The buildings don’t fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise as ruins before they are built.
Conceived as a imaginary encounter between Robert Smithson's essay A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey from 1967 and collected footage from building contractors archives, "Then & Now" draws attention to the ruins of 20th century as seen through the prism of modernity.
Suggesting a non-rational idea of time in which the tenuous line between past and future past is blurred. The music played along the film was composed by Soulwax for the occasion.
Music composed by Soulwax
Parabola explores the undercurrent relationship between modern standardized productions and Avant-Garde Art forms of the 20th century through their common postmodern lexicon.
The installation emphasizes the interchangeable nature of the vocabulary used by the "Industrial Civilization" of the 20th century and modernist artists such as John Cage, Hans Hofmann, Jean Dubuffet, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Andrei Tarkovsky or Claude Debussy.
Here, the titles of the artists' iconic work become mundane logotypes, diplayed on standardized contemporary artifacts.
Production : Great Co.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Carhartt WIP invited Ill-Studio to imagine and curate an exhibition about the past, present and future of the brand. Rather than using a chronological approach, Ill-Studio imagined a giant installation at St Agnes in Berlin, a brutalist church turned art gallery.
The exhibition was a mix of iconic pieces of the brand’s history together with curated cultural artefacts and new works made specially for the occasion.
Production : David De Moutis / DDMW
Ill-Studio was appointed to design the footwear and music departments of the fashion store Boontheshop in Seoul in 2016.
Originally designed by Peter Marino, the renewal of both spaces was based on the idea of making different generic environments collide : recording studios, gymnasiums, laboratories, construction sites.
Interior photography by Kyoungtae Kim. 3D render by Mathieu Blancher