Stefano Pilati presents Random Identities’ film, DOMESTIC (between wars), featuring performance artist, M.J. Harper, in collaboration with director Konstantin Bock and cinematographer Christopher Aoun. Shot on location at Pilati’s space in Berlin, DOMESTIC (between wars) features original music by composers Isola Music and saxophonist Mat Clasen. The tone is light yet serious, expressing elements of solitude and addressing the meaning of domesticity through the crisis we’re currently going through around the world. Beginning Friday, July 24th, DOMESTIC (between wars) can also be viewed in person at Reference Studio in Berlin.
“I am in love with the word ‘DOMESTIC’: it is how I describe my life over the last few years and especially lately. To me, it means isolation, protection and familiarity. But also confinement and proximity to what I possess and what I love. ‘Between four walls,’ in my opinion, is where creativity submits to pressure, re-evaluates parameters and points of ‘forced’ perspective and bursts in clarity. If walls could listen and speak they’d reveal the intimate reflection of who we are, who we were, and perhaps, hopefully, who we’ll come to be, evolving in a pessimistic scenario of wars, everywhere, inside ourselves, around us.
As for (between wars), it is the harmless dimension of a neutral way of existing, with all the self-indulgence, the various personal purposes, observing and absorbing, documenting the time that slides in walls and obstacles of normalisation and deadly conformism.
The film is an urgent impulse to fight against the uncertain reality of succumbing to the ever indomitable search for beauty and for love, despite deaths and bloodsheds. Fashion, to me, is an artistic expression after all, and therefore part of the narrative reflecting our time. Although, my Fashion, duly careful to avoid screaming loud statements, instead allows and creates the space for statements to be made.
Memories and imagination are the origin of dreams. I process them by keeping memories and imagination neutral and only giving space to dream and with that, embed them into my reality – in a random, methodical form of improvisation, I identify shapes and styles, colours and attitudes.
I present what was, what is, and it will be. Always, in my presentations, the luxury of time is conveyed by neglecting it. I introduce a liberty of behaviour, a freedom to state messages; my moods are visible from what I design and what I wear – an economy applied to my creativity, which protects the values and the meaning of things.
This film remains a quick contemplation on what my eyes and senses experience when interpreting M.J. Harper’s movements (which are reminiscent of the old Haute Couture days). It is a display of humble options to keep the spirit of my Fashion alive and relevant, despite the current, desolate landscape of irrelevance for anything that feels superfluous. But, love and passion is the oxygen of the damned and the virtuous; of the random identities symbolising a new culture; the new culture of ‘between spaces; between walls; between wars’.” Stefano Pilati said about the film.