Thursday, 20 July 2017

V&A Museum Talk with Hilary Alexander - 'Be Yourself'

Making 3D Printed Art

iMakr recently had an opportunity to work with London artist Daniel Lismore on an amazing project driven by its brand Mini You, that included all the services provided by the company: scanning, designing and printing.
After exposing his 3D sculptures in US, Daniel needed an expert to give shape to his ideas for a new project to be featured at the Biennale Arte 2017 in Venice, as part of the Extraterrestrial Odyssey exhibition.
When he spotted the iMakr shop located in Clerkenwell Road, he immediately saw the opportunity of a collaboration.
Daniel made his unforgettable appearance at iMakr’s HQ on the 18th of April, where he communicated to our experts his concept through a basic sketch, that Jonathan Goslan, Mini You Manager and 3D Designer, turned into two incredible life size sculptures which integrated Daniel’s outlines with alien’s features.
The process started with a photogrammetry scan of Daniel’s face and bust, in order to give his appearance to the two sculptures commissioned. The artist wore hand made art works of couture embroidery made the project with metallic applications for the first scan, leading to the realization of “Bust 1”, and a tassels covered garment to be reproduced in “Bust 2”.
Subsequently, Daniel’s head was digitally combined and merged with a 3D model of a neck’s spine.
“The main challenge of this project was the large size of the sculptures, measuring 560 mm in height and 500 mm in width; the printing process, indeed, required the busts to be printed in separated parts, using multiple machines”, said Jonathan.
The engineering team provided a great contribution to the printing phase from the London’s iMakr store, working on the entire first sculpture and part of the second one.
For “Bust 1”, Daniel’s jawline and head were elongated to give the sculpture an alien look; some dragon teeth and a broken chest skeleton were also added to the artist’s dress. A whole miniature skeleton was incorporated in the “Bust 2” garment, which tassels, flowers and pearls resulted in a noisy scan.
In Jonathan’s words, the experience was an “extraordinary achievement in such a short time”.
The entire process, indeed, from scanning, designing, digital sculpting and printing, to finishing touch and delivery, was extremely fast and efficient: it was concluded in only 22 days, thanks to our fast and skilled Jonathan.
Daniel is sharing his experience with iMakr’s Mini You with all of his many influential friends.
The alien busts will be exposed at Palazzo Pisani till the 26th of November 2017.

 The Extraterrestrial Odyssey Exhibition - Palazzo Pisani, Venice Biennale.

Circuit ambassador at Tate

 British fashion designer and stylist Daniel Lismore, joins BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo as the newest ambassador for the national Circuit programme in its final year. Led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Circuit is a four-year programme for 15–25 year olds built on Tate’s long-term work with young people, often with the least access to museums and galleries. Circuit invites young people to the arts through festivals, partnerships and peer-led programming and is delivered across the four Tate galleries and partners from the Plus Tate network: Firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Nottingham Contemporary; The Whitworth, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre and Kettleʼs Yard, Cambridgeshire.
Circuit ambassadors Daniel Lismore and Clara Amfo will both play a part in the Circuit programme. A new series of Circuit festivals partner at galleries Firstsite and MOSTYN.

 New Circuit ambassador Daniel Lismore Daniel Lismore has a unique approach to personal style and self expression and is Creative Director of fashion label Sorapol. He is a champion of ethical and sustainable fashion and is widely recognized as one of Britain’s most eccentric dressers and daring fashion figures. To celebrate his role as the newest Circuit ambassador, Daniel joined members of Tate Collective London at Tate Britain, ahead of Late at Tate Britain: Mantra, on Friday 7 October, the fourth event in the 2016 series curated by young people as part of the Circuit programme.

Daniel Lismore said: Young people across the UK have really grabbed the opportunity to express themselves through the Circuit events they’ve masterminded over the past three years – fashion, art and music are so influenced by youth culture, it makes too much sense for young people to step up and put their own personal touch and creativity out into gallery spaces to be seen by as many people as possible. I’m excited to be a part of this landmark programme and I can’t wait to see what the young curators come up with for the new Circuit festivals.

