The Exquisite Corpse Project14.12.19 -
NO MEASUREMENTS REQUIRED is a fashion show + party celebrating the use of garments as a medium in artistic practices. For the closing event organised as part of Eclogues (an apology for actors), Tenant of Culture invites Judas Companion and The Exquisite Corpse Project – two London-based artists and collectives using second-hand textile materials in their practices – to show their creations during a night-long event taking place at NICOLETTI contemporary on Saturday 14 December, 6 – 11 pm.
The sculptor, painter, textile designer and performance artist Judas Companion (Jasmin Reif, 1984, Germany) will present a new series of masks made of wool and a wide range of found materials and leftovers collected by or donated to the artist. Evoking the tradition of carnival as a temporary site of excess, expenditure and transformation of identities, models will be wearing Judas Companion’s series of eerie and unapologetically grotesque masks together with composite jumpsuits made of leather scraps taken from discarded sofas.
The Exquisite Corpse Project, founded by Valerie Kong (1994, Hong Kong), grafts 38 participants together to create a collection of clothes and accessories based on the rules of the ‘cadavre exquis’, a game invented by the Surrealists in 1925. The pieces in the collection are composed of fragments that each player improvises before passing it on to the next who adds an element to it and so on. By preventing the envisioning of an end result before the game stops, The Exquisite Corpse Project opens up playful intersectional dialogues between participants whilst projecting a vision of the body wearing the resulting garments as an active site of exchange and transformation. The collection will be presented in the format of spreads across the gallery space accompanied by a selection of looks worn on models throughout the evening. As an extension of the project’s last live presentation, a publication will also be launched on the night with limited copies available.