Raquel Salvatella De Prada

Raquel Salvatella De Prada

Assistant Professor of the Practice of the Art, Art History and Visual Studies

External Address: 
114 S. Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse [Bay12, Room 218], Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 684-2224
Office Hours: 
Friday: 11:00-1:30pm

Overview

Raquel’s areas of interest include commercial and video art, kinetic typography, graphic design, video integration in performance, motion graphics and instructional multimedia development. Her work often focuses on integrating computer animation and motion design with different traditional art forms by collaborating with artists of diverse backgrounds such as printmaking, painting, installation art, poetry, puppetry, theater, and musical performance. She finds that the combination of her digital medium with physical visual media can be a powerful way to communicate social issues. Her experimental animation work and her collaborative performance pieces have been featured at festivals and on stages across the country. Prior to joining Duke, Salvatella de Prada was Creative Director at HG Media, a multimedia design company in Princeton, NJ, and also worked in Madrid and London. She studied Music Education at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Computer Arts at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Computer Arts & New Media at Academy of Arts University located in San Francisco. 

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., Academy of Art University 2015

  • B.F.A., Istituto Europeo de Design 2004

  • A.B., Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) 1999

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

inTransit awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (2018)

Cornered awarded by Collaboration Development Grant, Council of the Arts (2017 to 2018)

Cornered awarded by Puffin Foundation (2017)

Cornered awarded by Collaboration Development Grant, Council of the Arts, (2017)

Cornered awarded by Duke Africa Initiative Grant (2016 to 2018)

veoveo, traditional games awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund (2014)

veoveo, traditional games awarded by Duke University Arts & Sciences Travel Grant (2013)

Cornered (work in progress). Creator. More information about the project (2018)

Abstract

Cornered is a video installation that represents the motivation and struggles of immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt, most often failed, to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland.

The Paper Hat Game . Designer, Programmer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2016)

Abstract

2011-2016
Integrated performance with video projection and live puppetry in collaboration with Torry Bend

veoveo, children at play. Creator, Visual artist. Information about veoveo (2016)

Abstract

veoveo is an online application with an educational focus that documents, visualizes and promotes traditional games across cultures through design and interactive visualization. The application relies on research as well as data sourced from the online community. The user can find information about the games, archive them, and contribute to new games.

Solitary Confinement. Creator, Designer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2015)

Abstract

2013-2015 // This animation is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated on July 4th 2012. This piece attempts to visually communicate, in less than 2 minutes, the amount of time a prisoner spends in very small confinement, the minuscule amount of time spent outside the cell and the psychological impact this can have. The idea of illustrating written content with animations and (sometimes interactive) graphics, lets call it visual journalism, interests me, and is gaining in popularity, for example in the online edition of the New York Times. My piece "Solitary Confinement” tries to convey not just the content, but also the mood of the article - or, more specifically, the letter.

ARTPOEM – The Letters Project. Designer, Visual artist. ARTPOEM – The Letters Project (2010)

Abstract

The Letters Project is a multi-media collaborative project by Merrill Shatzman (graphic artist), Raquel Salvatella de Prada (animator) and Deborah Pope (poet). Supported by a Duke University Council for the Arts Collaborative Development Grant in 2008.

Solitary Confinement. Creator, Designer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2015)

Abstract

2013-2015 // This animation is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated on July 4th 2012. This piece attempts to visually communicate, in less than 2 minutes, the amount of time a prisoner spends in very small confinement, the minuscule amount of time spent outside the cell and the psychological impact this can have. The idea of illustrating written content with animations and (sometimes interactive) graphics, lets call it visual journalism, interests me, and is gaining in popularity, for example in the online edition of the New York Times. My piece "Solitary Confinement” tries to convey not just the content, but also the mood of the article - or, more specifically, the letter.

veoveo, children at play. Creator, Visual artist. Information about veoveo (2016)

Abstract

veoveo is an online application with an educational focus that documents, visualizes and promotes traditional games across cultures through design and interactive visualization. The application relies on research as well as data sourced from the online community. The user can find information about the games, archive them, and contribute to new games.

ARTPOEM – The Letters Project. Designer, Visual artist. ARTPOEM – The Letters Project (2010)

Abstract

The Letters Project is a multi-media collaborative project by Merrill Shatzman (graphic artist), Raquel Salvatella de Prada (animator) and Deborah Pope (poet). Supported by a Duke University Council for the Arts Collaborative Development Grant in 2008.

Raquel Salvatella de Prada: Hg Media, 2005 - 2009. Creator. (2005)

Abstract

Hg Media, Princeton, NJ. TV Commercials, Logo Animations, web design, Music Videos, DVD Production, Business Identity.

