Join SHOWstudio again from 11:00 BST today when Iris van Herpen will continue creating her new 'Crystallization' dress. Having selected a stunning image from Nick Knight's shoot on Tuesday, van Herpen will be meticulously re-creating the splash of water that descended upon Daphne Guinness. We will also see and hear more from artists Geoffrey Lillemon and Salvador Breed who will be using Knight's footage to create an animation and sound design to accompany the dress. Put your questions to each of them at the bottom of the project page now. We will be asking them at 11:00 BST, 14:30 BST and 17:00 BST live online today!
Day one of Iris van Herpen's LiveStudio Splash! is complete. After selecting the image on which she will base her garment, van Herpen has set about creating her latest piece from scratch. Tune in again tomorrow from 11:00 BST to see her progress and put your questions to her now.
Iris van Herpen has selected the frame that will determine her new creation. Taken from the thousands of stills captured during yesterday's shoot, the image depicts cascades of black and clear water as they cover Daphne Guinness' silhouette. It was chosen during an intimate talk between Nick Knight and van Herpen broadcast live this morning on SHOWstudio.com. Van Herpen has now begun her newest design and we will be streaming live until 17:30 BST today. She will be taking questions from viewers throughout the stream so put yours to her now on the project page!
Today marks the start of Iris van Herpen's much anticipated LiveStudio Splash! Nick Knight captured high speed footage of Daphne Guinness being splashed with water during an incredibly exciting day of shooting at Park Royal Studios yesterday. Now, van Herpen will chose a frame from the footage as inspiration for her newest design. We're broadcasting the entire process from start to finish live over the next seven days. Tune in from 11:00 BST today, 3 April, to see Iris reveal her craft and put your question to her via the project page now!
Nick Knight has captured high speed footage of Daphne Guinness being splashed with black and clear water for Iris van Herpen's upcoming LiveStudio. Guinness looked positively statuesque as the streams of water covered her. Tune in tomorrow to see van Herpen use the footage to create her water dress.
Preparations are almost complete for Nick Knight to shoot Daphne Guinness for Iris van Herpen's LiveStudio Splash!. Four high speed cameras are arranged around the corners of the studio and will capture the structure of the water as it wraps itself around Guinness. The footage will not only be used by van Herpen to create her newest Crystallization dress, but will also be the material for a new film by Geoffrey Lillemon and sound design by Salvador Breed. Lillemon and Breed, together with Joost Korngold, are the artists behind van Herpen's recent couture teaser film Voltage which depicted an undulating metallic mass set amidst the Palace of Versaille. You can put your questions to Iris, Geoffrey and Salvador now to be answered during tomorrow's live broadcast!
Today Iris van Herpen, Daphne Guinness and Nick Knight begin Splash!, SHOWstudio's most ambitious LiveStudio to date. Preparations are underway at Park Royal Studios where Nick Knight will shoot Daphne Guinness on four high speed cameras while she is splashed with clear and black water. The footage will be used by Iris van Herpen during a seven day live broadcast, commencing tomorrow, in which she will create a new Crystallization dress. The dress is an evolution from her 2010 collection, which saw models wearing garments created from clear plastic moulded into the shape of splashing water. Van Herpen will guide us through the process while answering questions from SHOWstudio viewers. We will be blogging throughout the day today with behind the scenes images and live updates. Tune in tomorrow from 11:00 BST to see Iris scour the footage for the frame that will determine her latest design, and be sure to put your questions to her now!
Una Burke has collaborated with SHOWstudio on a fashion film to be released alongside her upcoming SHOWcabinet at our new headquarters at Motcomb Street. Centred around the potential in prosthetics to adorn, equip and enhance, the cabinet will feature Burke's signature leather sculptures alongside art works and garments by Kat Marks, Paddy Hartley, Ana Rajcevic, Dai Rees, Kyle Hopkins, Aimee Mullins and Betony Vernon. Today, we shot an exclusive fashion film directed by SHOWstudio's head of fashion film, Marie Schuller which brought Burke's latest sculpture subtley and surreally to life. The film and exhibition launch exclusively with SHOWstudio on 17th April 2013.
Daphne Guinness kick started SHOWstudio's new gallery venture, 'SHOWcabinet', with a fantastic launch party last night. People queued in the cold to catch a glimpse of Guinness' gorgeous installation. Mimicking the characteristics of a renaissance cabinet of curiosities, the SHOWcabinet features various items and artefacts which reflect Guinness' oeuvre and offers each of them up for sale. From her renown collaboration with jeweller Shaun Leane on the spell binding white gold and diamond glove 'Contra Mundum', to her scent, her favourite Diptyque fig candle and her heelless shoes by Norikata Tatehana, the cabinet offers an insight into the world of this fascinating artist, writer and muse.
The launch yesterday evening was attended by the fashion elite. Guinness herself wore a Gareth Pugh Black Leather Cage Jacket which reflected the one which had also been installed in the cabinet. Pugh was present as well as Phillip Treacy, Anna Trevelyan and Atsuko Kudo. Noritaka Tatehana flew in from Japan to celebrate the launch, and Hamish Bowles and Bella Freud were also there to explore our newest venture. The musical contingent was represented by the stunning Shingai Shoniwa, the lead singer of the Noisettes, and producer Pat Donne.
