Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

I came across this interesting exhibition called Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto which is being hosted at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo on the trendtablet.com site the other day. I thought it was pretty damn cool and wanted to share it.

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

Ernesto Neto is one of Brazil’s biggest contemporary artists. He creates large installations that often fill an entire space. His works are sensory intensive and works with touch, smell and sense.

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

Through this title we would like to challenge some human positions which place us at the center of the universe, multiverse, etc. The idea that takes our mind out of our body as if it were something supernatural beyond nature, as culture would be out of nature and not part of it. Life is bigger than us and we are part of it; if there is a God, God is nature, we are a special little part, but still a part
It is a sculpture from the family Balanço (Swing), made of a skin and a catwalk, this catwalk is in suspension, and people are able to walk, sit or lay down on it. In the case of LIBWPO (Life Is a Body We Are Part Of) , the piece is made up of two parts: Zoid aisle up and the ovule living room. It is a sculpture to be experienced. We also have the idea to lift people up close to the glass building in such a way that would cause them to experience some vertigo, or at least deal with the feeling of floating in the “Sky”. The piece is a work which deals with stability – how we move, desire and fear. With this work, we try to create a place that is body or animal-like, and at the same time a landscape for ourselves. The door is the portal between these two universes, or the continuity of them. The walls’ skin on the piece is made with interconnected spiral crochet cells. The body catwalk is made of “Roe Cells” – tubes full of plastic balls.(source)

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

There is a great making of video available

The dedicated Louis Vuitton site for their artist series in Espace has a wealth of additional photos and videos to pursue. You can also see past exhibits. It’s worth dealing with the annoyingly stupid gallery interface. For those of you in Tokyo, you have till January 6, 2013 to see it in person.

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By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.