Anke Loh autumn / winter 2001-02
Below the belt
The presentation of this collection ‘Unter der Gürtelinie’ / ‘Below the belt’ took place in the bright underground hallway of the Centre Pompidou, where the glass elevators were an indispensable part of the spectacle. As the spectators were standing scattered over the room, the elevators started moving, carrying the male and female models downstairs.
With this concept, Anke Loh created a kind of physical (auditive) proximity between the spectators and the spectacle, without however crossing the boundaries of actual physical contact. The interaction with the crowd created a unique personal attraction on a metaphorical and local level giving the collection a more personal dimension.
Some of the models were equipped with small speakers attached to a minidisk, which they were holding in their hands. While mingling in the crowd, the spectators could hear the music coming out of the models’ speakers. Also several microphones were spread over the entire space and when approaching one of them, the models’ music was broadcast over the main speakers creating a bizarre mix of ongoing background music and musical fragments.
Hussein Chalayan: Afterwords
in association with groninger museum, groningen
exhibition: april 17 - september 4, 2005