05.06.2019 - 25.08.2019
Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation
Costume Design for performance
The ben.thos (en. Bodies living on the bottom of an aquatic mass) is a conceptual costume design project which earned our Myrto Sarma's participation in the official European contest CREATIVEWEAR. In search for an artistic reference, Myrto studied the Ancient Greek tragedy of Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound. The tragedy is based on the myth of Prometheus, a Titan who defies the gods and gives fire to mankind, acts for which he is subjected to perpetual punishment. The chorus of the tragedy consists of the Oceanids, mythical creatures (nymphs) that were anthropomorphous (human-like), elements of water, three thousand in number (a number interpreted as meaning "innumerable"), daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. Each Oceanid, according to the Ancient Greek Mythology, possessed specific qualities which inspired the design of four experimental costumes, each attributed to one Oceanid:
Pluto is associated with the mineral hidden deep within the bottom of the sea. Her dress is structured by a system of transparent tubes which include a continuous flow of black liquid.
Akaste (unstable) was one of the Oceanids. She was one among the companions of Persephone when she was abducted by Hades.