Text: Alec Coiro
Photos: Andrea Rossetti, BLESS and Manuel Raeder
We published a story about BLESS’s daycation project about a week ago, but the forever future thinking brains at BLESS has already taken part in a new design confection to tantalize us with. This time around it’s costumes made in collaboration with artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and the designers at Studio Manuel Raeder.
The titular 21st century may give a visitor pause as the costumes range all the way back to Edgar Allan Poe’s 19th century look. However, the important notion is not the embodiment of the past or the future, but rather the notion of the apparition. Perhaps the way images from the past and the future appear to us in the form of costumed or figures or other returns of the repressed and eruptions of the imagined.
In addition to apparitions there is also the intensely contemporary notion of play surrounding costumes — specifically cosplay. A uniquely interactive way into the exhibition, visitors are able to come “sans cos” and still participate in the cosplay with BLESS’s collection of “wearaways” and t-shirts.
The next and last chance to experience the cosplays will be on November 20th from 3pm to 6pm at Oberwallstrasse 1 in Berlin.