Material.Environment.Mediation 01

In this installation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam 2016 we, Barbara Langendijk (fashion designer), Jochem Esser (fine artist) and Lisette Ros (critical performer), question how to define fiction and reality.

The type of medium, through which we perceive things, determines our experience. Clothing, a designed combination of pieces of cloth, is a medium. The way we perceive clothing connects to the identity of the wearer and the identity of the garment.

The way in which we experience data depends on what kind of medium is used. The sound you will hear during the performance comes from an external source.
This is being transformed into a signal and transported by water. The sound will be different through different media, so what can ultimately be defined as the ‘real’ sound?

The installation is a mix of several media. What defines fashion when a piece of cloth is not wrapped around a body? What is reality and what is fiction within the installation and within the world surrounding us? Which of these are pre-conceived and activated by technology and which arise spontaniously, in present time, in ‘reality’?

Are we, as humans, with our inability to think in an abstract way (our brain works with associations), able to define what is real and what is fiction?

My work ‘INTERVENING SPACE: My Self, the fetus’ strengthened the layer and question: what is real and what is fiction? That four hour live performance is about my conceptual and visual interpretation of ‘the Self’ and identity [the identification process]. During my desk research I discovered that ‚the Self’ and identity to me are two components, which are complementary, deriving off each other. I concluded that in the current [Western] society a human being can only have a sense of self when the identification process has not started yet, and therefore when there is no self-consciousness yet [fetus]. 

Thus, for this collaborative work, we stated that this performance exaggerates the question of the real and the fictional and makes this identifiable with the human being, how we move within our daily lives.

To get an indication of the exclusive installation and performance, watch the short videos underneath:
Material.Environment.Mediation 01 video with sound
Material.Environment.Mediation 01 stop motion without sound

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