Category Archives: animation

Me on Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a socially driven design organization promoting works of female designers/artists around the world. Set up by an international team of passionate designers, their aim is to support female design communities and encourage creative dialogues across the globe.
Check them out at http://www.graphicbirdwatching.com

Echao Jiang on Birdwatching

Finally, some updates!

In terms of Illustration here are some updates of what I’ve been up to recently.

My Dream at galerie gavriel

My Dream is currently showing at Galerie Gavriel in Germany!

My Dream by Verena Hanschke and Echao Jiang 2007/2009

Sketch Night

Some installation shots of ‘My Dream’ presented at Gallery Sketch night.

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My Dream 2009 All Rights Reserved


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My Dream 2009 All Rights Reserved


My Dream 2009 All Rights Reserved

My Dream 2009 All Rights Reserved

‘My Dream’ is an animation about the effect of climate change in the Amazon rainforest, a part of
Map Making 2007, RCA.
Directed by Echao Jiang and Verena Hanschke
Music by Kate Newell, Jo Willis
Many thanks to Lisa Hirnsberger

Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2009

My piece for RCA show II has been awarded with a commendation for Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2009 🙂

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My Dream

The Mihinacu people of the Amazon have lived happily in the rainforest for countless generations, sustaining an isolated of way of life up to the present day. However, like most of the indigenous communities still remaining in South America, their immediate future is now threatened by the ill effects of climate change, rapid deforestation and monoculture. Verena Hanschke and Echao Jiang’s recent short movie “My Dream”, highlights the dangers of environmental degradation in a gorgeous animated montage combining natural and imaginary beauty. Their stunning landscapes conceal a great sadness, as the lush rainforest vistas fade away into dystopian images of environmental catastrophe. A Mihinacu youth swims alongside schools of fish in the warm depths of the Amazon, but far above the river’s surface is littered with felled trees…
– Dean Kissick, Tank Magazine Editor
Animation and Art Direction: Verena Hanschke, Echao Jiang
Sound: Kate Newell
Many Thanks to: Lisa Hirnsberger

All Rights reserved, Royal College of Art 2008

Reflections on Talking and Listening, commentary by Dean Kissick

“Listen more, even when it’s dull and boring.”

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, the central concept of Reflections On Talking And Listening; three animated shorts promoting the importance of emotional communication in order to help yourselves and those around you. With ever-rising levels of depression, especially in our developed world, it is more important than ever to talk to each other, and also listen to each other. Jiang, a young Chinese illustrator/animator living and working in London, has a self-proclaimed interest in “anthropology with an emphasis on psychology and the human condition”. Her Royal College of Art degree show project about emotional support is based upon extensive interviews recorded with a series of depressed individuals, and their thoughtful responses are played back anonymously as disembodied voices; drifting over animated talking heads that resemble monolithic mountains floating in a dream-like landscape of washed-out trees, waterfalls and songbirds (scene 1), over a desolate wasteland underneath an ominous gathering of gloomy clouds (scene 2), over a shattered visage of fragmented faces brought slowly back together (scene 3). These visions are contemplative and melancholic, but all suffused with a calming, ethereal atmosphere of understated beauty.
– Dean Kissick, Tank Magazine editor

Visual and Art Direction: Echao Jiang
Sound: Robin Barstow
All Rights Reserved, Royal College of Art 2009