"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."

— Willy Vanderperre
Carol Christian Poell spring / summer 2004
Mainstream - Downstream
The installation “Mainstream Downstream” started with the performance that Carol Christian Poell did at Milan. People who let the Naviglio River take them will have the newest collection dressed on them. These people would not move at all, just like dead bodies but going with the flow. Carol Christian Poel wanted to emphisize what kind of world we live in nowadays, where people go with the flow, just like the river, and how dangerous it is. Products such as piece-died shoes were presented for the first time this season. In Life ecru, the video of the performance was played on the wall with enlarged images on them. The video and the image synchronized to create the atmosphere. Also, the clock that was used in the public of Europe over 100 years ago, defines “timeless” in the space. All great works easily rules out the limit of “time” and the work of Carol Christian Poell was presented and respected at the created space.
scan from a schene leich, july 2003

Carol Christian Poell spring / summer 2004

Mainstream - Downstream

The installation “Mainstream Downstream” started with the performance that Carol Christian Poell did at Milan. People who let the Naviglio River take them will have the newest collection dressed on them. These people would not move at all, just like dead bodies but going with the flow. Carol Christian Poel wanted to emphisize what kind of world we live in nowadays, where people go with the flow, just like the river, and how dangerous it is. Products such as piece-died shoes were presented for the first time this season. In Life ecru, the video of the performance was played on the wall with enlarged images on them. The video and the image synchronized to create the atmosphere. Also, the clock that was used in the public of Europe over 100 years ago, defines “timeless” in the space. All great works easily rules out the limit of “time” and the work of Carol Christian Poell was presented and respected at the created space.

scan from a schene leich, july 2003


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