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Swing Shoe Shop Swing Shoe Shop Swing Shoe Shop Swing Shoe Shop

By selene

On 26, Sep 2012 | In | By selene

Swing Shoe Shop

Inaugurating the new 45cbm gallery at the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, the Swing Shoe Shop involved opening a pop-up shoe shop using Apple-store aesthetics to sell original 1920’s-1940’s shoes. Gallery attendants and curators sold the ready-to-wear readymades for the bargain price of €99.90. The spectacle of disarmed museum visitors caught up in a frenzy of nostalgic consumer desire was accompanied by a floor projection of swing-dancing feet, showing people how to use their ‘new’ shoes. Meanwhile a museum audio guide prompted critical reflection on the spectacle with back-stories to the antique luxury items. A swing dance lesson opened and closed the exhibition.

On 26, Sep 2012 | In | By selene

Footwork Inversion

At the Swing Shoe Shop, the spectacle of disarmed museum visitors caught up in a frenzy of nostalgic consumer desire was accompanied by a floor projection of swing-dancing feet, showing people how to use their new shoes. A live swing dancing workshop opened and closed the exhibition. Footwork Inversion‘s video floor projection is also a precursor to the work-in-progress 16mm film installation Syncopation.

Frigidaire Exhibition Frigidaire Exhibition Frigidaire Exhibition Frigidaire Exhibition

By selene

On 26, Sep 2012 | In | By selene

Frigidaire Exhibition

The film Frigidaire tells the story of a stewardess’s relationship with her vintage fridge. The eponymous exhibition showcases the film in a custom-built theatre, expanding the cinematic narrative into the gallery space with photography, sculpture and installation along with Women in Refrigerators, its comic-book adaptation. These views of the Kunstverein Friedrichshafen and 14-1 Gallery show an airplane cabin installation, movie posters and painted billboard, and the fridge model P100, a subliminal sound installation, all ubiquitously branded under the fictitious airline label Frigidaire.

Imperial Aircraft Imperial Aircraft Imperial Aircraft

On 26, Sep 2012 | In | By selene

Imperial Aircraft

Frigidaire Airline

Imperial Aircraft is an installation of the cross-section of an airplane cabin with branded cushions and seat-back monitors showing commercials for domestic appliances from the Imperial (1957) and Sheer Look (1956) campaigns. (The videos are in the public domain).

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Lollipop Portraits Lollipop Portraits

On 20, Sep 2012 | In | By selene

Lollipop Portraits

The LolliPop Portraits  are a series of 12 video portraits of women from the ages of 4 to 84, each consuming a lollipop in their own idiosyncratic way: some wistfully savouring the intense flavour for three quarters of an hour, some crunching down to the lollipop stick in under two minutes. Having been left alone with only the camera and their lollipops, the portraits’ subjects strip away layers of preconcieved sexual metaphor and self-conscious performance to reveal moments of breathtakingly beautiful introspection.

Visitors to the show have the opportunity to choose a lollipop and sit down in front of a live video camera to perform their own real-time lollipop portrait.