FARFETCH x Off-White™: IMAGINARY TV
In February-March 2021, KALEIDOSCOPE and Farfetch team up to present a digital activation around the Off-White™ "Imaginary TV" live event in Milan, with exclusive KALEIDOSCOPE-created social content.
"Imaginary TV" is a digital extravaganza launched by Virgil Abloh, featuring upcoming artists from all disciplines, creating and performing live, together, on one global stage.
Prince Gyasi, visual artist
"Children are the future. Younger brothers and sisters coming up and the next generation after us depend on artists to keep them inspired, in order to keep moving. They feed from our visions and voices for their growth process. After my partner Kuukua Eshun and I founded Boxedkids, a non-profit organization which only focuses on education for children who don’t have the means to access it, art has been the only fuel that keeps the mission going. It’s my responsibility to speak about my experiences as a Ghanaian visually in a way that people don’t get to see often. It’s important to tell our stories ourselves and make sure no one tells them for us. Ghana is a country blessed with rich culture, talents, and unique artists who are doing really well. We’re driving a vibrant creative revolution."
Photography by David Nana Opoku Ansah
Michele Rizzo, choreographer
"I like to observe how aspects of my works develop and age over time. However, I always need new elements in a project—a new technique or medium, a new context—so that I can put myself in a completely unstable place again, a place of curiosity. I collaborate with musicians, light designers, costume designers… I truly believe that, as an artist, you are never fully in control when it comes to creation. A project very soon acquires a life of it own. My performance work, Parallel, stemmed from the idea of connection at a distance.” This also resonated with the concept behind “Imaginary TV”: many performances coexisted within the same event."
Photography by Jim Nedd
Kiri Okuyama, DJ
"I’ve always had a multifaceted and multidisciplinary practice rooted in collaboration. For me, collaboration is about taking my direction further, and this stimulation is as essential to my life as breathing. I am actively collaborating with my musician friends. I sincerely hope to see it becoming a proper music label in the near future, to build a “Tokyo sound” that we can be proud of. As a DJ, I always build my set as a ritual, created together with an audience of unknown people that I have never seen before. With my performance for “Imaginary TV,” this process became virtual and I tried to collate as many of my influences as possible, so that new viewers would experience with what I do."
Photography by Lorenzo Dalbosco
Letizia Galloni, Paris Opera ballet dancer
"For me, dance is freedom. When you are on stage you must let everything go, so you’re able to experience all kinds of emotions—love, sadness, even death—pushed to a whole other level of intensity. I am excited that contemporary ballet has acquired such a big presence in the repertoire of the Paris Opera, and the Parisian dance scene in general. There was a great need for diversity in dance—not only among the artists, but also in the stories that we tell. When I was offered to participate in Off-White’s “Imaginary TV,” it had been almost a year since I had last performed a “regular” show. The world of art and culture was on hold. So this opportunity really cheered me up: I went to a studio and let my imagination run."
Photography by Suzy and Leo
Wallette Watson, singer-songwriter
"Journaling is a huge part of my creative process: that’s how I sort through my thoughts, my life experiences, my joys, my pains. It’s all pen to paper at first and then it becomes a story, a poem, a song. I’m in my most creative place when I’m in nature. The moment I stop and take in God's breathtaking creation, is when inspiration comes flooding. I was born and raised in North Carolina and it’s my safe place. It made me who I am, gave me the heart and the soul. To this date, it still grounds me. New York, on the other hand, has been my place of growth. The years I’ve spent there have been the biggest and most beautiful, yet the hardest and most vulnerable. After the year we’ve all had, it was such a blessing to be able to go on stage again for the “Imaginary TV” event. I got to perform with some crazy talented musicians—Ray Angry, Matt Gumley, Jason RC and Ambe. The energy in the room was absolutely amazing."
Photography by Lula Hyers
Binta Diaw, visual artist
"My Senegalese heritage has a huge role and place in my artistic practice, where “roots” are the starting point. In my photo series Paysages Corporels, and in my performance for “Imaginary TV” alike, I aim to create a space for imagination and reflection about the representation of the female Black body. The body is a space of identity and testimony, and a tool of expressiveness par excellence. I'm currently working on projects in Milan, where I live, but I’m also planning an exhibition in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. While being active in Italy means a lot to me, I am so happy to be in conversation with the art scene in Africa."
Photography by Jim Nedd