The “City Skin” is a project looking at why different cities feel different.
This project is dedicated to the research and creation of a city skin which is an outfit designed to chemically respond, react and gather information from the city environment around it. The skin will respond particularly to levels of radiation, co2, ph of the water and air pressure. We will also be gathering found sounds and other environmental data for instance average pace of walking, proximity from one body to the next.
All of this and emotional and embodied data will come together in a touring installation of city skins where we can look at, listen to and feel the invisible qualities of different city environments. Each skin will eventually be frozen in time and become a chemical snapshot of the city at that moment in time.
Stephanie is a composer, sensory artist and creative director. In 2014 she founded BitterSuite, a company devoted to creating multi-sensory experiences for classical music. She has created 4 original multi-sensory concerts to date, which have been produced at festivals and venues throughout the UK. She has collaborated with over 400 sensory artists and musicians, and partnered with The Roundhouse, Bristol Arnolfini, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sense and Heart n Soul with her work being featured in The Evening Standard, Time Out, Vice, I-D Magazine, The Smithsonian Magazine, ITV, The Guardian and on BBC Radio 3.
Stephanie is the founder & creative director of Open Senses, the world’s first sensory arts festival, launched in May 2017 at 25 major London venues. She is currently the artistic director for inclusive sensory arts festival Sensibility in Birmingham at Midlands Arts Centre & Touchbase.
In 2014, she was invited by Broadcast Music Inc (BMI), the American performing rights organisation, to attend their Musical Theatre Workshop and develop soley as a composer. She received The Jerry Harrington Award from BMI for creative excellence, and was selected from hundreds for a masterclass with famed musical theatre composer Alan Menken in spring 2017. Most recently Stephanie scored Meta, an original piece for a new ballet by the New York City Ballet.
Freyja Sewell is a designer who creates for the mind. Much of her work is aimed at facilitating privacy and mindfulness with-in our increasingly hectic and connected world. She explores this though both traditional furniture and cutting edge technologies, creating spaces and tools for increased metacognition and mental wellbeing.
Freyja graduated from 3D Design at Brighton University in 2011. During her degree, she won a scholarship to Nagoya University of Arts, which provided an inspiring insight to Japanese design culture, a core continuing source of inspiration in both her personal and professional life.
Her HUSH chair is in production by Raskl Design and has been part of multiple exhibitions and articles. In 2012 she was awarded the London Design Museum Residency and her past clients include Selfridges and Unilever.
Freyja has recently returned to London after two years living and working in Tokyo. During her stay she attained JLPT3 Japanese Language proficiency and spent time working with Nendo and Kengo Kuma whilst completing the prestigious Daiwa Scholarship. She was awarded the Furniture Makers Guild Bursary to undertake her studies at the RCA.
Freyja believes that rather then passively allowing technology to change us by shortening our attention span, isolating us in echo chambers and exploiting our addictive tendencies, we must pro-actively harness it to shape our minds, and so our future, for the better.
Alex Kilpatrick (Chemistry)
Helen Steiner (Fashion & Materials)