PING Trilogy

Lorraine Smith, Daphne Karstens

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The PING Trilogy is a development of original costume performance piece ‘PING’ by designer Daphne Karstens (co-devised and performed by Lorraine Smith). The project aims to develop the trilogy PING, PANG, PONG, which can be performed as a full performances or as separate pieces. This first R&D stage of the trilogy (in Amsterdam) is funded by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie (awarded to Daphne Karstens) and focuses on the development of PANG. Themes explored include the relationship between the human body and celestial bodies, transformations of complex three-dimensional shapes as costume on the body, and experimentation of costume and light.PING has been exhibited and performed around the world, most recently in Russia as part of the ‘Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation’ exhibition in Moscow which took place at various locations. ‘PING’ has also been exhibited in Finland (‘Critical Costume 2015’), China (‘Evolving Design for Performance’ exhibition at the ‘National Centre for Performing Arts’, Bejing and ‘Mingyuan Contemporary Art Museum’, Shanghai), United Kingdom (‘CONFLUX’ exhibition 2015 in London) where ‘PING’ won the ‘Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust Prize’ and Taiwan (‘World Stage Design 2017’) where ‘PING’ was awarded the silver award in Costume Design.
Original languageEnglish
TypePractical Research & Development
Media of outputCostume Performance
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2020

Bibliographical note

Creative Industries Fund NL is the Dutch cultural fund for architecture, design and digital culture, as well as every imaginable crossover.

The Fund strives to make a substantial contribution to the quality of professional design practice within and especially between the disciplines of architecture, design and digital culture. Part of this endeavour is the interdisciplinary interplay between the cultural, social and economic domains. The Fund supports exceptional and innovative projects and activities of designers, makers and cultural institutions in the creative industries.

Aims and objectives
The aim of all the grants and programmes is to enrich the creative sector and through cooperation to strive towards a culture- and knowledge-driven creative economy. The Fund promotes the production and presentation of architecture, design and digital culture from the Netherlands at home and abroad. At the same time the Fund contributes to the formulation of broadly supported design solutions for societal issues through its grants and programmes.


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