The Thin Blue Line: The Lines Between

A fascinating short film has been produced as part of a research project from academics and filmmakers at the University of Portsmouth in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Belinda Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Interior Design, and Dr Maureen O’Neill, Senior Lecturer in Illustration, have written a visual article in a new online journal, Edges, that explores the overlap between the form of the book and the built environment. As part of this visual essay, they also worked with the Media Production Centre to produce a film of The Thin Blue Line, an artists’ book held in the Ministry of books, created by Deb Rindl in 1995.

The film was directed and produced by Toby Meredith alongside cinematographer and editor Connor Cleary.  Toby said “It’s great to work on a collaborative project that works across so many areas within the creative industry.  Recently the CCI hosted a conference on practice based research.  I hope that this cross discipline approach is a step in the right direction to demonstrate that different mediums do not just support written research but are an integral part of the research.”

‘The Thin Blue Line: The Lines Between’ reveals writing/drawing, space and the artists’ book as an interdisciplinary exchange between Interior design and Illustration.  The artists’ book acts as a hinge between 2D drawing/writing practices and 3D space to generate material propositions for major project briefs and to develop new forms of disciplinary representations.  The book supports an engagement with space that is located in embodied experience and the generation of ideas through the dance of writing, the play of text and the tactile engagement with visual images.

The film brings creative practices together to produce a ‘sensory’ experience using sound and visuals similar to the tactile experience of handling the book.  It accompanies a research paper produced by Belinda and Maureen submitted for publication by online journal Interior Educators, IE Studio, Edges.

Belinda revealed “The interdisciplinary collaboration and the form of the artists’ book has opened up a re-formatting of interior design practice and supported us to think about new routes of engagement and research enquiry”

Post graduate student, Connor said “It was good to have the time to explore the pages and find the right shots which really represented the book.  Working on the audio was great; Toby and I added foley audio in post, gaining experience whilst having the opportunity to work on such an interesting project.”