If you weren't there last night, make your way to SHOWstudio's new premises at 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia to see the SHOWcabinet for yourself. Daphne's installation will be open until 20th March. And most of the treasures on view are for sale. Don't miss it.
The wonderful Daphne Guinness is the first artist to participate in SHOWstudio's new gallery venture - the SHOWcabinet. Newly located in Belgravia's iconic Pantechnicon Building on Motcomb Street, the cabinet plays host to an array of items from Daphne's world and will be open from Thursday 21st February.
Over the past twelve years, SHOWstudio.com has collected and collated an array of wonderous and awe inspiring online content from filmmakers, writers and cultural figures. Through moving image, illustration, photography and the written word, the website provides a dynamic archive which reflects the endlessly changing creative sphere that it operates within and documents. We now intend to reflect this online wunderkammer within our physical space. The SHOWstudio SHOWcabinet manifests itself as part cabinet of curiosities, part commissioned installation space. Each month one artist or designer will be commissioned to create a piece which adheres to the dimensions of the central compartment of the cabinet. From tailoring to taxidermy, millinery to photography, the initiative provides a unique platform for artists from all disciplines.
Initially conceived of in Renaissance Europe, the curiosity cabinet or wunderkammer was originally a room rather than a piece of furniture. It housed objects and artefacts that defied easy categorisation and was often complete with exotic items from seemingly disparate and unrelated topics. It housed objects as diverse as historical relics, botanical specimens, works of art and scientific implements and presented a romantic vision of a dynamic and ever transforming world. The SHOWcabinet will embrace these characteristics and showcase the most innovative and diverse objects and artefacts from the worlds of fashion, art and beyond.
Our debut SHOWcabinet is centred around The Honorable Daphne Guinness. On the shelves Guinness launches her debut single 'Fatal Flaw'. Released as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl with unseen artwork by Nick Knight and penned by Guinness herself, this considered track affords unparalleled proximity to this elusive icon. Alongside the vinyl sits Guinness' armoured glove, anchoring her cabinet's central themes of beauty, brutality, revolution and romance. Created in collaboration with famed jeweler Shaun Leane, and titled 'Contra Mundum' or 'Against The World', this handcrafted, intricately made objet d’art took five years to complete and is perhaps one of the most technically advanced pieces of artisan jewellery in the world. A rare 17th century copy of Shakespeare’s tragedies is also unearthed next to a collection of Shelley's poetry and Pancha Tantra, a limited edition book of Walton Ford's illustrations. Other items, like a Diptyque Fig candle (her favourite), and the perfume Guinness created in cooperation with perfumer Antoine Lie and in collaboration with the house of Comme des Garcons add another dimension to the installation. Daphne’s love of the zodiac is also expressed with an arrangement of scorpions behind glass – precisely assembled by Guinness to represent her own star sign. Iconic designs created by Gareth Pugh and Norikata Tatehana also appropriately mingle in Guinness’ cabinet, representing the high fashion she has always championed.
The following cabinets feature leather designer Una Burke whose installation will revolve around prosthetics and couturier Iris Van Herpen who will create one of her signature water dresses in one of SHOWstudio's most ambitious LiveStudios to date.
The SHOWcabinet opens this week and visitors can see Daphne Guinness' installation from Thursday 21st February from 11am at 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8LB.
In their very first collaboration, Little Angel Theatre and Kneehigh's production of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings brings Gabriel Garcia Marquez's fable to life with a 100 strong cast of puppets. This whirlwind and fantastical tale follows the fortunes of the inhabitants of a rural English community after a winged seraph crash lands in their village.
Opening with the surprise arrival of the man in a beautifully violent storm which rocks their windswept coast, this celestial being mysteriously clears the town of its plague of crabs and prevents a local boy from a seemingly inevitable death. An emaciated, fragile figure bestowed with enormous, ethereal wings, he is quickly imprisoned by the villagers in a chicken coop as they spy a lucrative opportunity in offering out his extraordinary services.
Even incidental characters were well rounded and playfully depicted. Particular favourites were 'Barnardo the Backward, whose head was turned by a woman and now he only sees where he's been', and the little blue boy who journeys by bicycle, boat and hot air balloon to report news of the town's fortune to the ever illusive 'His Highest Eminence' who ultimately commands the same blindness to the being as the villagers themselves.
The language is wonderfully lyrical with playwrite Anna Maria Murphy offering a script which rang true to the magical realism rooted in the original story. She delivers a true-to-life narrative punctuated by moments of whimsical, often symbolic, fantasy described in the same matter-of-fact tone.
The play is a scathing if not sometimes simplistic satire of organised religion and superficial commercialism and exposes the exploitation of the weak or vulnerable that both are guilty of. All in all, a wonderful parable reminiscent of Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Go and see it.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings runs until the 19th January at Battersea Art Centre.
