Anouk Wipprecht and Viktoria Modesta

Smokification

Anouk Wipprecht and Viktoria Modesta Smokification

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Now a famed musical artist, innovation enthusiast and bionic woman Viktoria Modesta’s journey to the spotlight has been anything but ordinary. Following medical complications at birth, Modesta spent much of her childhood receiving treatment for a damaged left leg. Despite 15 surgeries over the first 12 years of her life, her physical difference continued to be a struggle.

Eager to escape the post-Soviet stigma surrounding her leg in her home country of Latvia, Modesta and her parents emigrated to London, where she took refuge in the city’s underground subculture. The allure of the alternative scene fed her interest in fashion, music and performance, but the condition of her injured leg continued to linger. After five years of intense research and several rejections, she finally gained support from a surgeon to replace her left leg with a prosthetic.

Following surgery, Modesta was finally ready to deploy her new identity that featured a multitude of passions. Creating a performance concept with bold sound, imagery and inevitably prosthetics, Modesta created a new element of expression that evolved from an aesthetically stunning Diamond Leg and extreme Black Spike to technologically advanced pieces working with sensors and neurally-controlled devices.

Today, Modesta is a fellow of the MIT Media Lab and an award winning artist. She continues to merge art, technology and popular culture in the promotional photoshoot for her upcoming EP “Counterflow,” where she sports a variety of high-fashion wearable instruments.

The shoot was a collaboration of several artists and makers under the creative direction of Viktoria Modesta and Joanna Hir. Styled by Joanna Hir, and photographed by Nhu Xuan Hua, the images show three transhumanism designs.

Smokification
“Smokification” by Anouk Wipprecht. Accelerometer-based leg equipped with an Arduino 101 and embedded Intel Curie that intuitively steers Viktoria’s movements while she interfaces with the world around her using a facade of smoke. Anouk is working with Viktoria on using her prosthetic leg as a gesture-based digital musical instrument, in collaboration with Alex Murray-Leslie from Chicks on Speed.
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source: modelmayhem

Dutch based designer Anouk Wipprecht is working in the emerging field of “fashionable technology”; a rare combination of sartorial knowhow combined with engineering smarts and style, she has in a very short period created an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing together fashion and technology in an unusual way. She creates technological couture; with background in fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction design, she creates systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; projected as ‘host’ systems on the human body, her designs move, breath, and react to the environment around them.
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source: glamourlandtv

Anouk Wipprecht, een designer die mode en technologie samenbrengt in unieke creaties. Vanaf het begin van haar studie in 2000 is ze bezig geweest met technologie, via technisch ontwerpen op de MTS tot Interaction Design aan de HKU en de universiteit van Malmö. Voor de in Purmerend geboren Anouk werd Nederland dan ook al snel te klein. Zij spreidde haar vleugels en vertrok richting Azië en de VS. Ze maakte onder meer een creatie voor Fergie van de Black Eyed Peas, die gedragen werd op de Super Bowl in 2011, en een jurk voor de Eurovisie Songfestival kandidaat uit Azerbeidzjan in 2012. Op dit moment werkt Anouk vanuit Wenen. Ze is daar in 2012 curator geweest voor de tentoonstelling Technosensual en geeft over de hele wereld lezingen over haar werk.

Waar andere designers stoppen, gaat Wipprecht verder. In haar werk gebruikt ze veel materialen die beweging creëren. Nitinol bijvoorbeeld is een geheugenmetaal dat onder verschillende temperaturen andere vormen aanneemt. Elektronische folie, een materiaalsoort die ze ook regelmatig gebruikt, wordt transparanter op het moment dat de lichaamstemperatuur verandert. De ene keer vormt een concept of verhaal in haar hoofd de basis voor haar ideeën en de andere keer en bepaalde technologie.

Het LED-jasje van Martin Morero in de de film Gooische Vrouwen verbleekt dan ook bij haar creaties. Ze zou een vrouwelijke James Bond kunnen voorzien van alle mogelijke technologische gadgets die je je maar kunt voorstellen. James wierp rookgordijnen op vanuit zijn auto. Anouk geeft Jane haar Smokedress waarmee ze de vijand kan afschudden. Shaken not stirred is passé; Jane Bond draagt een cocktailjurk waarmee ze haar eigen cocktails kan maken. Mocht een schurk haar slaapkamer binnendringen dan zorgt haar jurk van elektronisch folie, de DareDroid2.0, dat haar lichaam weer keurig bedekt wordt.

