Marloes ten Bhömer: Material Compulsion

Stanley Picker Fellow Marloes ten Bhömer tests her shoe designs in unusual materials, 2012

Stanley Picker Fellow Marloes ten Bhömer tests her shoe designs in unusual materials, 2012

Marloes ten Bhömer: Material Compulsion

Stanley Picker Fellowship Public Discussion
4 – 5pm Friday 18 May All Welcome

Before we close our venue at the end of May for refurbishments, Stanley Picker Design Fellow Marloes ten Bhömer will be spending a week in the Gallery developing a series of film tests produced as part of her research into the cultural positioning of the high-heel, and hosting an open discussion to conclude the week’s activities.

The high-heeled woman is a complex construct; one designed for, and ultimately sanctioned to, the man-made environment. When placed (through the narrative of a film, for example) in alternative settings, or when forced to walk through unique substrates, she loses equilibrium – both physically and culturally – and begins to slip, fall, sink, tumble, crawl and sweat. The film tests will depict the physical effects upon a woman walking in high-heels and in various materials, from coal to sand to goo, and ten Bhömer invites the audience to consider the identity that each material might impose upon the woman.

A compilation video of research footage will accompany the discussion.

Contact our Participation Programmer Natalie Kay on n.kay@kingston.ac.uk or 020 8417 4074 for more information.