PING - costume performance: Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation

Lorraine Smith (Other), Alex Traylen (Photographer), Daphne Karstens (Designer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Images of the costume performance PING (designer - Daphne Karstens, performer - Lorraine Smith) are included as part of the Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation exhibition. Images of the work have been included across three venues: the State Historical Museum, the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum and the Centre for Contemporary Arts Mars.

PING is inspired by Samuel Beckett's piece of prose 'Ping' (1966) and near-death experiences. The performance visualizes the struggle of a person submerged in an unknown and ephemeral world, exploring the relationship between the physical body and out-of-body 'spiritual body'. The spiritual body is ephemeral; it might only exist for the briefest of moments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
EventINNOVATIVE COSTUME of the 21st CENTURY: THE NEXT GENERATION (International Symposium) - State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Costume Designer - Daphne Karstens

Daphne is a costume designer based at Broedplaats LELY in Amsterdam. In her work she explores the concept of body sculptures to create wearable art pieces.

She obtained her BA in Scenography from De Theaterschool, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2013. She continued her education at the MA in Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She graduated in 2014 with the performance ‘PING’.

She combines sculpture and costume to create experimental performance pieces and films. She often works with unconventional materials and combines the individual qualities of materials in experimentation with shape and structure.

Her project ‘PING’ has been exhibited on various locations around the world. In London the project has been exhibited at the LCF MA 2015 exhibition at the Victoria House Basement and won the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust Prize with the performance at the CONFLUX exhibition in 2015. ‘PING’ has also been exhibited at Critical Costume 2015 in Helsinki and was part of the Evolving Design for Performance exhibition at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing and at the Mingyuan Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai in 2016. In 2017 'PING' was selected to exhibit at World Stage Design 2017 in Taipei and won the Silver Award in Costume Design.

Other examples of locations where her work has been shown are at the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Colorado, Tees Dance Film Festival at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Performatik in Brussels, Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam.


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