‘Can I discuss an idea with you perhaps tomorrow? It’s difficult to write this in an e-mail but easier to discuss or brainstorm by phone potentially… are you around?’
Erik had this idea in mind for a different Christmas card this year.
‘Can we show what groupH does through the means of movement and dance? Can we find a way to explain science through arts? Conceptual, abstract and minimal.’
A team of 14 got together and started developing this challenging and beautiful idea in mid-October. The team was a collaboration of composers, cinematographers, contemporary dancers and multidisciplinary artists based in London
With concepts such as ‘thinking outside the box’ and ‘support’, the piece tries to reproduce the team work present at groupH. The team as a vehicle between the real world and the mind. The colours of the dancers’ costumes represent heart (red), brain (white) and legs (black). They also represent groupH’s identity. The masking tape is a visual metaphor for the data that travels across the team and outside the team, the individual’s thoughts and the team’s thoughts; and how all these ideas connect through the tape. With teamwork, the tape becomes a plaster. The plaster is an image of a patient getting help.
A story about the balance between thinking, doing and delivering. A visual story about arts and science working together. About helping each other to contribute towards a result that will hopefully improve people’s lives.
We also made a second, more upbeat version of the piece. You can view it here.
For a deeper dive into the creative process, click here.