My work looks at the built environment as a delicate ecology through methods that visualize the cycles of life by engaging the everyday users of place via immersive and collective participation. I have developed a series of audio/video mappings of cities which use the drawing technique of the section-cut as a way to get inside the city forming trajectories in time and space to filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time and to address the relationships between humans and the ecologies in which they are situated.
My audio/video mappings also engage the everyday users of the city. Their choreography often takes the form of a performance and/or installation, documents which are participatory and that I often refer to as life-size and inhabitable drawings in process. Within them, city residents collect, experience, reflect, and contribute.The multiplicity of participation adds further accuracy to the work and thus furthers the sensibility and awareness. My design work responds to these observations with proposals (products and systems) which complement these representations by addressing in simple yet inventive ways the conditions of our built environment that need rethinking.
About Martha Skinner
Martha Skinner studies our built environment as a delicate ecology using representation methods that visualize the cycles of life in order to more acutely address temporal, social and environmental issues. Her work internationally includes several Living Maps of cities, which include NY A/V, PROXY_florence, día de los trastos, and BiCi_N. These projects involve the inhabitants of our cities in their daily routines to affect, in real-time, possibilities for social and environmental change.
As the 1999 Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, Martha developed Notation A/V, a seminar about the merging of drawing and moving image, a methodology she exploits in her work to filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time with solutions that address the relationships between humans and the ecologies in which they are situated. As a professor at Clemson University (2001-2014) and as founding partner at field office (1997-2010) she furthered that research. In 2011 she launched 10^10, The Exponential Power of Design and has recently given a TEDx talk on that idea: our capacity to work together on a huge collaboration for the well being of our environment and in turn the well being of each of ourselves individually.
Martha’s work has been exhibited internationally. Honors for Martha’s work include exhibition of her work in the 10th Venice Biennale and at the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, five awards from I.D. Magazine, a Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine, and receipt of a People, Prosperity and the Planet Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her work has been recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, ID Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, Architectural Record, Transmaterial, and WordChanging.
Martha was born in Colombia and lives in the United States. She has lived in France, Italy, The Czech Republic, and Spain.