 Mark Miller, Circuit Programme National Lead said: Daniel is an excellent addition to our ambassador lineup; a true champion of inclusivity across the arts, and a young self-starter whose creativity has taken him to extraordinary heights, Daniel is a great example to Circuit young people of what is possible when you dare to turn your creative ideas into a reality. Our aim with Circuit was to demonstrate what young people can do and, provide them with the tools and guidance to do it – four years later, the programme has achieved significant positive impact for young people and the partner galleries. Our legacy programme in 2017 will be further testament to all the hard work, creative vision and personal development that’s taken place in the lives of these young people nationwide.

 About Circuit Circuit is a four year national programme connecting 15–25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums working in partnership with the youth and cultural sector. Led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it provides opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and create cultural activity across art disciplines. Circuit involves Tate Modern and Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; Tate St Ives and partners from the Plus Tate network: Firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Nottingham Contemporary; The Whitworth, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre and Kettleʼs Yard, Cambridgeshire.

 About Paul Hamlyn Foundation Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established in 1987 by the publisher and philanthropist Paul Hamlyn (1926–2001). Today it is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The Foundation’s mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. It has a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

 About Plus Tate Plus Tate, established in 2010, is a partnership, which brings Tate together with 34 organisations across the UK. The Plus Tate partners are: Arnolfini, Bristol; Artes Mundi, Cardiff; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Camden Arts Centre; Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry; Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Firstsite, Colchester; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Grizedale Arts, Coniston, Cumbria; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; The Hepworth Wakefield; Ikon, Birmingham; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Liverpool Biennial; The MAC, Belfast; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Modern Art Oxford; mima, Middlesbrough; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance; Nottingham Contemporary; The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney; The South London Gallery; Spike Island, Bristol; Towner, Eastbourne; Turner Contemporary, Margate; the Whitworth Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridgeshire.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

In Conversation at Istituto Marangoni - Interview by Steve Salter, Fashion Features Editor, I-D Magazine

'In Conversation With...'

Monday 8th May 2017 - 6pm

Istituto Marangoni - The London School of Fashion 
30 Fashion Street, Shoreditch

In Conversation With...

Daniel Lismore - Artist, Fashion Designer & Stylist
Interview by Steve Salter, Fashion Features Editor, I-D Magazine

A presentation of “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken” a photographic book from the exhibition of the extravagant ensembles of “London’s most outrageous dresser”.

Arrival: 6:00pm
In Conversation With & Questions: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
7:30pm - 8:30pm Drinks Reception & Book Signing*

Monday, 1 May 2017

Signing books in Harrods 2nd May 12.30pm

Talking at Metropolitan University

Is fashion unfair?
Ask our starry panel: Julia Robson, former Daily Telegraph fashion journalist and lecturer; Barry Laden, MBE, designer and manufacturer; Daniel Lismore, author of Be Yourself, Everybody Else is TakenMarkus Roberts-Clarke, award-winning model; and Denise Brown, fashion blogger.

Organised by the journalism team from the School of Computing and Digital Media in conjunction with The Cass,


