To a student of The University, Edinburgh’s Informatics building could be just another place where lectures are held, but hidden within it is the Inspace laboratory/gallery space. The venue has a clear aim; to explore the cultural significance of informatics and new media. And in new project 2colours, it has certainly found that.
A unique combination of fashion, visual instillation, live performance, 3D projection and more,c is a collaborative project between Edinburgh College of Art’s Jacob Birge and Inspace. Presenting two collections over two days, Birge aims to ‘give people a chance to witness a battle between fashion, sound and abstract visualization’.
Whilst events which combine the visual/audio world with fashion aren’t necessarily groundbreaking in and of themselves, what is unique about 2colours is the way in which the days are organised. The activities which make up both days are divided to represent certain aesthetics. One day is ‘blue’ (representing ambience and space) whilst the other is ‘red’ (offering an extreme and sharp view of objects). The 3D aspect of the work is also an exciting addition to the exploration of cross-media art.
In addition to more ready-to-wear presentations, both days feature a variety of activities; from Birge’s 3D conceptual fashion collection, to a ‘pop-up’ shop selling one of a kind garments. This allows for an interesting use of the space, offering an interactivity not found in traditional exhibitions.
Birge has told us to ‘expect the extraordinary’ and from what we've seen so far, we may well just have these expectations met!