Fast Forward

January 22, 1999 to March 04, 1999

Fast Forward is an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring the complex and multi-layered relationship between fashion, art and the media, and brings together a diverse range of artists and designers from the United States and Europe. The CCAC Institute worked closely with Fast Forward's original organizer, Vienna's Künstlerhaus, to adapt the exhibition for the Bay Area.

The title Fast Forward refers to fashion's temporal structure, which both anticipates the future and recycles the past, and to the equally cyclical mechanism of media developments that operate between innovation and repetition. The exhibition's 16 participants use a diverse range of media to examine how fashion is communicated to the public and to investigate the alliance between fashion and the media. Participating artists include Vienna's Hussein Chalayan, known for his idiosyncratic style and intellectual approach to fashion; Antwerp-based Raf Simons, whose mise-en-scènes inhabit the space between fashion, pop music and performance; the London-based team of Simon Thorgood and Suzanne Lee, who will install an interactive digital runway that, when walked on, projects images onto surrounding walls; and Austrian designers Helga Schania and Hermann Fankhauser (creators of the design label Wendy and Jim), who will present a performance entitled Protection. Fast Forward will be fully documented through a website that will allow visitors to create an ongoing dialogue about the work on view.

Fast Forward will take place in CCAC's Kent and Vicki Logan Center, in a unique "exhibition carrier" created by Vienna-based Propeller Z Architects. Elements used to display components of the exhibition—pedestals, presentation displays, exhibition containers and surfaces for computer terminals and other technical equipment—become puzzle pieces that are cut out of the main carrier. The remaining maze-like structure serves as the basis and center of information from which the exhibition stems. For the duration of Fast Forward, the Logan Galleries will thus be transformed into a lively environment that encourages interaction and learning.