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 intervention
Composed in collaboration with Will Heasman, Tourist is a headphone sound intervention created for the only public bus route on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. The immersive soundtrack uses original composition, site-responsive samples and field recordings to create a cinematic score. Responding to the physical geography of the dramatic Jurassic coastal terrain, the soundtrack works to heighten the rider’s physical and psychological experience, enveloping them into a fictional world as the bus makes a full circle around the rugged island.
Commissioned by B-Side with support from First Bus Wessex.