The Crying Dress

2012

The first in a series of Exquisite Electronics commissions.

This work was completed as part of a one-month quartier21 artist-in-residency during the Technosensual exhibition at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria.

In 2020, the global economy is in shambles. Localized production and craftsmanship experiences it’s first major boom since it’s decline preceding the 1920′s Industrial Revolution. The electronics sector in particular is hit by a scarcity of resources, causing prices to skyrocket. Electronics, previously known for their uniformity and quantity, almost overnight become a showcase for individuality, materiality and skilled labor. This development is now commonly known as Exquisite Electronics and today we live in a world where the rich commission extravagant Haute Couture electronics reminiscent of pre-industrial eras.

In 2028, the artisans KOBAKANT were commissioned to make an Extravagant Electronic funeral gown, also known as The Crying Dress. The gown was worn by the wife of the deceased commissioner in attendance of his funeral, where the dress shed endless tears of mourning. There has been much speculation on the commissioner’s motivation for ordering the gown prior to his death, but it is widely believed that he intended for it to console his wife and accompany her mourning.

Video

video: Kristina Kiremidjian (www.evelop.at/kristina)
model: Annette Zlatarits (www.motheragency.at)
makeup: Ina Holub

Photography

photographer: Florian Wieser (www.florian-wieser.com)
model: Annette Zlatarits (www.motheragency.at)
makeup: Ina Holub


Links

>> Making-of The Crying Dress
>> Embroidery gone Electronic Workshop
>> Hannah’s Flickr set
>> Mika’s Flickr set
>> YouTube playlist


Credits for professional video and photography:
video: Kristina Kiremidjian
photography: Flo Wiesers (www.florian-wieser.com)
model: Annette Zlatarits (www.motheragency.at)
makeup artist: Ina Holub
many thanks to: Anouk Wipprecht (Curator of Technosensual)