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).
ONE OF US
Colour ink jet on Dibond aluminium with AR video layers
20 panels, 90cm x 90cm each
Seafront Gallery, Worthing, West Sussex UK
Commissioned by Worthing Borough Council to mark the Platinum Jubilee, One of Us combines historical print images and personal photographs in a series of 20 digital collages celebrating the social history of Worthing. Interconnected across a timeline exploring the past seven decades, these works play with scale, colour and perspective to emphasise the changing palette of our culture as advances in photography and news media affect the way people document their own lives.
One of Us is about memory and memorabilia. It’s about time, intergenerational connections, and the human desire capture significant moments. It’s about how we record our stories, how we choose to share these stories, and how the grand narrative of the Monarchy threads through everyday British life.
Research and development for One of Us included collecting Royal paraphernalia, magazines and photographs of the Queen, delving into the archives at Worthing Museum, and a community call-out for photographs from family albums.
Layered into the works are a series of found video clips which can be viewed digitally through a free AR app.
One of Us (2022), Dapper Royalty
One of Us (2022), Pavilion Road Scene
One of Us (2022), Technicolour Road Queen