Directed by Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round | Composed by Jamie Perera
‘Climate Symphony turns data on climate change into a musical composition to tell the story of what climate change means through sound. This is the sound of a dying planet and our transient position in it. It aims to create agency, meaning and a means to express this – a sparkle of glitter amongst the scatter of kohl. Working with data scientists, journalistic institutions and the public we collate, create and verify datasets regarding climate change. The subject bases are varied – from food access to migration figures to parts per million of carbon dioxide and so forth. From the data collated we extract key narratives and turn them into notes, sounds and musical phrases along with other datasets to form an unfolding and engrossing story. This is an exploration blending science, art and sound to create a new journalism – reporting without borders. We have chosen sound and music because it is an inexplicably compelling, effective and engrossing vehicle.’
It’s the Skin You’re Living In explores and challenges images of climate change. It exists in three formats: a broadcast and online film; a miniature multi-screen installation; and a multi-user iPhone app. Shot in a series of locations from the islands of Svalbard in the High Arctic to a kitchen in a house in London – via the beaches and headlands of Barra and Vatersay in the Outer Hebrides, the M11 motorway, a dairy farm in Bedfordshire and the outskirts of Hackney and the Olympic Park – the project suggests that climate change isn’t a matter just concerning distant landscapes and threatened animals, but is an ever present part of everyone’s daily lives. It’s the Skin You’re Living In was developed during a residency at the University of Brighton, in collaboration with Dr. Julie Doyle. It was part of Cape Farewell’s Sea Change programme.