Studio Above&Below is a London 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. Believing in research based art, Studio Above&Below works with scientists, technologists and other artists 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 and Arebyte Gallery about the intersection of art, design, technology and its impact on the environment. Perry and Daria are current fellows at NEAR NOW, Nottingham and BOM, Birmingham.


Upcoming Exhibitions (2022):

ARTour, Basel, SWI; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK; Broadway Gallery, Nottingham, UK.


Past Exhibitions:

This awarded artist duo has been exhibiting since 2017. Among the places we can highlight the following:

2017 – Central Space Gallery, London, UK; Hamiffal, Jerusalem, ISR; Archfilmfest, Istanbul, TUR; Spazio Ridotto, Venice, ITA; Royal Academy, London, UK;

2018 – 202 Gallery (Central Saint Martins), London, UK; International Shortfilm Festival, Oberhausen, GER; Sónar Festival, Barcelona, ES; Artburst, Berlin, GER; Electrofringe, Sydney, AUS; GAMMA Award Exhibition, Seoul, KOR; 

2019 – Aesthetica Art Prize, York, UK; Tate Exchange in collaboration with Her-vision, TATE Modern, London, GB; Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Zuecca Projects & the PhotoPhore,  Venice, ITA; WRO Biennale, WRO Art Center, Wrocław, POL; NKF – Nordic Art Association, Stockholm, SWE; HERE < / > THERE x Today Art Museum at SIA, Beijing, CHI; SPACE Gallery, London

2020 – Sensing Systems, Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Festival Zero1, La Rochelle, France; Broadway Gallery, Nottingham, UK; Fiber Festival, Amsterdam, NL; NODE Festival, Frankfurt, GER; Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, POL; Factory Berlin x Sonar +D x by Beats by Dr. Dre, Berlin, GER; Shenzhen Bay STarts Festival (previously Shenzhen Media Art Festival), Shenzhen, CHI;

2021 – Arebyte Gallery, AR Workshop, London, UK; Shaping the Invisible World, HEK, Basel, SWI; ECCE, Ruhrarea, GER; OGR Nesta Italia + STARTS, Turin, ITA; FeralFile: The Long Cut, Online, worldwide; AR Biennale, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, GER; LACA Shard, London, UK; CIK Knivsta, Multuhuset Möbeln, Uppsala SWE; Postsensorium RIXC Art Science Festival, RIGA, LAT; Tieranatomisches Museum, Berlin, GER; Frequency Festival: Digital Democracies, Lincoln, UK; London Design Festival, V&A, London, UK; New Now, UNESCO Zeche Zollverein, Essen, GER.



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