Chicks on Speed: art, fashion, craft and consumerism at Dundee Contemporary Arts

By Mark Sheerin | 07 July 2010
A woman in a playful white inflatable hat with loudspeaker and mic

(Above) Chicks on Speed have a tongue in cheek approach to fashion. Image: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Exhibition: Chicks on Speed – Don't Art, Fashion, Music, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, until August 8 2010

If you were a fan of the recent Sex and the City movie sequel, you probably won't like the Chicks on Speed show at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

The multi-disciplinary art group are very interested in fashion, but there are few other comparisons with Manhattan's most famous shopaholics.

Indeed, Chicks on Speed have co-developed the "e-shoe". This is the world's first high heel shoe-guitar, wireless of course. So you can forget those Manolo Blahniks.

They've also created a suit with body sensors triggering audio/visual samples, and a hat, with a mic implant, inspired by 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen. Do not expect to find these in Bloomingdales.

A punk ethos means the globally focussed group design their own fabrics. Visitors will encounter loom-weaving with a Bauhaus flavour and a tapestry created with Theramin technology.

"Chicks on Speed’s practice blurs the boundaries between creative disciplines," Curator Judith Winters has said. "But much more than that, their work counters political correctness and employs a range of feminist strategies that support creative radicalism."

In other words, they have a sense of humour. Carrie Bradshaw, take note.

Admission free. Open 10.30am-5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday (until 8.30pm Sunday and from 12pm Sunday).

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