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To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, Rotterdam and London based performance artist Mette Sterre’s new performance Black Hole Empire explored current research and theories around black holes through digital technologies.
Black Hole Empire reflected on this natural phenomenon by mimicking the behaviour of black holes through costume design, movement and sound. Working together with dancers and choreographers Olivia K. Norris, Aline Derderian, composer Matthijs van Wageningen and scientist Daniela Huppenkothen, Sterre developed this work through trial and error.
Mette Sterre is an artist working with sculptural volumes to distort the human body. In her work these body masks function to make the invisible visible. Her practice revolves around the notions of the grotesque body; transformations, artifice and hybridity. Working interdisciplinary she combines costume, visual art and theater in her work. Her work has been shown internationally at the Watermill Center in New York, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and the Prague Quadriennale amongst many others.
The project was commissioned by Arcade East and is generously supported by Stichting Stokroos and CBK Rotterdam.
Arcade East was developed to host a themed season of events and installations with a focus on digital practice and innovation each summer as part of a new LCF Arts Programme. Most projects are developed in conjunction with a new interdisciplinary space, the Digital Learning Lab, which operates at the intersection between traditional and digital practice for design, making and ideation. This summer’s programme focuses on design, technology and performance and this event marks the beginning of a launch series of experimental projects.
Arcade East Launch was part of London Design Festival 2017.