation of material digitally, through a by-process of subverting technology and repurposing found assemblage, to present new works. This research uses contemporary techniques, underpinned by theory around innovative forms of storytelling and the creation of new narratives. The research output, Magnetic North and Paranoia, are two films that were selected to be exhibited as part of the Design in Motion (DEMO) Moving Image Festival in Amsterdam, curated by Liza Enebeis, Koos Breen and Xavier Monney.
The research is an interrogation of cultural presentation as Moving Image and the construction of digital assemblage film essays. A key area of significance, is intergenerational memory, with a focus on how a geographical area is remembered, imagined and observed. By refiguring existing individual archives (still and moving image) into new bodies of work, this research fuses topography and the histories of the North East coastline, referencing Guy Debord’s Psychogeography (1955) by allowing place, time and form to come together through footage and recordings of the area. The utilisation of online archives on the history of the area, enables exploration of the position of this research in relation to the unique characteristics of the landscape.
Diamond questions the ever-shifting paradigm of design; utilising several techniques to make the work (sketchbooks, drawing, collage, assemblage, filming the screen), and digital technology to present the process as part of the final film. This dialogue contributes to ‘process as design’ (Hubka, 1976) and echoes the concept of ‘readymade’ (Duchamp, 1915), that radically challenged the notion of a work of art as something ‘beautiful made by a technically skilled artist’.