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).
Binaural sound installation
A social experiment in proxemics and listening together, this free-standing installation suggests both the familiar and the surreal. The binaural soundtrack, played through over-ear headphones, uses applied psychoacoustics to immerse a pair of listeners into a shadowy narrative that subtly explores loneliness and the power of interconnectivity.
Composed with Will Heasman
Commissioned by Cambridge Junction
and supported by Arts Council England
Premiered at Watch Out Festival 2017
Splitter trailer, 2017