Unknown Unknowns

Unknown Unknowns (2010)
Mixed Media

Unknown Unknowns is a multimedia research library for an imaginary film. The film revolves around the worst-case scenario of a mid-air collision over Wembley Stadium on FA Cup Final day. The library consists of texts for auditions, location analysis and stunt coordination as well as computer simulations of flights, supporting photographic studies and objects. The library provides a platform to probe key themes and techniques characterising the complex nature of crisis management and risk analysis.

In collaboration with Denis Smith, Professor of Risk and Resilience at Glasgow University.

The project was funded by the EPSRC and the Royal College of Art.


Location Shoot

Exit Entry
62 Images
Guided By Bob Milnes, Security Manager of Wembley Stadium. A photographic survey examining exit and entry points in Wembley Stadium.

Photographs by David Spero

Audition Text
A4 Document

Graphic Design: Kellenberger-White

Flight Simulation
Film (00:09:14)

Boeing 747 flight training and simulation over UK airspace undertaken by Marc Owens using Microsoft Flight Simulator X.


Two A4 Documents
10 Pages each

Worst-case match text scenarios by David Pearce of Liverpool FC and John Speed of Everton FC.


Prop Device
Cockpit Voice Recorder
Black Polymer Resin

Stunt Coordination
A4 Document
14 Pages

Wembley Stadium stunt coordination and analysis by Stunt coordinator, Steve Truglia.