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).
image: Anna Brownsted + Luke Harby
THE GOLD 45 PROTOTYPE
An extended project exploring the possibilities for making a collaboratively devised sequel to the Voyager Golden Record. It’s been 40 years since NASA launched their message in a bottle into the cosmic ocean and a lot has changed down here on earth…what do the extraterrestrials need to know about us now?
Project activities include social events, public discussions and participatory sessions.
Outcomes include a prototype record and a series of works on paper.
Supported by Arts Council England