Chaos & Higher Order
A visual odyssey of film, photography, and design. An editorial style journey deep into the psyche, expressing the nature of duality, and the continuous voyage towards unity.
Concept, choreography, & direction: Imogen Mansfield
Illustration & costume design: Katrina Eglite
DP: Oihana Villena, Kevin Wong
Photography: Pedro Vidal, Oihana Villena, Ellen Dixon, Andy Martin
Music: David Lama (Pet Recycle)
Sound engineering: Petru Shka
Words and voice: Charlie Brook
Hair & Makeup: Anete Sukute
The seams start to rip
To reveal the complicated pattern
Of formation within
Simple and complete when together
Beautiful and chaotic when not
Rustle, as I breathe in clarity
You can't rush the rip
Nor stop it
Just watch as it swallows authenticity
To replace with
What is that?
Recently, being drawn towards screen-dance as an opportunity to cultivate and curate her natural eye for composition in visual media, Imogen Mansfield embarked on the journey of directing Chaos & Higher Order, a project that brings together film, photography, spoken word, dance, illustration, music, and costume design. Chaos & Higher Order was a way to begin exploring and understanding the universe - an impossible feat. Through this project, we explore the paradoxical and radical imposing ideologies of the world.
The couture costume for Chaos & Higher Order, was created in collaboration with Illustrator and designer, Katrina Eglite. This is a one-of-a-kind couture costume, inspired and influenced by the merging styles of the two artists. The first layer of the costume is made from two recycled formal man shirts organised in other way as vest and skirt, sprayed with colour which relates to urban graffiti walls. Playing with metaphorical meaning of formal shirts, routine, mess, chaos and order. The second layer is linen kimono with illustrations as attachable pieces on top. With the goat (symbolising ceaseless energy, creativity), third eye (a state of enlightenment), gas mask (destruction), and breastfeeding (safety, improvement).
ebb & flow
tension & release
expansion & contraction
growth & destruction
chaos & higher order
This idea of contradiction and conflict is reflected in all aspects of the project, with all contributing artists portraying their own perception, understanding, and interpretation of these opposing commodities. Look closely though the chaos, and you’ll find small moments of unthinkable wonder. Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.