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@ladygaga: Here is one of my portraits by Robert Wilson ‘Ingres’ I posed for six hours this is the video

"Having already debuted at the Louvre last fall, Robert Wilson’s video portraits of Lady Gaga were no less eerily beautiful when they were introduced to American audiences this past Saturday evening at the Watermill Center. There, at the extraordinary annual benefit to support what founder Wilson calls “a laboratory for performance,” Hamptons patrons took in what are perhaps the most muted and also the most interesting of Gaga’s artist collaborations to date. Where the grandiosity of other projects that coincided with the release of her underwhelming 2013 album Artpop ultimately felt flimsy—notably those taking a page from Marina Abramović and with Jeff Koons—the Wilson portraits present something that feels genuinely different, not only for Gaga but also for art. 

One, in particular, sees Gaga embody Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, who was in her early teens when Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres painted her portrait in 1806. With the costume and setting of Ingres’ original exactingly imitated, Wilson and Gaga then go off script in a nearly ten-minute video, a portion of which is seen here, that breathes life into its Neoclassical antecedent—quite literally, in fact, as one barely perceives the slow rise and fall of Gaga’s chest as she respires. Steadily falling teardrops, a swan in slow-motion flight, and a violin-based score further differentiate Wilson’s work from Ingres’ painted original, which was clearly just a starting point for his work with Gaga. Perhaps most remarkable here is the global pop star’s ability to completely disappear into a character other than herself. And actually, after witnessing Wilson’s Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, it won’t sound so surprising to hear that Gaga will appear alongside Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba next month in the sequel to Frank Miller’s Sin City.”

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Check out this behind the scenes footage of Gaga with Robert Wilson.

Torture, floating performers, and Ron Athey — all this and more were included in the original treatment for Lady Gaga’s performance of “Applause” at the 2013 VMAs. Creative development and production company, Dissident — a company that “converges at the intersecting realms of visual arts, film, music, fashion sport, emerging technology, and international event installation” — have posted the case study on their website, revealing details from the original outline that MTV Networks turned down.

Lady Gaga recently revealed that she wanted look alikes to wear her iconic looks from past music videos, but MTV also refused to let her carry out her vision. Check out the treatment above along with the visual references and rehearsal photos of the final product! (x)

In Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated return to the stage Dissident and Robert Wilson oversaw the design and direction of the programs opening live four-minute sequence. Within a highly charged set Gaga performed her #1 positioned billboard pop song “Applause” to over 10 million television viewers.

CASE STUDY: BLACK AND RED INTO BLINDING WHITE

LG begins on the center stage B below LED scoreboard, in a draped black gown (see reference image). The KAWS head turns to reveal a black backdrop (ex.: silk) stretched across the truss of the head. A red torture performance possibly involving artist Ron Athey (TO BE CONFIRMED)  is displayed on an incline, with mirrored, bloody glass (see reference image). LG very slowly walks the catwalk to the main stage over a period of one minute and forty seconds.

At 1:40 / as LG arrives at the black silk drop, it drops kabuki style and is immediately pulled offstage to reveal a blinding white paradise garden (see reference images), filled with LG performers, possibly floating or displayed on tall pedestals (see attached looks). At the same time as the black screen drops, LG’s black dress drops to reveal the same elegant gown in white. LG begins to walk stage left across the stage in profile over the course of two minutes. As she crosses the torture figure, the dress turns red.

At 3:13, LG begins to fly diagonally up stage right in front of the white garden. The song ends as she is still ascending diagonally above the garden. At 3:36 or the end of the song, there is a black out; she is lowered and the head turns back to original position for next act. The exact timing of the walk, if her song is to be preceded by other noise/white noise etc./prior to it starting, etc. is ytd.

http://www.dissidentusa.com/lady-gaga/vma-case-study/

Robert Wilson’s macabre video portraits of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is hanging upside down naked while a rope cuts into her skin, bending her left leg, pinning her arms behind her back and deforming her breasts. This video, by the experimental artist/director - and former Wallpaper* guest editor - Robert Wilson, shows the pop star’s painful-looking initiation into the art of Japanese rope bondage. And it serves as the ‘making of’ for a performance-art video called Flying. The video, along with Wilson’s new video portraits of Gaga, is currently on show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, run by Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 judge Thaddaeus Ropac.

