State of Flux was awarded the Jury’s Prize at the 6th ASVOFF Film Festival in Rome. For the Rome edition this year, Bulgari & Altaroma have come together to put on an exceptional event at the Tiempo di Adriano from January 24-26, 2014.
Launched by fashion icon and journalist Diane Pernet in 2008, ASVOFF
– A Shaded View on Fashion Film – has gained critical acclaim for encouraging both emerging and established artists to reconsider the way that fashion is presented and for challenging the conventional parameters of film. ASVOFF debuts in Paris during fashion week and tours the globe with subsequent screenings at prestigious institutions and events like the Barbican, the Guggenheim and Cannes Film Festival in a host of creative capitals such as New York, London, Tokyo, Milan, Moscow and Mexico City. ASVOFF is not only a competition of short fashion, style and beauty films but also a travelling international event showcasing feature films, documentaries, conferences, performances and installations – making it a must-see on both the fashion calendar and the film circuit. Genre-bending and groundbreaking, it has already brought together such illustrious names as Chris Cunningham, Róisín Murphy, Nick Knight, Erwin Olaf, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tilda Swinton, Steven Klein, Mike Figgis, Chloë Sevigny, Dita Von Teese, Max Vadukul, Bruce Weber and Ryan McGinley as well as Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Gareth Pugh, Sergio Rossi, Hussein Chalayan, Mr. Pearl, Rodarte, Givenchy, Yohji Yamamoto & Thom Browne.About State of Flux (2014)
State of Flux
was conceived along side with the series of photographs Altered States (2013). Laval directed a professional dancer to perform underwater, testing the body’s resistance in an unfamiliar element and under challenging conditions, thus evoking man’s struggle with nature and the uncertainty of the human experience. Here Laval continues to explore the vagaries of subjective perception and challenges the way we see by combining performance and time and exposing the mechanics of vision. The moving images, combined with an original soundtrack created by Laval, offer an otherworldly feast of textures and multiple surfaces evocative of sculptural forms. Using water as an additional – and distorting – lens, the artist generates a non-narrative work that oscillates between representation and abstraction and blurs the boundary between video, performance, sculpture and painting.