Time, A Her­mès Ob­ject

An in­vi­ta­tion to ex­pe­ri­ence an al­ter­na­tive time

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Dis­cov­er­ing time like a vast play­ground is a ver­i­ta­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. Mea­sur­ing the hour, of course, but so as to have more fun with it. Style, yes, but so as to be more lib­er­ated from it. This is the Her­mès time to be re­vealed on 26th Oc­to­ber 2017 in Sin­ga­pore, with an all-new show de­vised by the Lon­don-based com­pany Gan­dini Jug­gling. The show is fol­lowed by a scenog­ra­phy cir­cuit, open to the pub­lic from 27th Oc­to­ber to 5th Novem­ber at

Her­mès Takashimaya, Sin­ga­pore.

For Her­mès, time is an ob­ject born of un­com­pro­mis­ing ex­per­tise; its in­her­ent ten­sion is trans­lated by the house into a sin­gu­lar char­ac­ter­is­tic. Rather than mea­sur­ing, or­der­ing, and seek­ing to con­trol it, Her­mès dares to ex­plore an­other time, de­signed to arouse emo­tions, open up in­ter­ludes and cre­ate spa­ces for spon­tane­ity.

The show by Gan­dini Jug­gling is in the im­age of this time that mixes up the rules and play­fully sub­verts them. Pe­cu­liar char­ac­ters min­gle with the guests. In their hands, ap­ples pirou­ette in a bal­let of fluid and pre­cise ges­tures. The mood of the au­di­ence dances to the rhythm of the comic sketches. Grav­ity is a ques­tion for the ap­ples alone, caught in time, ev­ery time. The pace of the game ac­cel­er­ates. Light-hearted, it nev­er­the­less rises in crescendo. At the end, ex­actly one hour has passed, but who could have known? Time has slipped away, at the whim of the artists and ap­ples shap­ing the space.

The ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­ues with the dis­con­cert­ing scenog­ra­phy. First, with mono­lithic win­dows in which the watches ap­pear and dis­ap­pear in time with pul­sat­ing light then come in­ter­ac­tive screens, hu­man sized to bet­ter ap­pro­pri­ate the forms. Be­fore these two-way mir­rors, sil­hou­ettes of the vis­i­tors are dis­played be­fore slowly van­ish­ing into smoke. Videos and im­ages suc­ceed each other, stretched, du­pli­cated in the man­ner of a kalei­do­scope. It is for us, in front of the screen, to de­cide what to do with this time, this play­ful ally.

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