Future Bodies | Bart Hess
Bart Hess is the young Dutch designer who shot to international fame with his ‘Slime Dress’ for Lady Gaga in 2011, barely four years after graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Crossing boundaries between design, fashion and art, his developing oeuvre is a series of studies into materiality, (virtual) reality and technology. He is fascinated by the human body, which he tends to cloak in ways that have little to do with styling or fashion and more with performance art and science fiction. High-tech materials seem to merge with the skin of the models he uses for his studies. In the last ten years he has moved from recording his work in video or photography towards more theatrical pieces that want to engage and envelop the viewer in a new kind of reality. This exhibition will be the first survey of ten years of Bart Hess’ design projects.
Future Bodies is part of the programme marking the Mondrian to Dutch Design year.
Photos: Inga Powilleit Photography / Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch