Total budget: £47,500 to include all fees and costs
This commission is for some or all of the grouped and individual film exhibits – total budgets stated include your fees and all costs for creating the film content. (The physical exhibit build and AV hardware is covered in a separate exhibit build budget)
All film work must present a diverse range of voices on the exhibition floor, with a creative practice inclusive to all potential contributors – considerate to a balance of age, gender identity, BAME, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation.
8322 - Blind Spot, Perception, Distraction
This exhibit explores a subquestion – can our brains make things invisible?
Visitors experience visual illusions and manipulations of their own perception to trigger thoughts about how we see things in the first place.
CONTEXT: Short films that demonstrate how our brains can create the illusion of invisibility without truly achieving it.
We are presenting these films on a loop, played on a 49 inch screen with polarising filter over it. It looks blank until you hold up a polarising filter and the films appear. To observers, it looks like visitors are watching invisible films on black screens – until you use the filter.
This all about perception and how the neuroscience of vision means that some things can be ‘invisible’ to the brain in different conditions. The commission here is to re-imagine remaking existing perception films that deal with invisibility in terms of attention and our blind spot:
Disappearing man - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7jpJ12lBjg
Lilac chaser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7bgUPh4sHo
Selective attention test - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
Format: 1 x 27" screen
Estimated budget: £7,500 to include all costs
Work completed by Friday 15th May 2020
8580 - Happy films
A series of short films in this exhibit directly unpack the big question of this constellation – why do rainbows make people happy?
Visitors understand what science knows about the feeling of happiness and how the brain produces chemicals that are involved in this emotion.
CONTEXT: – a playfully presented screen triggered by a button with one of the ‘happy’ neuro chemical molecules on it. (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins) It shows short films of different people talking about the nature of happiness - a scientist on the neuro transmitters involved in happiness, other people talking about their happiest colour, a psychologist on science of serendipity in nature making us happy.....
Pressing the button to start the films triggers rainbow shards of light that dart around the space in which people are watching them – to bring something of the spontaneous appearance of rainbows into why they might make us feel happy
The concept here is that the user walks up to what appears to be a mirror, sees themselves and presses a happy start button. A film of someone talking about happiness plays through the mirrored screen, so that the user sees themselves next to the filmed person, in the screen, in the context of what is making them feel happy.
User walk through:
Attract mode Mirror with obvious touch button in attract mode.
User walks up to exhibit User sees button and is encouraged to touch it whilst viewing themselves in the mirror.
User interacts with exhibit User triggers previously hidden AV screen to run with different experts talking about happiness.
Visitor is bathed in dynamic shards of rainbows (light shining through a crystal/chandelier possibly or holographic film or projection every time the button is pressed)
Filming guidance: 49” screen landscape layout mounted to accommodate the user standing centrally in-line with button - so that when the film starts the user can still see themselves reflected in the middle, alongside the person or people speaking on film either side of them on the screen. Height of user will vary in this context.
Mirror hides screen so film might not need run to screen edge – might add to experience if not obvious to user where the image finishes.
User will only interact with experience through the touch button
Duration: 4 or 5 60sec films
Format: Portrait, 4k
Estimated budget: £11,000 to include all costs
Work completed by Monday 16th March 2020
8620 - The Soul in Culture
This exhibit unpacks the main constellation question with the subquestion - how do we ‘see’ the soul in different cultures?
We provide a space for visitors to consider a diverse and rich array of perspectives from different cultures and points of view on what/where the soul might be and how to prove it is there.
CONTEXT: An object based and AV exhibit representing people from different fields, scientific and spiritual, giving their thoughts on what the soul is - from cutting edge theoretical physicists who have a religious belief to religious leaders and humanists. A short film of them accompanies an object in a showcase that means something to them around the idea of soul. e.g. spirit animals, objects, myths. We would like to think about interesting ways in which the person’s soul object can be connected with them in their film. The films are accessed via a touchscreen – visitors select an object they can see displayed and the accompanying film plays.
We want to present this in a contemplative space without conforming to one spiritual/contemplative belief in its design.
Duration: 4 x 60s films
Format: 4k to accompany a real object display (WtC to purchase objects)
Estimated budget: £11,000 - to include all costs with the exception of the object purchase
Work completed by Friday 15th May 2020
8750 - Lifestyle
Here we explore the subquestion to the constellation - Will we ever prevent being ill...by modifying our lifestyles?
Context: We can make changes in our lifestyle to prevent illness, such as exercise, healthy eating, moderation and awareness of mental health.
Message: A reflection on how difficult it is to navigate all the advice about which lifestyle changes can impact on your health.
Essential: An exhibit that showcases how we get an overwhelm of conflicting messages about healthy lifestyles and diets and how they change over time.
A series of screens show a confusion of TV adverts over the years, for fitness equipment, diets, food, government agency advice etc.
After 30 seconds of them all playing at the same time, they resolve to one screen, with a doctor giving us advice on simply eating a balanced diet and exercising, with some basic advice.
The commission here is to compile the TV ad material that we have already sourced and shoot an additional short piece with a contemporary GP.
Duration: around 8 adverts running on a loop, plus a 60s film of a GP
Format: Lots of old screens (tbc)
Estimated budget: £10,000 to include filming GP and licences for clips (WtC to source clips)
Work completed by Monday 10th August 2020
8770 - What if we did Prevent Illness?
This exhibit asks visitors to consider whether we should indeed prevent illness and what the impact of that would be. We ask what if we did prevent illness in the context of an exhibit displaying live world population data ticking by with births and deaths – in a large display plus screens with films of experts talking about sustainability and illness. See worldometers
Context: If we prevented illness, the population would grow, putting a strain on our planet – how would we deal with this? What would that world look like?
Key Message: visitors reflect on what the future would look like if we prevented all illness. This exhibit must prompt discussion around illness prevention, population growth and the sustainability of this, rather than giving a conclusive answer.
The commission here is for three short films of different experts reflecting on what it would mean if we prevented all illness, the resources we’d need, the consequences for food, housing, etc. They do not need to provide answers, but a balanced context for visitors to consider the big question about whether we should prevent all illness or not...
Duration: 3 x 60s films (world population data display in the remit of the fabricator)
Format: 49" landscape screen
Estimated budget: £8,000 to include all costs
Work completed by Monday 10th August 2020