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).
Sunshine England (2022), video still
5 minutes, 42 seconds
Single-channel, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Sunshine England was filmed on Nun’s Way Recreation Ground in North Cambridge on December 9th, 2021. Looped to play continuously, the video captures a series of negotiations between four young men as they communicate across multiple languages. Responding to propositions which drew on forensic investigation patterns, wayfinding strategies and ancient symbols found in nature, their interactions on the pitch reveal an extended exchange of hand-gestures and self-directed movement. The accompanying soundtrack is a field recording made the same day at the adjacent primary school.
Sunshine England was developed through the project Here/Now, a 6-month collaboration with a group of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors from Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan and The Gambia. The project, which considers resilience and presence, was commissioned by Kettle’s Yard and funded by Cambridge City Council with support from Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge Regional College, North Cambridge Community Partnership and Arts Council England.
Additional project outcomes include an outdoor public installation at Nuns Way Pavilion.