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Experimental Animation

Yumeng Xi

Yumeng Xi is a 2D animator and a graphic designer with an interest in the relation between individuals and the universe. She started her explorations on this topic in the form of moving images when studying at the Royal College of Art. Her film The Insignificant Fantasies in the Cracks of Daily Life has been screened at Boil, Royal College of Art, London (2019) and at the 5th Detroit International Festival of Animation, Detroit (2020).

Yumeng received her BA degree in Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication with first-class honours. Previous to this she graduated from Donghua University with a double degree in Product Design (BE) and New Media Design (BA).

Yumeng is skilled in making gifs, including making motion graphics. She uses moving image fragments as visual materials to build larger fictional worlds. Through her colourful works, she presents the contrast between the sugar-coated fantasies and the melancholy hidden behind them. The universe is indifferent. The melancholy is generated from the physical limitations of human beings, especially in front of the vastness of the cosmos. Yet the countless possibilities of our spiritual world and emotional connections give us the strength to handle secularity and let us chase eternity simultaneously.

Stay Sober
Gif - Star Excavator
Gif - Star Excavator
Gif - Robot Head
Gif - Robot Head
Gif - Slot Machine
Gif - Slot Machine
Gif - Diving
Gif - Diving
Gif - Night Express
Gif - Night Express

Stay Sober is about an introverted girl who always wants to stay quiet in front of people. But every time she hides her emotions, some part of her body will turn mechanical, making her feel more conspicuous. This dilemma brings her into a dream that is not to wake up.

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If I were a robot

I do not have to guess what you mean

I can ask for a command

so that everything becomes clear and effective

and you would not blame me for that

because I am just a robot


That mask is not a disguise

but a carefully wrapped present

give you a sweet apple

eat it, be a fool forever


Escape from here

and wake up from the dream

but she is not looking for an exit

the sea is syrup

the sky is clementine

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Music: Zhicheng Yang

Sound Effects: Yumeng Xi

Sound Mix: Mikolaj Szatko

Drawing & Colouring Assistance: Áron Siegler, Jun Chen, Yitong Wang

Medium:

2D Animation

Size:

05:02
Still - Feet & Claws
Gif - Kiss
Gif - Kiss
Gif - Falling 1
Gif - Falling 1
Gif - Falling 2
Gif - Falling 2
Gif - XmasTree
Gif - XmasTree
Gif -  2X73 Store
Gif - 2X73 Store
Gif - Pond
Gif - Pond

A selection of my animation works from 2016 to 2020.

Medium:

2D Animation

Size:

01:00