Studio Above&Below is a London and Ruhrarea based art and design practice founded by Daria Jelonek (DE) and Perry-James Sugden (UK) after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Their work combines computational design, speculative storytelling and digital art in order to draw together unseen connections between humans, machines and the environment – working towards better future interactions with our environment. Believing in research based art, Studio Above&Below works with scientists, technologists and communities to push the boundaries of digital media for future living. Over the last years the duo has created ground breaking artworks using immersive technologies such as AR and MR with live data inputs in order to make the invisible visible and give our environment a voice to express itself.
The duo's work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Royal Academy, Tate Modern, V&A London, Photophore during the Venice Biennale, Today Art Museum, WRO Biennale, SONAR, WIRED Japan, Hyundai Motorstudio and the International Shortfilm Festival Oberhausen.
Previous prizes and fundings include the Near Now Fellowship, Collusion Art Funding, Lumen Prize (shortlisted), Bloomberg Bursary, WIRED Creative HackAward (finalist), Communication Arts Award - Interactive Art and the Battersea Sculpture Prize.
Studio Above&Below regularly gives talks at culture and technology institutes such as Nottingham Contemporary, Retune Berlin, Microsoft Research, London Design Festival, Royal College fo Art and Arebyte Gallery about the intersection of art, design, technology and its future impact on the environment.
The founders are current fellows at NEAR NOW, Nottingham and BOM, Birmingham.
ABOUT (Perry-James Sugden)
Perry is an artist, designer and technologist. As Co-Founder and Director of Studio Above&Below he develops long term vision and technical strategies for the Studio alongside constant research and critical thinking about positive future uses of technology in the everyday.
Perry holds an MA in Information Experience Design from the Royal College of Art. He leads the Studio’s conceptual and technical projects through investigations into emerging technologies, computational design, digital languages and interaction design.
His work has been exhibited at Photophore during the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, ICA London, and SIA Beijing.
Perry has a deep interest of behavioural changes through technology, which leads to his research into the future of cities, sustainable computation and Augmented Reality as a speculative tool.
ABOUT (Daria Jelonek)
Daria is an artist, designer and researcher. As Co-founder and Director of Studio Above&Below, she pushes the Studio’s vision to invent positive future interactions with the environment through creative technology, research and creative direction.
Daria holds an MA in Information Experience Design from the Royal College of Art. She develops new business opportunities for the Studio, leads the creative direction and examines the research into nature and technology.
Her work has been exhibited at a variety of cultural and technological institutes, such as Royal Academy, Tate Modern, V&A London, Photophore during the Venice Biennale and International Shortfilm Festival Oberhausen.
Daria has a deep interest of the relationship of nature and technology, which leads to her research into the future of living with in the increasing amount of technology and the degradation of nature, sustainable consumption and how technology can give our environment a voice to express itself.