The collaboration began after Wilson received a phone call from the singer, saying she’d like to discuss projects they might work on together. He subsequently designed the set for her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance. And he suggested that she pose for his series of video portraits, also featuring celebrities like Brad Pitt and Winona Ryder.

Knowing he had an upcoming stint as guest curator at the Louvre, Wilson chose themes from the museum’s collection, all dealing with death. ‘She’s sort of serious,’ he explained, ‘not your ordinary pop star.’ They shot the videos in a London studio over three days, Gaga standing for 14 or 15 hours at a time (when she wasn’t trussed like a chicken), blowing away the director with her stamina and emotional intelligence.

One subject he selected was Andrea Solario’s 16th-century ‘Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger’. He filmed 11 views of the singer’s bearded face and superimposed them over the painted head of the martyr. ‘She would look at the image and after a while she would look at her face in a mirror and something happened, and I would shoot her,’ he said. Each portrait is unique - thanks to the size of the slash at her throat, her lips being parted or closed, her eyelids fluttering or her expression changing.

A larger-format video references Ingres’ ‘Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière’, the portrait of a 15-year-old girl who passed away soon after the completion. Gaga managed to capture both the maiden’s dignified beauty and the knowledge that she was about to die. ‘There’s a nobility to her,’ Wilson said of the Born This Way singer, ‘she’s a real princess.’

Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/art/robert-wilsons-macabre-video-portraits-of-lady-gaga/7011#3WaEHoytQDyJTtwR.99

New Lady Gaga’s portrait by Robert Wilson.

"I did this piece in London. Bob Wilson filmed it. I hung upside down for 45 minutes in this position. This was the first piece he allowed me to do myself. I’m discovering my passion in performance art is seance. Allowing old souls to pass through me.
While i suffer for their art, and leave mine and my vanity behind. This is how I can be vehicle for my monsters all over the world. With Born This Way carrying your message of love, and now carrying the message of your talents and your ability to the world.”

New Lady Gaga’s portrait by Robert Wilson.

"I did this piece in London. Bob Wilson filmed it. I hung upside down for 45 minutes in this position. This was the first piece he allowed me to do myself. I’m discovering my passion in performance art is seance. Allowing old souls to pass through me.

While i suffer for their art, and leave mine and my vanity behind. This is how I can be vehicle for my monsters all over the world. With Born This Way carrying your message of love, and now carrying the message of your talents and your ability to the world.”


I know my artiness + musical goals may seem lofty, but there is a POP STAR IN THE LOUVRE, right next to the Mona Lisa.
This is a portrait of me by BOB WILSON just go see the ‘Mona Lisa’ at the Louvre in Paris, and this piece is exhibited right there. I performed about 6 hrs as ‘The Death of Marat’ one of the most famous images of the Revolution.

I know my artiness + musical goals may seem lofty, but there is a POP STAR IN THE LOUVRE, right next to the Mona Lisa.

This is a portrait of me by BOB WILSON just go see the ‘Mona Lisa’ at the Louvre in Paris, and this piece is exhibited right there. I performed about 6 hrs as ‘The Death of Marat’ one of the most famous images of the Revolution.

Another Lady Gaga portrait by Robert Wilson displayed at the Louvre as part of his “Living Rooms” exhibition. This new portrait recreates Jacques-Paul David`s “The Death of Marat” painting from 1793.

Another Lady Gaga portrait by Robert Wilson displayed at the Louvre as part of his “Living Rooms” exhibition. This new portrait recreates Jacques-Paul David`s “The Death of Marat” painting from 1793.

Lady Gaga recreates “The Head of St. John the Baptist on a Charger” from the 17th century and “Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres from 1806 for Robert Wilson´s “Living Rooms” exhibition at the Louvre, Paris. 

Lady Gaga’s portraits by Robert Wilson displayed at the Louvre as part of his “Living Rooms” exhibition.