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It’s The Skin You’re Living In

Directed, Edited and Sound by
David Harradine
Production Manager
Ali Beale
Danny Manners
Jess Tiller
6 Sep - 21 Oct 2015
David Harradine

Fuel presents It’s the Skin You’re Living In 

It’s the Skin You’re Living In explored and challenged images of climate change. It existed in three formats: a broadcast and online film; a miniature multi-screen installation; and a multi-user iPhone app (Co-produced with Fuel).

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 suggested 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.

There was a man dressed like a bear; a polar bear. Sometimes he looked like a person dressed as a bear – human, fake – and sometimes he looks like he might actually be a bear – animal, real.  Over the course of a fragmented journey from the northern reaches of Europe, through Scotland, to the south of the UK, the bear-skin-costume is dismantled, revealing the man inside the animal.

It’s the Skin You’re Living In was an attempt to make images of climate change that reminded us of how profoundly we’re connected to both nature and culture, how we’re all undergoing change, on a journey, searching for home. Its language was one of broken images, repeated actions and walking, walking, walking; a strange, sad, and funny meditation on being human and being animal, lost in a changing world.

It’s the Skin You’re Living In is now available as free to download iPhone app and as a touring installation. Using wireless video sync technology, the app lets a group of people experience this unique piece of art on their phones, in real-time, in real life, together.

The 8 minute film version is available to view anytime online

Download the app anytime from the App Store. Watch the trailer for the app here.



Performed by Robin Dingemans.

Produced in association with Fuel.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England with additional support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


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