Haar nieuwste creatie heet Playtimeee en wordt als prototype geshowd op de computertechnologiebeurs Embedded World in Neurenberg welke 26 februari van start is gegaan. Deze roze jurk oogt als een ruimteschip vol roze elektronica. We vinden er onder meer een elektronische hartslag en afneembare spelconsoles in de vorm van vleugels in terug. Wipprecht is hét bewijs dat High Tech niet alleen het domein is van nerds maar dat het ook heel sierlijk en sexy kan zijn.
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source: attoricastingit

Anouk Wipprecht è una stilista olandese nata nel 1985. Ha iniziato la sua formazione sulla moda alla tenera età di 14 anni e sin da piccola, ha sempre visto questo mondo come un’eterna sperimentazione: a livello emotivo, intellettuale e sensuale. Accanto a queste dinamiche, Anouk cerca di realizzare uno stato di connettività tra corpo e abbigliamento. Una fusione tra moda e tecnologia dunque, questa la vera vocazione della stilista olandese Anouk Wipprecht.

All’età di 25 anni, inizia a frequentare dei seminari all’Università di Malmo, che ruotano attorno alla tematica corpo/tecnologia, nel 2010, si laurea presso la Hogeschool voor de Kunsten di Utrecht e collabora con Aduen Darriba al progetto “Technosensual”. Un intenso racconto su accessori intesi come organismi di adattamento.

Oggi Anouk Wipprecht racconta un mondo (anche quello della moda) basato su spazi personali, sull’ipersensibilità e su problemi degli uomini resi più semplici dalla tecnologia moderna, che lei considera un’estensione della pelle. Le sue collezioni infatti, sono ricche di invenzioni tecnologiche applicate ai vestiti: ragni meccanici posti sulla parte superiore dell’abito, con zampe che si agitano quando qualcuno si avvicina; abito che si trasforma in fumo.

Anouk Wipprecht vanta collaborazioni molto importanti, Fergie dei Black Eyed Peas ad esempio. Per lei, la stilista olandese ha progettato delle scarpe luminescenti, che ha indossato durante XVI Superbowl.
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source: viktoriamodesta
Viktoria Modesta is bionic artist, multimedia performance artist, creative director, DJ and a supporter of future innovations. Her work explores modern identity through performance, fashion, avant garde visuals, technology and science.
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VM has the well-earned reputation of an artist consistently working outside the box. Her life story is a journey of exploration and pushing at boundaries. Born in USSR in 1987 into a troublesome childhood and health struggles in the restricted society of the Soviet regime, she escaped to London at the age of 12. Going from the extremes of hospital confinement in Latvia due to trauma during birth she fell into yet another extreme: the underground subculture of London. Overwhelmed with constant discomfort about her predetermined identity she found the perfect playground for self discovery amongst iconic clubs and fashion personalities.

Her interests in aesthetic eccentricity led to an early start in a modelling career working with alternative clothing brands at the age of 15. It’s around that time that she decided that realising her dreams and exploring her potential was simply not possible with the uncertainty of her disfunctioning leg – a burden left after 15 surgeries under the USSR system.

Inspired by creative cult imagery of Alexander McQueen and Matthew Barney, VM approached doctors to have her lower limb amputated and replaced by a prosthetic in order to finally take control over her body. After five years battling to find the support for her decision among the medical profession, she finally had a voluntary operation at the age of 20.

In many ways this was the real start of VM’s creative life and the end of frustrating limitations. Shortly after the transformation she embarked on several creative projects that shaped her individuality.

VM set the tone in collaboration with JAMES STROUD whose nude portrait of her was selected by The National Portrait Gallery and exhibited at the opening of St Pancras International Station. After years not participating in the things she loved, she began to develop the artistic world she had long wanted to create.
She picked up her musical roots from Latvian stage school and began songwriting, co-producing and ultimately orchestrating everything – directing photo shoots, designing online media and styling. VM’s performances were most prominent in the fashion and art circles, performing at Fashion Week events, niche festivals such as LOVEBOX and throughout London night scene.

