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Digital Direction (MA)

Ding Ding

Ding focuses on the subjective dimensions of globalization and examines the dominant social imaginary and the ontologies of modern time and space that underpin the general sense of the global. Her recent research has primarily challenged social imaginaries about the authenticity of the nationhood. The sentiment of nationality gives factual and normative assumptions to the social imaginary through political expressions and creates coherent and enduring ways of making statements in terms of spatiality, temporality and embodiment. In the face of the current complexities of global mobility, there is a constant disjuncture within the traditional monolingualism structure of the statements.

Ding uses meta-models as methodology for discourse analysis of the interwoven processes of mobility and migration. She questions the function of traditional cultural symbols within a transnationalism framework in order to examine the theft and simplification of the plurality and fluidity of cultural subjectivity. She employs physical simulations of light and shadow reflections within 3D software to narrate the unconscious performativity of social imaginary, while using mechanical movement to retell the processes by which individual lived experiences are adjusted and occur within ' imaginary ' instructions.

Degree Details

School of CommunicationDigital Direction (MA)RCA2023 at Battersea and Kensington

RCA Kensington, Darwin Building, Lower-ground and Upper-ground floors

Ding Ding

Ding (CN) is an art explorer and creator currently based in London. Having a background in sociology, Ding applies ontology turn in her creation of art, alongside interdisciplinary approaches including 3D modelling and mechanical installation. In her process of researching and experimenting with digital technology, Ding explores the form of presence for which the intersection between 3D physical simulation and realistic substance, interrogates the viewer's motives for interacting with materials and applies these investigations to create new multi-sensorial experiences. Topics of interest involve perception, nature and globalization.


2023 MA Digital Direction, Royal College of Art

2022 BA Digital Media, University of Leeds