Monday, October 31, 2011
heres the article from last week!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
"Suited for Subversion is a project to create a suit that protects the wearer at large-scale street protests. The suit also monitors the wearer's pulse and projects an amplified heartbeat out of a speaker in the chest of the suit.
I designed and fabricated the first prototype of the suit as part of my Masters Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. The project draws on my work as an activist involved in street demonstrations in New York, and is influenced by the work of other activists and demonstrators who wear protective clothing and make creative use of tools and technologies for protest.
Of particular influence are the 'white' or ‘white overall’ tactics of the Ya Basta, WOMBLES, or the Tutti bianche, who wear white protective-wear to protests. Like the Pret a revolter clothing line produced by my friends Las Agencias, and pictured below, centre, my suit fuses white tactics with more playful, carnivalesque, or 'pink' tactics. As much as my suit is armour, it is also disarming; as much provocation as protection."
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I was speaking with Dennis Issac, Faculty member in the Fiber Department, last night about his really amazing and very touching work with veterans as part of his job as a master pattern maker at Under Armour. I mentioned a Smithsonian article I had read about Anna Coleman Ladd, a young woman sculptor who, moved by the tragedies of disfigured soldiers returning from WWI, dedicated herself to working on tin masks these men could wear in order to be able to integrate back into society and their families a little bit more. In searching for the article, I came across this work "Project Facade" that I thought a few of you might find very interesting.
Friday, October 21, 2011
When I stumbles across this piece by the japanese fashion design house Nechia, I was reminded of prior research into the origins of Hussar military jackets, which many theorize were abstractions of the skeleton, intended to create fear and horror in the opponent on the battle field. Following the image of a British Hussar is a photo of a body-paint tradition in the Mount Hagen region of Papua New Guinea.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
william burroughs appeared at occupy wall street this morning with a half a dozen racks of suits and ties and a group of tailors and barbers. they measured occupiers for suits and fitted them, doing alterations on the spot. for more pictures of this INGENIOUS action, visit this link.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER:
mannequins in montreal- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MHu0RFRLyE
spring 2012- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdWQDwSrRKg
video collaboration- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo5wdMiXHQ4
video collaboration 2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C_LMYdKzWY&feature=relmfu
performance in reaction to his work- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwboTRv9c_s&feature=relmfu
spring 2012 collection- http://www.style.com/fashionshows/video/S2012RTW-PUGH
WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tmtosgxKig&feature=related (2010 collection)
-Anna and Kate
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A theater production in development, Blue Boy addresses abuses in the Catholic Church through powerful visual metaphors involving masking. Unrelated to subject matter, I thought some of you might be intrigued by the handling of the children's faces in the production. View a clip here.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I was looking for some more examples of Russian Constructivist set design in thinking of your work in class. I came across a page of films that relate to the kind of retro futurism we talked about in class last week. Along the way I came across a website that explores movement (and uses Monty Python as a hilarious example.) Again, not that this is directly what you are working towards, but just some dynamics to consider as you explore your characters.