Never identifying herself with the disability tagline or constrained by her physicality, in 2012 VM starred in a key performance at the PARALYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY directed by Kim Gavin. It was broadcast LIVE to over a billion viewers worldwide. Her role as the enchanting Snow Queen wearing a Swarovski prosthetic leg & performing with the main skating cast from Dancing On Ice gave birth to her new understanding of enhancing cultural landscape though her unorthodox vision – mixing fashion, sensuality and physical augmentation in a progressive way.

While continuing to cultivate her profile in the media in publications such as iD, Wonderland, Grazia UK and Italy, LOOK, Notion, The Times, Music Week, PRS Magazine and public talks at Wellcome Trust Museum, VM entered into a collaboration with CHANNEL4.

Their visions collided to fill the gap between pop aesthetic, credible art and physical representation within the media. They created a music video/film campaign that would take the world by storm generating over 45 million view impressions worldwide, and featuring in most popular blogs, magazines and news channels.

That video, part of the Born Risky season, directed by the talented Saam Farahmand, became a milestone in cultural perception of identity (see full information about the campaign). Throughout the project the intention was to maintain authenticity giving VM incredible creative control and a platform to tell her story in an honest way.

Following that success her profile elevated further Directors Fellow position at the prestigious MIT Media Lab where she hopes to diversify further.

Her mission remains to explore the future depths of human experience…
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source: allmusic
Viktoria Modesta has forged a unique and empowering identity as a singer, model, and performance artist since emerging on the London scene in 2008. Born in Latvia during the end of the Cold War, she struggled during childhood, enduring numerous failed procedures to correct her dislocated left leg and hip, an affliction she’d suffered since birth. In the late ’90s her family immigrated to Britain, where her physical disability continued to plague her throughout her teenage years. At the age of 20 she underwent voluntary surgery to amputate her leg below the knee. The operation turned out to be a positive and life-altering event, and with the aid of advanced prosthetics, Modesta returned to her fledgling career in fashion and music with a renewed vigor, turning her disability into a sort of personal symbol and challenging society’s modern perception of physical beauty.

Returning to her music school roots, she paired with songwriter Nik Hodges to collaborate on a set of brassy, club-oriented pop songs that would comprise her 2010 release EP1. Immersing herself in the fashion scene and creating her image as a distinct and cutting-edge artist and personality, she began working with forward-thinking prosthetic designers at the Alternative Limb Project to push the envelope of art, fashion, and utility. She soon began appearing in photos and videos sporting a variety of unusual leg designs. Her performance at the 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremonies alongside Coldplay was a deciding moment, branding her as an icon for challenging the views of disability and sexuality. In 2014 she built on this image, working with London’s Channel 4 to debut the video for her song “Prototype.” Accompanied by the tagline “Born Risky,” the provocative video featured Modesta performing with a number of bizarre prosthetics like a black spike, a glowing neon lamp, and a jewel-encrusted leg, bolstering her claim as the world’s first amputee pop star.
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source: lilianpacce
Já ouviu falar em Viktoria Modesta? A artista, de 26 anos, se autointitula como a 1ª popstar biônica do mundo! Seu clipe de estreia, “Prototype“, foi lançado durante a final do “X-Factor“ britânico e virou hit nas redes sociais com mais de 4 milhões de visualizações – é um nome pra ficar de olho!

Viktoria nasceu na Letônia e sofreu várias complicações com sua perna esquerda durante a infância. Por esse motivo, ela resolveu amputar o membro aos 20 anos! A cantora, então, fez da condição o seu diferencial e é conhecida por usar próteses superestilosas: tem uma que brilha no escuro, outra em forma de garra e mais outra que é cravejada com Swarovski!

Modesta tem um visual “pin-up high tech” e já foi comparada diversas vezes à Lady Gaga. Ela é fashionista, abusa da sensualidade e arrasa nos penteados! A saber: a cantora se apresentou na Paraolimpíadas de Londres ao lado de Coldplay! Gostou dela? Então confere o clipe dela no YouTube e clica na galeria pra ver mais!
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source: tgcom24mediasetit
Lei si definisce su Instagram: “Donna bionica, artista pop e dj”. Ma Viktoria Modesta, 26enne nata in Lettonia, ha una particolarità che la rende speciale: è la prima popstar amputata al mondo. La cantante ha deciso di amputare la gamba sinistra a causa di una malformazione e dopo 15 interventi chirurgici fallimentari. Del suo handicap ha fatto un punto di forza tra foto glamour e protesi moderne e raffinate.