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Shapeshifting: Innovation with a Creative Mind

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11 June 2020 at 1:50 pm

Shapeshifting: Innovation with a Creative Mind
22-26 June

From 22 – 26 June, Sarabande will open its doors once again* to bring you Shapeshifting: Innovation with a Creative Mind – a new exhibition entitled Architecture of Autonomy and a week of online events exploring creative innovation including a panel discussion; digital exhibition; art film and behind-the-scenes footage, which will mark the end of a two-year design project by Sarabande alumni, Kristina Walsh.



This project started with designer Kristina Walsh reimagining the design and possibilities of the human body. Beginning by creating beautiful prosthetic legs for performance (currently leg prosthetics focus on walking and sports) Kristina paired with Canadian circus artist Erin Ball, who is a below-the-knee amputee, and created the first prosthetic legs specifically for aerial circus. Through Kirstina’s research she became familiar with a diverse community of creatives, who have collaborated with her to bring the sculptural design series to life through film.

Architecture of Autonomy shows the evolution of Kristina’s project: from a designs series including new accessories, sculptures and prosthetics, through to photos and footage showing the collaboration of ten women. The project culminates in a beautiful short film, directed by Mae Sass, showing dance and silk work executed by a group of five international disabled and non-disabled female dancers and performers. It expresses different levels of personal freedom, accessibility and space. It features choreography by Cathy Waller, an original score from saxophonist Trish Clowes and diaphanous, ruffled clothes from womenswear designer ROBERTS|WOOD.

As well as the short film of the choreographed performance, drawings, designs, photos and prototypes to tell the story, the exhibition will show a behind-the-scenes film exploring the process to complete this project and behind the scenes footage. The exhibition will also be available to visit digitally, will be filmed by The Net Gallery and Kris will also give a tour of the exhibition on the Sarabande website. The event series will open with a panel on Tuesday 22 June.

*There will be new measures in place to keep visitors and staff socially distanced and safe: 

  • Visitors must book a 20-minute time slot to enter the exhibition, as an individual or as one household, through the Sarabande website and Eventbrite. Household groups will need proof of address.
  • Visitors will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer on entry and exit of the exhibition.
  • A designated route will be in place with clear two metre markings on the floor within the large, open exhibition space. Clear signage will remind people to stick to the route and maintain social distance.

This project has been made possible through the generous support of Arts Council England and Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation.