Vestoj x Palais de Tokyo

On Failure

We are curating with Anja Cronberg a Vestoj residency program at Palais de Tokyo in Paris within the frame of “La Manutention format.
Launched in 2017, La Manutention is a new Palais de Tokyo project which encourages exploration and experimentation, by giving artists the opportunity to develop their practices and produce original performances for the duration of a month. We are curating three evenings dedicated to exploring the Vestoj universe through three recent journal themes: ‘Failure,’ ‘Masculinities’ and ‘Authenticity.’

Thursday 22nd November is dedicated to Failure.
Date: Nov 2018
Location: Palais De Tokyo
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In a society that venerates success, few things are as alarming as the prospect of failure. To fail is to expose yourself to the judgment of others, and to judge yourself according to those same standards. It is also an opportunity to learn how to remain humble. In the fashion industry, failure is common. Recently experts have argued that fashion as a system has failed altogether, since creativity often has to make way for profit. But fashion can also fail in small ways: the story is full of trends that failed to take off and dresses suddenly splitting at the side. During one evening, failure will be celebrated. As Samuel Beckett wrote in Worstward Ho: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’

With contributions from artists and performers such as Sissel Tolaas, Bless, Moullinex, Guillaume Sorge, Etienne Blanchot, Topper Harley, Choir of Complaints, London College of Fashion alumni and many more.