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Exhibition Extravaganza: Epistēmē – A sensory installation at ION Art Gallery


Presented by Australian luxury skin, hair and body care brand Aesop, Epistēmē is a brand new art installation at ION Art Gallery that re-imagines the gallery space as a theatre of the senses – showcasing the moment Aesop’s formulations interact with the skin’s surface through aroma, sound, tactile materiality, sculptural intervention, and moving images.

Presented as part of ION Orchard’s 10th anniversary, the evocative, sensory installation takes its name from the Greek word for knowledge and understanding, born out of the notion that knowledge is absorbed through the senses, with skin acting as a convergence between our bodies and the world around us. Inspired by this understanding, Aesop reimagined the gallery space as a theatre of the senses, portraying the moment Aesop formulations touch skin’s surface through aroma, with sound design by Ricky van Broekhoven, tactile materiality, sculptural intervention, and Hess’s film work.

The installation will feature three short films created in collaboration with Dutch artist Bart Hess. Hess is known as a mutator of materials, a conceptual artist concerned with exposing the human body as a platform for new technologies. Oscillating between the macabre and the piquant, his work enlivens novel sensorial experiences.

For over a decade, Hess has researched and composed materials that surprise, sensualise, and reveal the skin’s surface in ways previously unexplored. These futuristic ‘textiles’ communicate through film, installations, performances, and photography, unveiling even in stillness the movements and textures of their unique biology.

The films then dramatise skin’s response to three replenishing Aesop Skin Care favourites: Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream, Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, and Lucent Facial Concentrate. To complete the experience, visitors are then invited to visit the Aesop’s ION store (B3-66/66A) to explore the brand’s formulations firsthand and find out more about the formulas and inspirations behind these short films.

To find out more about Epistēmē, visit their website here


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