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August 27 2014

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3 posts tagged "Gang Gang Dance"

Exploring The Underground With Jefferson Hack

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Jefferson Hack can now add a multimedia festival to the long list of projects he oversees, but as he told Style.com on Friday night, the one-day event, Dazed Live, is a league apart from the Glastonburys and Coachellas of the world. “Our festival isn’t strictly music, though there is lots of it,” he said at a preview fête at East London’s latest hangout, the century-old Town Hall. “It’s about film, art, architecture, thought, and ideas. The idea is to explore the underground and the alternative with an inquisitive eye—and to offer people with an antidote, really, to the bog-standard festival.”

Lily Donaldson, Lulu Kennedy, Pam Hogg, Dinos Chapman, Duffy, Peter Pilotto, and more all came by to take in the offerings on Saturday. Spread out across numerous venues but headquartered at the iconic Town Hall hotel, the lineup included 81-year-old Alejandro Jodorowsky, who gave a talk and a live tarot reading before the screening of his cult movie, Holy Mountain, at the spookily appropriate Shoreditch church. Elsewhere, Aaron Koblin (left, with Hack), the creative director of Data Arts and Google Creative Labs, gave a Q&A about new Web technologies and languages, and psychedelic guru Daniel Pinchbeck (this generation’s answer to Timothy Leary) introduced his film Time for a Change. Fashion was represented by SHOWstudio’s Ruth Hogben—the woman behind many of the visuals and films for Lady Gaga, Gareth Pugh, and Alexander McQueen—who talked about “Future Icons in Fashion Film” while bands like Gang Gang Dance (who debuted its new album) and Factory Floor rounded out the night shift.

“Ninety percent of the itinerary is either debut or a premiere, and our goals were to bring print, digital, and live performances together, in perfect symmetry. It’s also a way of getting our readers involved, for them to be in the same environment as the editors—like stepping into a magazine in a way,” Hack said. “Hopefully, this will be just the beginning.” Brave new world, in other words. But what about the brave old world event of the year, coming just the end of this month? “God, I don’t care,” he replied, when asked who should dress royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton. “I am actually going to be away that weekend, and I personally don’t give a shit about the wedding! And you can print that.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dazed + Confused

The Dance of Verrier

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Post Black Swan, dance has gotten a bit of a bad rap. But the art isn’t only the provenance of unraveling young prima donnas. It’s also, as Verrier designer Ashleigh Verrier reminds us in her latest collection film, a genteel pursuit—even if, in Verrier’s case, it’s a slightly trippy one.

Verrier’s Fall ’11 collection was inspired by Newport Remembered: A Photographic Portrait of a Gilded Past, Deborah Turbeville’s look at the mansions of some of America’s wealthiest citizens, like the Breakers, the famous private home of the Vanderbilts. “They have their own sense of subterranean life that she was very much out to capture, and that was sort of the underlying theme of the collection,” Verrier said of Turbeville’s shots. She incorporated that sense into her own collection using houndstooths and muted fabrics, evoking the opulent lifestyle at The Breakers. But the modern twist came courtesy, Verrier said, of a trip to MOMA and an avant-garde pioneer. “Danse Serpentine” by the late nineteenth-century modern dancer Loie Fuller was particularly influential. “She was able to paint each frame of the film and create an illusion based on how the clothes were moving from a dance standpoint,” Verrier explained of Fuller’s work. Verrier’s own film, debuting exclusively above, was directed by the fashion lenswoman KT Auleta and styled by Ben Sturgill, with music by Gang Gang Dance and an invisible dancer from the Joffrey Ballet School.

On The Scene At The Armory Preview Party

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Despite last night’s near arctic temperatures, swaths of people turned out for the Armory Show 2009 Preview Party at MoMA. Under some very trippy lighting effects on the museum’s ground floor, DJ Justin Miller spun disco-punk tunes while guests clustered around one of the many bars (we saw three, at last count). Some guests chose to wander—sans drink—around the museum’s upper floors, but most stuck close to the cocktails, like the absinthe-infused “Van Gogh”—named for a noted devotee of the bohemian spirit. The crowd itself was an eclectic mix, from smartly dressed collectors and perma-tanned, heavily-accented gallerists to forlorn artist-hipsters and scantily clad PYTs. The night’s fashion winners included shiny, belted gathered dresses paired with black tights, the winter-weather mainstay. Experimental rock group Gang Gang Dance marked the evening’s high point with a bass-heavy performance in front of the lobby’s glass-and-metal curtain wall, providing stellar views of MoMA’s funky sculpture garden. If last night’s kickoff bash is any indication, this weekend’s art fair-heavy agenda—Armory, Pulse, Red Dot, Bridge, etc.—will be rocking.

Photo: Sam Mayne