The British multimedia artist Katerina Jebb, who has created campaigns for Comme des Garçons and images for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, all through a digital scanner, will be in conversation with the V&A curator Oriole Cullen to discuss the possibilities of digital technology in image-making.
Jebb first turned to the scanner machine after she lost the use of her right arm when she was hit by a car in Paris in 1991. The scanner became her lens, which she initially used to create self-portraits. Soon after, she flipped the gaze onto sitters such as Tilda Swinton, Michèle Lamy and Laura Bailey. As her new practice of 'scan-ography' developed, she removed parts of the scanner in order to manifest life-size images; sitters must lie motionless for around 28 minutes.
The fashion world soon took note, and Jebb has collaborated with designers, brands and publications such as Acne, Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garçons and AnOther Magazine. In 2018, Jebb was commissioned by the Met to work on the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The resulting photo collages create haunting impressions of the garments and fashion relics from the infamous annual show.
Technology can aid us in transforming how we communicate fashion, something the move towards digital fashion shows over the past year has aptly illustrated. Back in 2000, Nick Knight and SHOWstudio began to experiment with 3-D technology, resulting in the fashion film Sweet. With more designers embracing AR and VR technology, now's the perfect time to get up to speed.
Tickets are £5 and the talk runs 16:00 - 17:00 GMT. Find out more here.