Filed under: News, Editorials | Tags: 032c, aliens, barbora dvorakova, clemens weisshaar, cybernetics, james cameron, janeen witherspoon, naoki komiya, norbert wiener, reed kram, tamara rothstein, tung walsh
This is the fashion pre-birth of mechanical unconsciousness.
The eight LED-equipped robot arms of Clemens Weisshaar and
Reed Kram’s installation OUTRACE are photographed
here in an Audi production hall in Bavaria before being shipped to
London for their public debut at Trafalgar Square.*
So says the epilogue to an editorial in 032c Winter 2010/11 by photographer Tung Walsh and fashion editor Tamara Rothstein that features Ford’s Barbora Dvorakova set against a backdrop of robotic arms from the OUTRACE project. With a title, “You’re Clearly Not Receiving,” that shows shades of Norbert Wiener‘s Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948), the story broadly suggests the interconnection between human and machine through their rather unnuanced juxtaposition. If girls in bikinis have been shamelessly used to garnish muscle cars, then Barbora does her editorial best to sex up the rarefied machines programmed by OUTRACE designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram.
Wearing a red cropped jacket worn over head by Y-3, red sports top by Falke, red leather trousers by Cerutti, veneer shoes by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, and gold lip piece by Rowland vs Slack for her first look Barbora stands out immediately despite being all but dwarfed by the machines and expanse of the warehouse at Audi‘s Ingolstadt headquarters. The other looks are decidedly more basic. For example, the second shot shown here sees Barbora from underneath wearing a brown and black leather coat with faux fur by Chanel and khaki knickers by La Perla or the third shot which features a navy padded dress and black skirt worn underneath by Comme des Garçons.
Tung Walsh’s documentary-like photography could not be better suited for this tale of beauty and the machine. Despite the laboratory coldness of the color the portraits possess a certain grainy richness that make them aesthetic rather than antiseptic. The harsh light and mass of wires of the fourth shot in particular recall James Cameron‘s Aliens (1986), albeit obliquely so, with Barbora wearing an ivory dress with fur head piece by Maison Martin Margiela. That it’s not entirely clear what is happening in this shot only serves to underscore the indeterminacy hinted at by the story’s title. On one level, yes, reception may well be impeded, but one thing is certain and that is the trifecta that is Barbora Dvorakova, Tung Walsh, and 032c.
* Please visit OUTRACE.org to see videos and learn more about OUTRACE and its installation at Trafalgar Square. Also visit 032c online to subscribe — what other fashion magazine includes top models, features on designers such as Rei Kawakubo and interviews with Rem Koolhaas? None!
Credits include: Publication, 032c 20th Issue Berlin Winter 2010/11; Title, “You Just Ain’t Receiving”; Photography, Tung Walsh; Fashion editor, Tamara Rothstein; Hair, Naoki Komiya at Julian Watson Agency; Makeup, Janeen Witherspoon at Julian Watson Agency; Fashion assistant, Letty Meanock; Robots, http://www.outrace.org.
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