Surrealist Fashion Show
at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center - Oct. 26,
By Melissa Ulto
Surrealist Fashion Show was billed as "the world's
largest show of living artists working in surrealism".
The experience of the event was truly immersive - all the
senses were assailed simultaneously in sound, sight, scent
and touch. Some of the costumes, Pandora's Box and a collection
of crocheted pieces, were so texturally fascinating, it
seemed you could almost feel the plaited wool sliding over
Visually complex layers of fashion, performance, video
projection, lighting and fog swirled in a hypnotic display
over a sparse set of white cubes and white plastic sheeting.
The music echoed at times the haunting music of "Eyes
Wide Shut", and punctuated the mood set by models draped
in audio tape, wire, plastic, rubber and raw cotton creations.
This event merely nodded to the standard concept of a "fashion
show" - yes, there was music, lights and unusually
tall and thin women walking about. But there the similarity
ended. From the extreme hair to the kabuki like make-up
to the very shoes these lithe creatures floated up to the
stage on, nothing was typical.
The environment itself, created by the Amoeba Technology
Collective, was a wall of video textures and patterns, throwing
grids and splashes of color across the models and dancers.
Part of the performance were transcendent butoh dance pieces
by KVK, in flaming red ballet slippers, a gauze wrap and
cotton shift. Another dancer, covered in latex and feathers,
contorted and writhed on the set. Raccoco Production's performance
of gift heads becoming masked children enchanted the audience.
Pandora's Box created sent costumed creatures down the runway,
evoking films like "The Company of Wolves" and
Missy Galore then took the stage, performing two songs,
with costumed performance artists Sarah Sparkle and Faux
Maux as backup dancers. Her video compilation shot at Teddy
Lo's Morphology installation filled the white plastic sheeted
set. Missy was followed by suckDATA, performing synth, beat
box and audio manipulations.
HERE TO SEE THE GALLERY
Lost Art, Apollo Braun, Marco Hall, AXEL, AnnieMurdock,
LanaShuttleworth, GLAZA, Pandoras Box, Illig, Graffiti on
Girls, OLEK, [dNASAb], Carla Eid de Diego, dressenceinte,
IHLO, Maureen & Katherine Stephan, Zam Barrett, Desirestyle,
Marrus, Paul Innis[make-up]
Aurora Crowley & Elena Lyakir [hair]
Amoeba Technology collective [environment],
Vulgaras, KVK[butoh], suckDATA, Eric Knubles, ZEMI-17, Peter
Missy Galore, Nicole Pilar, Bjorn Eriksson, ForwardMotionTheater,
Apollo Braun, Shane Evans, Action Daddy, Racoco Productions,
Ondi McMaster, Wendee Diamond and more.. .