Athina Rachel Tsangari has created both a film and a projection installation for the 2012 destefashioncollection.
It is a “Greek Gothic” mystery inspired by the work of the young Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska.
Tsangari curated an haute couture “capsule” for the 2012 destefashioncollection, selecting works by young, avant-garde designers who boldly challenge the boundaries of fashion as wearable sculpture.
The pieces feature in both her film and projection installation, re-agitating the ongoing, essential dialogue between cinema, fashion, and the fine arts.
A distinguished international all-female cast of seven is participating, including Ariane Labed, winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival in Tsangari’s Attenberg; Clémence Poésy, known for her roles in the Harry Potter series and Danny Boyle’s 127 hours; and Isolda Dychauk, the lead in Aleksander Sokurov’s Faust.
THE CAPSULE, 2012
DCP, 1:1.78, Color, 5.1 surround, French
Short film shot on Hydra island in May 2012
A Haos Film production
Duration: 35 min.
SYNOPSIS: Seven girls, a mansion perched on a Cycladic rock, a cycle of lessons on discipline, desire and demise—infinitely.
Conceived and Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Written by Athina Rachel Tsangari and Aleksandra Waliszewska
Cast: Ariane Labed, Isolda Dychauk, Clémence Poésy, Evangelia Randou, Aurora Marion, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Sofia Dona
Executive Producer: Dakis Joannou
Produced by Maria Hatzakou, Kyriakos Karseras, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Director of photography: Thimios Bakatakis
Art Direction: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Costume Designers: Sandra Backlund, Bordelle, Ying Gao, Cat Potter, Isabelle Vigier, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana
Editor: Matt Johnson
Sound Design: Leandros Ntounis
Animation: Zina Papadopoulou & Petros Papadopoulos (Oval Image)
Animation Artwork: Aleksandra Waliszewska
The CAPSULE installation repurposes digital 3D technology to create a kaleidoscopic illusion apparatus, a modern-day adaptation of early cinema’s “Kinetoscope”.
It invites an unsuspecting audience of passers-by to enter an adventure of visual perception, dependent on their distance from the screen and their respective heights. Viewers are invited to either fully engage and “discover” the story unfolding on the screen, or fleetingly experience the images as mysterious, oneiric tableaux.
Two different movies are projected simultaneously onto the same screen, yet kept separate by optical filters. Although constructed from the same story, they juxtapose and amplify each other as twin narratives. Normal-speed scenes are punctuated by extreme-slow-motion shots taken from different camera angles, generating a stereoscopic narration in doubles.
A triangular mirrored lattice placed before the screen operates as a literal kaleidoscope, reflecting the images in a new set of distortions.
The CAPSULE installation was first displayed during the first presentation of the destefashioncollection in the iconic storefront windows of Barney’s, New York in June 2012.