Iris Van Herpen’s Aeriform collection explores the elemental nature of air and water. Flowing over and around the models, Van Herpen’s signature structural forms mimic bubbles, waveforms, splashes- places where air and water meet and mingle.
The show, however, goes beyond the collection. As a visceral foil to the playful lightness of the collection, Van Herpen chose Dutch musical performance group Between Music and their ‘hypnotic biophonic sound sculpture’, Aquasonic. Encased in glass boxes onstage, the performers hang suspended in water like specimens in a museum. The result is like some kind of Damien Hirst orchestral nightmare, full of beautifully unfamiliar instruments and a sense of deeply claustrophobic terror.