Straight from the archive, SHOWstudio have teamed up with cultural centre Onassis to present 14 fashion films from the past two decades - all exploring the theme of transformation through performance and technology. Evolving the very language of modern image-making, these short films incorporate 3D scanning, motion capture and animation while tying together with dance, installation art and boundary-pushing fashion shoots, launching new visions of beauty for the modern world.
Exhibiting the 14 fashion films at Athens' Pedion tou Areos Park - one year after the cultural foundation's You and AI show - the new digital art exhibition Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data surveys the body, be it ours or the body of others; be it individual or collective, human, non-human, or – ultimately – planetary. Starring 25 international pieces, including 40 solar batteries that collect energy to create an artificial moon (and a huge red planet), Plásmata promises to entertain us while providing a pause for thought in the Athenian summertime.
'How do we understand gender within a digital setting? How do we see our own selves in the reflections we ourselves create? What does disability mean, or the extension of our abilities? How do pharmaceutical and medical technologies help mould our intentions? What sorts of bodies does a machine imagine, and how can it make them? What kind of a body is created by platforms that engender job insecurity? What is signified by the non-human body, and how does it express its own subjectivity? What does the ever-expanding digital economy entail for the planetary body that is Earth?', questions Onassis in their promotion for the event.
We may not have the answers right now, but hopefully, Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data can provide an in-depth analysis that expands our consciousness, once and for all.
Delve deeper into our relationship with the famed cultural centre by exploring our previous projects with Onassis here.
Onassis' free exhibition Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data with feature at the Pedion tou Areos Park in Athens between 23 May and 10 July.