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  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation view|

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Lead Graphic - Depicts orange background and white reflected typography of title

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Lead Graphic

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation view: The Zersetzung platform- Monochrome

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation view: The Zersetzung platform- Monochrome

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation Close-up view: The Bespredel| Scorpion tail- Image depicts a close-up of a black leather dress shoe with a white 3D printed scorpion clasp that fits around heel

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation Close-up view: The Bespredel| Scorpion tail

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation Long view| Image depicts photo of dimly lit exhibition space, spot lights focused on installations and points of alternating heights around the room

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation Long view

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition X-ray view of The Kompromat boots| image depicts monochrome boots with coca cola can next to it and X-ray of boot on wall behind.

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition Xray view of The Kompromat boots

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: The Kompromat boots| Image depicts a close up of the wedge from The Kompromat boots which are a black and white mary- jane style detailing, exposed burnt metal wedge with a caused coca cola can beside

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: The Kompromat boots

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Hall

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Hall's Krysha boots

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: The Lastochky boots| Image depicts side view of Lastochky boots that have a silver foil material at front and black leather with a neon pink strip attached to heel which features a DNA swab

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: The Lastochky boots

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Knee high Chapman boot| Black knee-high Chapman boot has black pony hair insert on leg an dis displayed so it is leant against the exhibition wall on a angular plinth.

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Knee high Chapman boot

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Video| Image depicts a screen with video footage playing and 4 3D drawings mounted to the wall of a shoe

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Video

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Geiger sandals and socks| Depicts the display of sandals with Xray image on wall beside of shoe, Geiger sandals are based on traditional Japanese Geta – wooden clogs that are raised off the ground- using black leather and chrome looking thong for sandal

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: Geiger sandals and socks

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: distant view of The Bespredel| The image depicts an overview of the exhibition space with the Bespredel shoe in centre focus

    Laboratory 12 exhibition| Photograph: Exhibition installation: distant view of The Bespredel

  • Laboratory 12 exhibition| Exhibition view: Lead Graphic on display case

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Fashion Space Gallery Design Resident 2015: Benjamin John Hall

Laboratory 12

22 April – 15 July 2016

Benjamin John Hall, Fashion Space Gallery’s first design resident, took inspiration from current geopolitical issues and espionage. His starting point and continued focus of interest is the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko. The title of this exhibition, Laboratory 12, one name for the KGB’s secret poison laboratory tasked with developing colourless, tasteless, odourless poisons. One such poison, Polonium – was identified as Litvinenko’s cause of death.

Through a collection of highly engineered footwear, Hall explores the extent to which governments potentially could or already are securing their best interests in a current global political and economic environment that is marked by uncertainty. Each of the eight pairs of shoes on display in this exhibition highlights a specific notion or concept unearthed through his extensive research into documented tactics used by various security agencies worldwide. These range from subtle psychological warfare to concealed recording devices.

 

 

 

 

By interrogating the possibilities or – in some cases – the realities of how far governments are prepared to go to maintain the balance of powers by bending international law and manipulating the media to hide this from the public eye, Hall draws attention to the precariousness of contemporary world politics.

To enable some of the footwear’s intended technical functionalities, Hall collaborated closely with architect and material scientist Richard Beckett, wearable computing and tangible design researcher Nanda Khaorapapong and 3D print and CAD designer Martyn Carter. The combined expertise of Hall and his collaborators has resulted in a series of complex, highly evolved shoes, both fully wearable and fully operational.

Exhibition Design by Steven Legget.
Graphic Design by Nikos Georgopoulos.

 

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