Cornered (work in progress). Creator. More information about the project (2018)

Abstract

Cornered is a video installation that represents the motivation and struggles of immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt, most often failed, to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland.

Solitary Confinement. Creator, Designer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2015)

Abstract

2013-2015 // This animation is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated on July 4th 2012. This piece attempts to visually communicate, in less than 2 minutes, the amount of time a prisoner spends in very small confinement, the minuscule amount of time spent outside the cell and the psychological impact this can have. The idea of illustrating written content with animations and (sometimes interactive) graphics, lets call it visual journalism, interests me, and is gaining in popularity, for example in the online edition of the New York Times. My piece "Solitary Confinement” tries to convey not just the content, but also the mood of the article - or, more specifically, the letter.

ARTPOEM – The Letters Project. Designer, Visual artist. ARTPOEM – The Letters Project (2010)

Abstract

The Letters Project is a multi-media collaborative project by Merrill Shatzman (graphic artist), Raquel Salvatella de Prada (animator) and Deborah Pope (poet). Supported by a Duke University Council for the Arts Collaborative Development Grant in 2008.

Raquel Salvatella de Prada: Hg Media, 2005 - 2009. Creator. (2005)

Abstract

Hg Media, Princeton, NJ. TV Commercials, Logo Animations, web design, Music Videos, DVD Production, Business Identity.

Cornered (work in progress). Creator. More information about the project (2018)

Abstract

Cornered is a video installation that represents the motivation and struggles of immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt, most often failed, to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland.

If My Feet Have Lost the Ground. Designer, Programmer, Visual artist. For more information about the project (2017)

Abstract

2013-2017 // Integrated performance with vide projection and puppetry.

veoveo, children at play. Creator, Visual artist. Information about veoveo (2016)

Abstract

veoveo is an online application with an educational focus that documents, visualizes and promotes traditional games across cultures through design and interactive visualization. The application relies on research as well as data sourced from the online community. The user can find information about the games, archive them, and contribute to new games.

Solitary Confinement. Creator, Designer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2015)

Abstract

2013-2015 // This animation is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated on July 4th 2012. This piece attempts to visually communicate, in less than 2 minutes, the amount of time a prisoner spends in very small confinement, the minuscule amount of time spent outside the cell and the psychological impact this can have. The idea of illustrating written content with animations and (sometimes interactive) graphics, lets call it visual journalism, interests me, and is gaining in popularity, for example in the online edition of the New York Times. My piece "Solitary Confinement” tries to convey not just the content, but also the mood of the article - or, more specifically, the letter.

ARTPOEM – The Letters Project. Designer, Visual artist. ARTPOEM – The Letters Project (2010)

Abstract

The Letters Project is a multi-media collaborative project by Merrill Shatzman (graphic artist), Raquel Salvatella de Prada (animator) and Deborah Pope (poet). Supported by a Duke University Council for the Arts Collaborative Development Grant in 2008.

Raquel Salvatella de Prada: Hg Media, 2005 - 2009. Creator. (2005)

Abstract

Hg Media, Princeton, NJ. TV Commercials, Logo Animations, web design, Music Videos, DVD Production, Business Identity.

If My Feet Have Lost the Ground. Designer, Programmer, Visual artist. For more information about the project (2017)

Abstract

2013-2017 // Integrated performance with vide projection and puppetry.

The Paper Hat Game . Designer, Programmer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2016)

Abstract

2011-2016
Integrated performance with video projection and live puppetry in collaboration with Torry Bend

Solitary Confinement. Creator, Designer, Visual artist. More information about the project (2015)

Abstract

2013-2015 // This animation is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated on July 4th 2012. This piece attempts to visually communicate, in less than 2 minutes, the amount of time a prisoner spends in very small confinement, the minuscule amount of time spent outside the cell and the psychological impact this can have. The idea of illustrating written content with animations and (sometimes interactive) graphics, lets call it visual journalism, interests me, and is gaining in popularity, for example in the online edition of the New York Times. My piece "Solitary Confinement” tries to convey not just the content, but also the mood of the article - or, more specifically, the letter.

Raquel Salvatella de Prada: Video Work, 2009. Creator. (2009)

Abstract

1) Video work for Theater performance (La Vida es Sueño), Duke University.
2) Logo Studies and animations for AMI.
3) Logo Studies for CDS.
4) Logo Animation for VSI.
5) Video Animation for Wired!course.
6) Video for 2009 Majors Fair (Art, Art Histo

Raquel Salvatella de Prada: Hg Media, 2005 - 2009. Creator. (2005)

Abstract

Hg Media, Princeton, NJ. TV Commercials, Logo Animations, web design, Music Videos, DVD Production, Business Identity.