Special Participation: Daniel Lismore

Curators: Paolo De Grandis, Tamara Li, Magdalena Gabriel
Organiser: M17 Contemporary Art Center
Co-ordinator in Venice: Carlotta Scarpa, PDG Arte Comunications
Inauguration: Friday 12th May at 6.30 pm
Venue: Palazzo Pisani - Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello, Campo S. Stefano, San Marco 2810
Open to the public: 13/05 – 26/11/2017 Opening hours: 10.00 – 6.00 pm– Closed on Sundays
On the occasion of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, M17 Contemporary Art Center presents Extraterrestrial Odyssey exhibition featuring Conde’s new piece ‘Sphinx’ as well as two new sculptures by Daniel Lismore. The curatorial is consists of Paolo De Grandis, Tamara Li (International Association of Art Crities) and Magdalena Gabriel (Future Contemporaries committee member of the Serpentine Galleries) .
Lina Condes has pioneered the use of technology, architecture and biology in her art.  Her research and practice has moved recently towards creating pieces in which technology and architecture are not just the medium; but are positioned centre stage as the art.  The results are powerful works that evoke the sense of bringing the spectator close to the soul of their creator.
For Venice, Lina Condes presents a major new piece of work, ‘Sphinx’. This is an interactive sculpture, the fusion of an active eye on a stylised body that observes its surroundings possibly benignly, possibly malevolently.
The placing of Sphinx, resting resplendent in the historic Palazzo Pisani a Santo Stefano, represents that continuity, science art amid glorious architecture, technology amid history. The Sphinx languishes resplendent, relaxed. It looks out upon the world, radiating energy and light, symbolising an omnipresent creator.
Its vocal reactions are basic, and sometimes base, and their meaning intentionally indistinct. Are they a delighted reaction to what it sees, or a dismissive reaction to the absurdity and futility of our supposed progress? The eye communicates to each of us individually, our reaction to it is not prescribed. Our understanding and emotion to its endless gaze is entirely our own. It has created and now rests, looking on at the bustle surrounding it. It does not judge, we judge ourselves under its stare. It perceives, and simultaneously through its own observations, generates self-perception.
Condes created a site-responsive live performance - an optimistic walking parade by singers specially selected for this exhibition, guided by Daniel Lismore - aiming to raise inner questions of who are we as human beings and what our role is on this planet, as well as a call for collective action to make a world a better place. The exhibition aims to inspire us to look inward, how can we capable of such beautiful dreams but still generate such horrible nightmares. This celestial temple, under the eye’s unremitting stare, resets visitor awareness, encouraging us to denounce the ego and embrace enlightenment through love and peace. Only through such introspection can we counteract the alarming recklessness and destruction of our environment, which we are all responsible for.
Complementing the works, within the otherworldly arena created by Lina Condes, the view is confronted by alien gatekeepers – new works by Daniel Lismore.  Known for living life as a work of art, using his own body as a canvas and wearing elaborate ensembles for this exhibition Lismore created life-sized sculptures. Inspired by Condes concept, Lismore uses new technologies of 3-D scanning – to create renditions of himself from the future, or perhaps from another world. His gatekeepers usher the viewer into a chamber of self-examination, they speak of a future unknown, but one that exists. These future heirlooms give hope to a generation in this time of uncertainty,that a new day will dawn. They act as beacons of hope.
Co-exhisting in this Extraterrestrial Odyseey, the work of Lina Condes and Daniel Lismore use not only modern technology as a way to communicate, instead of traditional mediums of paint & canvas, but have added artistic olfactory elements to communicate on a deeply subliminal platform. In collaboration with Creative Perfumers London, active molecular and botanical constituencies   are released to capture the outward eye of our expansive Univers, whilst cleansing our mind to take the viewer through an inward journey where free thinking is possible. Their work has evolved past the need for gods and myths the subject is their own inner exploration of time and space, today and tomorrow.

About the Artists
Lina Condes was born in Cherkassy, Ukraine in 1988. She lives and works in Miami and Kiev. She received her BA and her Masters in Design (Honors) from the Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design. A former contestant for the Miss Ukraine beauty pageant, Condes has chosen to divert her attention and talents toward contemporary art and design with group projects during Ukrainian Art Week (Kiev), the MAGMART Film Festival (Naples), the Berlin Fashion Film Festival and OPEN, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations. Solo presentations of her work have been held at the M17 Contemporary Art Centre (Kiev), SV Gallery (Beirut), and with Avant Gallery (Miami) for the 2016 edition of the SCOPE Art Fair. 

