The costumes outline the body and open up new possibilities for interaction and re-creation of art. The idea is to change our perspective on the work being displayed: the human body can also be a canvas; it can also be a gallery. When wearing the costumes, the visitor plays an active role between artistic concepts and abstractions.
Bringing the public inside the artwork. The visitors became elements of the composition. Props have been produced in order for the participants to experience the drawings in their own bodies. To wear and feel the disproportions represented at the art “The Painter and the Model” enabled a funny and immersive mediation, making the artwork accessible to anyone.
The transformation of an abstract figure can be felt on the human body. The Costume turns the torso into a three-dimensional pyramid. As we open the Pyramid Costume, Kandinsky’s “composition #218 (Two Ovals)” bursts into colors and textures. What is the feeling of each color? Yellow is rough in the palms, purple tickles with its plush and Red is a viscous suede.
A dress-like Costume adds textures, smells and imagination into the bowl. It was designed to reveal itself in several layers. Pockets hide smells associated with the colors all around the Costume. Could the color blue have a smell? Just like Kandinsky’s original idea, colors have a will of their own and affect our sensations.
A composition may be formed by a single element or, yet, by several of them. The Multiple Costume has a special dynamic in which the arms are abstracted in a retractable cylinder. They also have small magnets attached to the end of the sleeves that can attract other sleeves nearby; this allows a set of different shapes or a single piece (by joining two sleeves and creating a circle), as well as multiple costumes (joining the sleeve of a piece with the one next to it).
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama obliterates herself in her artistic practice. To obliterate is to disappear, camouflaging in the environment. The public can experience this concept by wearing three different costumes of different textures and patterns, that employ the same kind of fabric as the background. Imagine camouflaging yourself as a flowery cheetah! Or becoming Kusama’s polka dots wearing bubble wrap!
The costume made of balloons is inspired by the work “Walking on the Sea of Death”. The half empty balloons resemble the shapes of tentacles, that the artist presents in many of her works. The costume can be worn so that people can feel repetition and excess in their own body.