It’s the Skin You’re Living In

It’s the Skin You’re Living In is a multi-platform film project about climate and connectedness. It exists as a single-screen film, a multi-screen installation, and an app

Winner – Award of Recognition – IndieFest Film Awards 2017

It’s the Skin You’re Living In is a multi-format film project, that explores and challenges images of climate change.  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.

There is a man dressed like a bear; a polar bear.  Sometimes he looks like a person dressed like 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 app

We’re excited to announce that our first ever app is now available to download. To watch the official app trailer, and to find out more information see:


It’s the Skin You’re Living in is an attempt to make images of climate change that remind us of how profoundly we’re connected to both nature and culture, how we’re all undergoing change, on a journey, searching for home.  It’s language is 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 can be viewed in the films section of our website.  It also exists as a miniature multi-screen installation and as a free multi-user iPhone app.

It’s the Skin You’re Living In was developed as part of a residency at the University of Brighton, in collaboration with Dr.  Julie Doyle.

Contact Fevered Sleep for more information, or search #fsSkin on Twitter to keep track.

Ali Beale
Production Manager

Robin Dingemans
Bear Man

David Harradine
Director, editor, sound

Tim Kindberg
VideoSync app

Jess Tiller

Music: Francis Poulenc, Mouvement Perpétuel No 1, performed by Danny Manners

Developed through a residency in the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Brighton, in collaboration with

Dr Julie Doyle

If you want to discover more about the research behind It's the Skin You're Living In, visit the Here Today collaborative blog

Supported by

Produced with financial support from:

Cape Farewell, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust

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Venue Dates Booking Information
SALT festival at Quarterhouse - Folkestone 21st October - 22nd October 2015 This event is free
University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado 11th June - 15th June 2015 Screened as part of The 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment
Millenium Gallery - Sheffield 7th June - 12th June 2014 As part of the Interactive Expo at Sheffield Doc/Fest
Nida Art Colony - Nida, Lithuania 22nd May - 25th May 2014 As part of Inter-Format Symposium on Flux of Sand & Aquatic Ecosystems
Barbican Centre - London 1st March - 2nd March 2015 11am - 6pm
We Create weekender (app experience)
Royal Botanic Gardens - Edinburgh 8th November - 26th January 2014 10am - 4pm
Fuelfest at Battersea Arts Centre - London 5th November - 9th November 2013 INSTALLATION
Onca - Brighton 13th September - 13th September 2013 FILM SCREENING
Young Vic - London 6th September - 9th September 2013 INSTALLATION
Central School of Speech and Drama - London 26th September - 6th October 2013 INSTALLATION
Dovecot Studios - Edinburgh 6th September - 6th September 2013 FILM SCREENING
Forest Fringe - Edinburgh 19th August - 24th August 2013 INSTALLATION
Crate Floating Cinema - QE Olympic Park - London 21st July - 21st July 2013 FILM SCREENING
The Place - London 7th June - 22nd June 2013 INSTALLATION
Unity - Liverpool 5th April - 6th April 2013 INSTALLATION