UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS (2020) is a project bringing together patient ambassadors for Blood Cancer UK and stem cell researchers working at the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre. Through a series of stop-motion animation workshops held via Zoom, participants developed hand-cut animation sequences exploring their experiences of ‘the unknown’ in relation to living with blood cancer, the challenges of research and the global uncertainties of Covid-19. Animation materials included paper, velvet and issues of National Geographic published in 1960, the year Blood Cancer UK officially became a charity.
Commissioned by the Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute as part of its Public Engagement programme, project outcomes include an animated film featuring participants’ stop-motion sequences (Futuramic Unknown, 2020) and an installation for the Jeffery Cheah Biomedical Center at Cambridge Biomedical Campus (The Night the Mountains Moved, 2020).
A collection of international media coverage of Pence Sterling (2018), an intervention involving 100,000 pennies and a dilapidated public fountain.
Source materials include online and print articles, images, blogs and videos published in China, Taiwan, Macau, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Netherlands, India, Israel, Turkey, Croatia, Poland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and the US.
Afterword (2021) is an archival record tracing the fortune of the pennies through a series of seemingly unrelated events that occurred between 2018 and 2021.
Video originally sourced from Apple Daily website hk.appledaily.com on 15 September 2018