Bionic People

30th July 2012 - 31st July 2012
Bionic People

This practical and inspiring two-day workshop is for disabled artists who already work with film/video and disabled emerging filmmakers who want to explore and extend their work in these media.

John Williams is a writer/director with over 10 years experience. His films combine live action, animation and visual effects, engagingly dealing with highly sensitive subjects, including mental health (‘Robots’), young children dealing with the death of a friend (‘Hibernation’) and a child’s complex feelings towards his robotic dialysis machine (‘Paraphernalia’).

Williams’ graduation film ‘Robots’ won over 10 international awards, and his films continue to win major awards across the globe, from the Young Director’s Award at the Cannes Lions to ‘Best Drama’ at the LA Short Film Festival for his short film ‘Paraphernalia’. His powerful film ‘Hibernation’, about two boys who try to bring their friend back to life, won over 20 international awards and has been screened in over a thousand cinemas worldwide. Williams recently directed ‘Magic’, starring Jane Horrocks, for Channel 4′s Coming Up series, and has just completed his first feature script with Sound Films entitled ‘Here on Earth’ the story of one man’s mission to the moon. He also works on pioneering music videos for the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead.


To apply to participate in the Bionic People workshop please send a CV, contact details and short statement to or telephone: 020 7251 8567   by 2 July 2012.


Bionic People is the final event in the Specimens to Superhumansseries curated by The Arts Catalyst and Shape exploring contemporary issues around biomedical science, disability and ethics, and how these are explored, represented and critiqued in art.  Earlier events included Labyrinth of Living Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum with Aaron Williamson, Sinéad O’Donnell, Brian Catling and Katherine Araniello, Alternative Ways of Thinking at Cheltenham Science Festival with Simon Baron-CohenJon AdamsGabriel Hardistry-Miller and Ben Connors and “All that happened to us…” at Roehampton University with Ann DickieAnna BergströmTrevor Mathison, Professor Raymond Lee, Dr Siobhan Strike and Dr Jin Luo.


This workshop forms part of ‘Specimens to Superhumans’, a series of events curated by The Arts Catalyst and Shape exploring contemporary issues around biomedical science, disability and ethics. It is funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award and Arts Council England

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United Kingdom
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