APROPOS POLLY MAGOO
Galerie Natalie Seroussi at Villa Bloc, Meudon
October 2012 – October 2013
Apropos Pollymagoo started as a remake of the first scene of William Klein’s 1966 movie Who Are You Polly Magoo?, where a fashion performance takes place in the garden in Meudon, a suburb of Paris, in the pavilion built by the engineer, publisher and artist Andre Bloc. The Distorted organic form of Bloc’s Habitacle, an inhabitable sculpture, seemed very well suited for Klein’s own experiments in optical distortion. Klein asked the Baschet brothers, inventors of sound instruments, to design reflective metallic costumes the models could wear on the opening set.
Filmed on the same location and following Bloc’s architecture, Apropos Pollymagoo departs from the original script – it starts inside Bloc’s house and then moves into the pavilion and garden. On the way, the characters are transformed into robot-like creatures wrapped in reflective metallic sheets, dancing inside the pavilion and finally wandering the garden, gradually blending with the surroundings.
Music composed by William Kingswood
Cinematrography by Jure Černec
Costume design in collaboration with Jelena Proković
Film and objects are courtesy of the artist and Galerie Natalie Seroussi, Paris.