“Inception” is an immersive multi-sense experience, incorporating fashion, animation, projection, and music, curated and presented by fashion designer Agnieszka Kulon, installation artist Berfin Ataman, and video artist Edward Yang. This show lasts for two weeks, and will be on view till Friday, November 3rd.
Video art is still considered by many to be a fairly new medium of artistic expression and communication. Video has a strange presence. It takes up space, but not in a traditional sense of what taking up space can mean. One can move through the medium or with it. The medium proposes a new definition of physical presence. Fashion design, on the other hand, is the very definition of physical presence. It is material, we dress in clothes, we move through the world in clothing. We can either treat in a Unitarian sense where it is simply a practicality or we can choose to elevate what we wear and treat it as a sculptural element.
A video artist, an installation artist, and one fashion designer collaborate together with these three seemingly different media and ask to consider how we understand the materiality of the world we live in. Embedded in this show are questions of interdisciplinary practice, how the old and new can inform one another and come together to create an emboldened statement.
“Inception” captures a sense of time, sewing the past, the present, and the future into one piece, presented in a minimalistic and futuristic space that only exists in our imagination. It is a prologue of “The TimeGate,” a new VR project that the Zhou Brothers started in China this year. Michael Zhou – the executive director of Zhou B Art Center who brought the three artists together – said “It has been a vision of the Center to keep evolving, and VR technology has enabled us to consider how art will be shaped in the future. We would like to act as not only an exhibition space, but a creative hub that produces an experience that connects people to what is coming up next.”
The show will be a celebration of the 13th anniversary of the Art Center, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be playing a free concert on the first floor to foster the celebration.