The ethos of bi-monthly motion media event SeeNoEvil is extremely simple; it’s about bringing like-minded people together, explains co-organiser James Wignall (aka Mutanthands, on the right).
Unlike the ubiquitous private viewings and art shows found in abundance within the same area of Shoreditch, east London, SeeNoEvil’s fresh and insightful talks and showreels feature talent, entertainment and skills a couple of rungs up the quality ladder. Perhaps this is because its organisers, James and Thiago Maia (above, on the left), are also highly talented creatives who have animated, directed and designed work for a list of very impressive clients.
Animation by James Wignall, as shown at SeeNoEvil
SeeNoEvil has hosted creative heavyweights including Studio AKA, David Wilson, Fx & Mat, Wyld Stallyons, Mainframe, Man Vs Machine, Mcbess, Ubik and Simon Robson. The work on show ranges from motion graphics to VFX, animation, film, installations and all the bits in-between. James explains, “I think we are starting to see all these disciplines cross over and merge, so who knows what the future holds?”
As is often the way with these things, the project began over a few drinks. James and Thiago felt a real lack of a sense of community in their industry.
Still from animation by Thiago Maia
“There was no real night or event we could use as a focus point to meet similar people,” says James, “so we did something about it. We’re firm believers in, ‘If you build it, they will come’ – and they did.”
Despite work required for behind-the-scenes organisation – he says this can amount to being a second full-time job – James really enjoys the benefits of running the event, which they don’t always receive from their day-to-day jobs.
“We get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing people come to our shows, seeing our baby grow and grow and, of course, the butterflies before the doors open,” he says. “It gives you a nice warm feeling to know you’re giving something back to the community, and also making it much more accessible to those starting out – something we wish we had when we first started.”
Top animation by James Wignall as shown at SeeNoEvil; bottom animation by Thago Maia