digital film, 6 mins.

Animation by Tania Dineen-Parish, Bertie Göttgens, Elizabeth Anne Holmes, Alison Kennedy, Jane Leahy, Jessica Murphy, Eugene Park, Mel Plumridge, Nathalie Sakakini, Antonella Santoro and Mariana Quiroga Londono

Soundtrack composed by Will Heasman

FUTURAMIC UNKNOWNS (2020) is the outcome of 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, other project outcomes include an installation, The Night the Mountains Moved, for the Jeffery Cheah Biomedical Center at Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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