Claire Barrow created this customised vintage biker jacket during the first LiveStudio of our Flora season. Programmed to coincide with our Flora exhibition, for which Nick Knight ventured into the world of the 'hand rendered' with a series of pieces that were manipulated manually post-printing, there seemed no-one better to join us than Barrow with her painterly techniques and flora-inspired designs. The designer was live on camera for two days, and customised the jacket with an array of roses painted from life.
Barrow created her design specifically for Faris Badwan, vocalist of British rock quintet The Horrors. Badwan's lyricism and look share Barrow's affinity with post punk culture and made him the perfect model to bring the creation to life in front of Nick Knight's camera on the final day of the broadcast.
We are now so delighted that the fruit of Barrow's labour is now on view at Shop as part of our current exhibition 'Flora', and that it is available to buy exclusively from SHOWstudio. Get yourself a wearable work of art now!
While the GIF file format is twenty-five years old this year, it has recently gained considerable traction in the digital sphere. It is a format frequently utilised by SHOWstudio to animate our website or Tumblr pages, as well as often appearing in the wider practice of Nick Knight and other established artists. Most notably, Knight creating a heart breaking ode to Lee McQueen using the format, pictured above.
In his second recent collaboration with Paddle8, Knight will exhibit this piece as part of an online editorial project which features a curated selection of GIFs created by invited artists. The piece will feature alongside work by Adam Dugas, Casey Spooner, Spencer Sweeney, Jim Drain, Naomi Fisher and Nicolas Fernandez, among many others, together with a range of contextual materials on the history of the GIF itself.
In celebration of the project, Paddle8 and Tumblr are also hosting an online call for submissions of GIFs from Tumblr's vast, international blogger community -- culminating in a physical exhibition of selected GIFs on view during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. So, if you think your creations can compete with the best, submit your GIF via Tumblr from 17th October through 7th November 2012.
Even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the opening of Nick Knight’s highly anticipated solo exhibition at SHOWstudio Shop on Thursday night. Debuting two stunning bodies of work the exhibition showcases Knight’s continued fascination with the still life and flora.
Knight is showing his first limited edition portfolio, aptly titled Flora, which contains 15 arrestingly beautiful portraits of botanical species selected from the Natural History Museum’s herbarium. Knight spent three and a half years capturing the various specimens archived in the museum's collection and the result is a carefully composed but daring selection of photographs that map the presence of flora in our society.
Alongside Flora, Knight is also presenting an entirely new body of work that reveals the strides forward he is taking in the very medium of photography itself. Again using specific floral still life compositions, Knight has manipulated his images after they are printed. By using a highly experimental and fragile printing technique, each piece is manually exposed to heat and water before it dries resulting in a series of unique works that can never again be reproduced. What we are presented with is a hauntingly beautiful series that continually oscillates between photo and painting.
The show is open today and continues until the 21st December at SHOWstudio Shop which is located at 1 - 9 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6LT. Stop in now to see Knight's most experimental works to date.
In the run up to the much anticipated opening of our exhibition Flora, Nick Knight and SHOWstudio are teaming up with Paddle8 and Instagram to showcase images from Knight's summer holiday.
Following on from a season of groundbreaking online coverage of fashion month which included an extensive series of panel discussions streamed live over the internet, SHOWstudio are now joining forces with Paddle8; the web platform that is transforming the art market. Already boasting online exhibitions by Marina Abramovic and collaborations with the Royal Academy, Visionaire and Armory Art Fair, Paddle8 is not just another website trying to take art commerce online. It is augmenting the traditional gallery model by leveraging technology to allow members to view, research and acquire art works with the speed and ease that the internet affords. Never far from the zeitgeist of innovative onine ventures, Knight will utilise Paddle8 to feature his Flora portfolio online alongside his solo presentation of the work in the upcoming SHOWstudio Shop exhibition.
To celebrate this partnership, he has also collaborated with the site on a very intimate project. Beginning tomorrow, Paddle8 will reveal one of Knight's holiday instagrams each day over the coming two weeks. Knight's instagram feed is very much a shared visual diary capturing everything from high profile guests to everyday objects he encounters. The result is a constantly renewed collection of images that is eagerly consumed by his 25,000+ followers. In this very special collaboration, Paddle8 will showcase dramatic images of the Cornish landscape that offer up a taste of Knight's continued fascination with nature and botany.
To see these images visit Paddle8 each day over the coming fortnight and let us know what you think via facebook and twitter. You can also see Nick Knight's solo exhibition 'Flora' at SHOWstudio Shop, 1-9 Bruton Place, London from 11 October.
Last week SHOWstudio played host to four contemporary Chinese artists for a discussion on the Gao Brothers' The Execution of Christ.' This hugely engaging conversation not only shed light on the art work, but also gave a unique insight into the current situation in China and the limitations that are imposed on creative activity there.
Sheng Qi, Le Guo, Haili Sun and Voon Pow Bartlett joined Shop's very own Carrie Scott and talked candidly of China's recent history. With the Gao Brother's piece as a suitable backdrop, topics covered included the cultural revolution, China's open door policy, university education and surveillance on creative production. The footage is now available on demand at SHOWstudio and you can see the Gaos' infamous sculpture here at SHOWstudio Shop, 1-9 Bruton Place, until the 31st August.