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Inner Peace (2023)




1 - 30 June 2023


Somerset House London



The Nelson Staircase, an exquisite replica of the Navy Stair that suffered bomb damage in WWII, stands as a symbol of resilience and the significance of peace. The ‘Inner peace’ live performance represents a convergence of ‘Music-mind-textile’, seeking to inspire equity, diversity, and inclusion through an immersive multi-sensory performance.

Using the power of music and interactive textiles, the creators of this installation take their audience on an emotional journey to rediscover peace within humanity, as expounded in the book The future of the mind published in 2014 by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.

‘Music-mind-textile’ combines smart interactive textiles and musical performance to engage the audience in an immersive display with their feelings and emotions directing both visual and sound effects. Through the connected neural network of individuals, a shared experience is created and expressed through the responsive installation. This captivating collaborative work encourages social engagement with surroundings, merging original music composition with smart-textiles, celebrating neurodiversity and inclusivity.

Using innovative textiles to create a cross-disciplinary data science formation, the project is a collaboration between; Amelia Peng, MA Textiles student at the Royal College of Art; composers and musicians of the Royal College of Music; Foster + Partners’ Specialist modelling group; and Italian textile weaver Dreamlux. With over 10 nationalities working in collaboration, we use design across education and industries to drive innovative progress towards a more inclusive future. The powerful interdisciplinary approach highlights the strength of the intersections between art, design, science and technology.

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