The project includes a series of 7 images on lightboxes and also it would be a multimedia (digital animation – work in progress).
In «Défilé» we explore the way individuals deal with the concept of mortality by juxtaposing images of death with images of beauty, in this case high fashion. In pairing fashion with death, we have found a modern-day counterpart to the traditional juxtapositions of love and death and beauty and death. It appears a fundamental aspect of human nature to only conceive of death in conjunction with something else, as if to take the burden off thinking of death exclusively. An obsession with fashion, symbolizing temporality, can be seen as a way to deal with the fear of death. It is an ancient preoccupation, as can be seen in the elaborate rituals in Western and non-Western cultures associated with death. Humans have always attempted to «decorate» death, based in part with a desire to ward off death. It is this idea we intend on exploring in our project.
With the help of modern digital technology we intend on creating virtual events that evoke the spirit of medieval carnivals, in particular Dances of Death. The corpse/models will float over an invisible podium, the edges of their clothes fluttering as if they were gliding over a catwalk. This bizarre recorded fashion ritual will form the basis of a larger multimedia performance, the Dead Line Ball.
In developing our project «Défilé», we were motivated by the idea of pairing fashion, with its extreme temporality, with death, with its constancy and inevitability. At the same time, we intend to leave participant/spectators with a sense of the circularity of life, and, in part, make death easier to contemplate. In granting these morbid forms a sense of dignity and beauty in death, in a sense an afterlife, we hope our audience will find something of value in this project.