The wonderful world of Hermès collided with the spectacular, creative vision of the director and artist Robert Wilson in New York. Working together to present a surreal, off-kilter realm centered around Hermès’ home collections, the performance-driven installation, entitled ‘Here Elsewhere’, is a captivating articulation of the label’s values.
“The idea was to craft a unique relationship between man and objects to explore the oxymoron that exists at the heart of the Hermès Maison Universe.”
Upon entering a prismatic, mirrored archway, guests found themselves in an abstracted home environment, adorned with Hermès furniture, flatware, home accessories and jewelry that a cast of Wilson’s performers delicately interacted with.
‘By creating "Here Elsewhere", I wanted to see how different objects could complement each other. Taking one object and putting another one next to it helps me to see them better, and every encounter enhances my perception of them. They become important in their differences or similarities.’
In the next circular room, an actress, decked out in a silver number that looked fit for the New York City Ballet stage, stood on a podium as the Hermès objects rotated around her on a 360 degree video screen to the sounds of a dramatic Phillip Glass score. She was followed by another actress in a sparkling red gown, who repeated a series of dancer-ly movements on the podium.
‘In this ﬁrst room, video portraits of wild animals are projected. They are calm and still. They remind me of the words of American poet Ezra Pound, which I used in my first productions: “The fourth: the dimension of stillness. / And the power over wild beasts.” Animals have always fascinated me; they have a way of listening interiorly.’
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