Alison Moloney

1914 Now

Alison conceived and commissioned this film installation which presented museological concepts associated with the curation of fashion and dress and to document curatorial trajectories and interventions. 1914 Now considered and presented four curatorial roles: an object-led curator; an exhibition-maker; a designer and curator; and a museum director, operating an experimental space for the display of dress. Curator Amy de la Haye and filmmaker Katerina Athanasopoulou started with a tea gown in order to examine the dawn of modernity; exhibition-maker Judith Clark and filmmaker James Norton used ‘Il Vestito Antineutrale’ by Giacomo Balla to explore the Futurist elements of fashion. Kaat Debo, Director MoMu, Antwerp, and filmmaker Marie Schuller investigated the tensions between ornament and modernity; menswear designer Walter Van Beirendonck collaborated with Bart Hess to reinterpret the typical war helmet, reinterpreting a symbol of warfare as a peaceful statement on current political issues. As the art and architecture biennales in Venice present multiple perspectives on curatorial interventions, 1914 Now presented the distinctive voices within fashion curation.

SHOWstudio, 06.11.14
Spazio Punch Gallery, Venice, 06.11.14 – 04.12.14
RIBA, London, screening and panel discussion, 27.11.14
Silencio Paris, screened for Paris Couture Week, 01.01.15
RMIT, Australia, Design Hub gallery, 05.03.15 – 02.04.15
New York Fashion Film Festival, screening of Crossed Crocodiles Growl, 10.10.15
ASVOFF, Pompidou, Paris, 10.10.15
London Short Film Festival, screening of The Violet Hour, 08.01.16

Installation at Spazio Punch, Venice 2014. Photography by Augusto Maurandi
Still from The Violet Hour by Katerina Athanasopoulou and Amy de la Haye
Still from Incunabula by Marie Schuller and Kaat Debo