Daniel Lismore is a London based artist.  He studied photography before becoming a model and has been shot by some of the world's most famous photographers including Mario Testino, David LaChapelle and Ellen von Unwerth.   He is known for living his life as an art work wearing elaborate and extravagant ensembles that brilliantly combine haute couture with his own creations. Lismore has been named by Vogue as England's most eccentric dresser. His first book Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken published by Rizzoli shares the 32 3D sculptures that comprised his first US museum exhibition, co-curated by Savannah College of Art and Design. The sculptures later featured in his second US exhibition 'Theater of Self' at Miami Art Basel. In 2016 he became an ambassador for 'Circuit programme' at The Tate Museum who hosted his first two exhibitions featuring his self portraits in the Tanks at Tate Modern 2012 and Tate Britain in 2013. 

Daniel Lismore talks at Queen Mary's University Part 1

The symposium ‘Power, Subcultures & Queer Stages’ examines the relationship between sexual identity and style, camp and spectacle, cultural appropriation and genderfuck, live art and activism. 

Redressing the hierarchy between what counts as ‘high’ art and worthy of art historical inclusion, the symposium will be looking at the contemporary history of queer visibility and invisibility in public spaces, as well as current queer live art, club culture and drag performance. Throughout the presentations, we will explore the connections between the performance of sexuality and the performance of style, as well as how communities of affect, dissidence and resistance have been preserved and gained visibility through the creative expressions of those that constitute them.

Presentations by Daniel Lismore, Jonny Woo, La Erreria (House of Bent), Malik Nashad Sharpe and keynote lecture by Dr. Shaun Cole, Associate Dean and Course Director at London College of Fashion. Moderated by Giulia Casalini & Diana Georgiou (co-directors at CUNTemporary).

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Daniel Lismore "Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken" London Book Launch

Photos Mary Germanou

 Photos Daniel Rachiev

Photos Benjamin Szabo

 Photo Adrianna Kurek

Book launch event celebrated the publication of Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken.

On the evening of Tuesday 21 st February, over 150 people including Rankin, David Lachapelle, Hilary Alexander, Matthew Williamson and Kelly Hoppen attended a star studded book launch event at BASEMENT at The London EDITION to celebrate the release of Daniel Lismore’s first book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, published by Rizzoli in association with SCAD.

Daniel Lismore is known for elaborate and extravagant ensembles that brilliantly combine haute couture with charity-shop finds, yards of vintage fabrics and accessories, found objects, ribbons, feathers, chain mail, shells, ethnic jewelry, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy. For his first book, Lismore shares the 32 ensembles that comprised his first U.S. museum exhibition, “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken.” The exhibition, co-curated by SCAD and presented at SCAD FASH: Museum of Fashion and Film, offered immersion in Lismore’s unique sartorial point of view. These life-size sculptural ensembles, each worn by the artist at one time, are reflections of his own multidimensional identity and are a tapestry of his journey to his true self.

During the event, Daniel Lismore did a Q+A with Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director of Paper Magazine. Illamasqua, one of the sponsors, provided masks of Daniel’s face for attendees and a mass selfie of a mannequin challenge was taken after the Q+A. During the book signing which followed the Q+A music was provided by DJ Jodie Harsh. Drinks were provided by 808 Whisky and Vitacoco coconut water. Themed cocktails were served to guests. Illamasqua provided goody bags containing Antimatter lipsticks which were handed out to guests as they left.

UK Publicity Contact:
Sophie Liardet
T: 01794 389174
M: 07976 327582
63-66 Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8LE Rizzoli International
Publications, Inc.
Notes for Editors: Photography Available on Request

About the book: Published by Skira Rizzoli, priced £40.00. About the Contributors: Paula Wallace
(Foreword) is the president and founder of SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. Hilary
Alexander (Essay) is the former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph and currently is editor-at- large for Hello Fashion Monthly. Colin Douglas Gray (Photography) is a New York-based fashion and portrait photographer and SCAD graduate.

Special Thanks to The LONDON EDITION, 808 Whisky, Vitacoco,  Illamasqua