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Animation (MA)

Meng Zhang

The fast-moving entertainment facility gradually becomes a driving train

Meng Zhang is an animator from China. Through her work, she hopes to blur the boundaries between memory, subconscious, dreams and the real world, to reintegrate the "reality" that we can access through audio-visual language, and to uncover the inner motivation, self-identity or evocation of values that people have hidden or forgotten.

Her works are made up of simple elements of reality to piece together a dystopian fictional world that is disorderly and violates the logic and rules of reality, i.e., to reflect on the "normal" through the absurd. These works draw the viewer into the gap between order and sensibility, and through this worldview structure, she discerns and balances the self and the order of reality.

Fictional storytelling is her common way of expression, hoping to find multiple dimensions of "reality" through memory and life experience, and to provoke the audience to think about the world and self-talk through the expression of moving images and visual language.

Degree Details

School of CommunicationAnimation (MA)RCA2023 at Battersea and Kensington

RCA Kensington, Stevens Building, Ground floor


The triplets are one of the main characters of the film, and they are the symbol of repetition. There are many other repetitive elements in the film, such as the identical-looking members of a ritual squad, the identical-looking stones, and countless identical side-by-side amusement parks.

These repetitive elements make up an endless, godless ritual journey with different possibilities. In this journey, each stage of the music is scored by different monosyllables of repeated melodies, which point to an idea in the author's fictional world: the moorings of faith and motivation in reality are themselves composed of repetitive elements that follow a certain pattern of development and movement, which are simple and traceable, but the developing things composed of them are unpredictable and never ending.

The seemingly complex situation and the fact that the "god" can never be found constitute a silent, desperate and absurd world, but the "god" seem to exist in every simple stone, in the jungle and in the playground for triplets. The author hopes to reflect on the real world, or to discern or dismantle some notions of community and social bondage.