THE LAB is BitterSuite's experimental and collaborative hub. In the BitterSuite lab we work with sensory experts to create multi-sensory works which teach us about the body and the senses
We are committed to creating work that brings audiences and people together, we believe that art and sensory intervention can have a powerful effect on the rising rates of loneliness. Find out more here.
THE CITY SKIN
The CitySkin is an adaptive tool to be worn and used by citizens and artists alike. It offers the opportunity to observe these invisible parts of the world around us, and by considering, interacting with and being inspired by our surroundings in this new way we hope it can lead to a greater awareness of the crucial relationship between body and environment. This toolkit will be used to create two independent but complimentary forms of public engagement: the touring installation & the walking workshops.
Essentially the CitySkin is a reactive suit which gathers environmental and sensory information about the city and the wearer(s) as they explore the urban landscape. Designed by Freyja Sewell & Stephanie Singer it is intended to make the invisible aspects of the environment visible to us and for this process to encourage a new way of thinking about our environments.
The CitySkin is designed to draw attention to the fact of our body’s are in constant communication with the environment. With the air we breathe in and out, the water we drink and excrete, the pace the city exists at and our own internal pace, the sounds we hear and the sounds we make. This interaction between body and environment can be nourishing, replenishing, suffocating, destructive, inspiring and all things in between.
ILLUMINATIONS - Multi-sensory summer ball
21 July 2018
Alice Phelps, Shelley James and Bittersuite invite you to join this magical summer ball complete with live music, ballroom dancing and light shows underneath a moonlit sky.
10pm - midnight
8 June 2018
Kings college London
Delivered in partnership with King's College London 'Without Touch' is a short multi-sensory piece which invites the audience to experience stories and memories of prolonged tactile deprivation. 'Without Touch' is inspired by the notion that when we shake hands, hug, high five or wrap our arms around someone it brings us closer to that person. Touch helps us connect to people and the world around us. We experience touch everyday, whether that's sitting on a seat on the tube, feeling our clothes against our skin, or holding our mug of hot tea.
CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF
SENSIBILITY FESTIVAL 2018
20 - 21 May 2018
Sense, MIDLANDS ART CENTRE
Sensibility Festival invites you to explore, play and experiment. The programme includes sensory experiences, guided tours, and interactive accessible activities across two venues. The centrepiece of the festival is the Sensory Labyrinth, a large scale interactive arts installation designed to be touched, eaten, smelt, moved and felt.
Sensibility Festival is a unique arts installation that has been co-curated by 60 participants with complex communication needs. Together with local artists they have been exploring dynamic ways to develop accessible and multisensory arts practice. The festival challenges conventions of established art making methods and provides experimental art opportunities that nurture and inspire creative practices.
As part of the work that has been created Interpreters (Deafblind and BSL), captioning and audio description are embedded throughout the festival.
Sensibility has been co-produced by mac, Sense Arts and co-directed by Graeae Theatre Company and Steph Singer (BitterSuite/Open Senses Festival).
MUSIC and experience CONSULTANT FOR
SENSE OF PLACE
August 2017 - August 2018
Sense, MIDLANDS ART CENTRE
What exactly is it about ‘nature’ that improves our ‘wellbeing’? What do these two terms actually mean to people? In wellbeing literature, the value of nature is often understood in terms of ‘green spaces’ or attractive landscapes. In hospitals, nature is often introduced through pictures of landscapes or artificial plants. Such frameworks implicitly assume that the value of nature for wellbeing is inextricably linked to the ability to see it, and they often treat ‘nature’ as homogeneous. What if we remove the visual, and focus on the smells, tastes or sounds of nature? What if we immerse people in unfamiliar or ‘wild’ natural sensescapes? Does everybody associate the same sensory aspects of nature with wellbeing, or are the relationships more diverse and complex? We will use emerging immersive 360-degree sound and smell technologies to explore some of these questions to positively impact hospital design.
To find out more visit: https://naturesenseswellbeing.wordpress.com/about/
20th - 21st May 2017
Royal Academy of Arts
A sensorial journey of choreographed voices, sounds, touch and movements inside a secret space at the RAA. It heightens our awareness to change the way we perceive and embody the world around us. Each audience member is invited to construct their own imagined space through a landscape of poetry inspired by the myths and memories of the Burlington House. The immersive performance enquires into our haptic and phenomenological experience of architecture through the interplay of presence and absence, the sensed and the imagined.
Juri Nishi, artist and choreographer, Stephanie Singer, creative director of BitterSuite, Poetry by Amy Neilson Smith and Zara Jayne Performers: Susie Browning, Emma Laird Craig, Amy Harris, Zara Jayne, Madeleine Jonsson, Juri Nishi, Amy Neilson Smith