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Meg Osborne: stylist for Ursula Mayer's films on show at Hayward Gallery
Mirror City, Hayward Gallery, 14 October 2014 – 4 January 2015.

Meg Osborne: stylist for Ursula Mayer's films on show at Hayward Gallery

Meg Osborne, Director of Programme for Fashion, has worked with artist Ursula Mayer as a costume stylist for her films Gonda and Medea, currently on show at the Hayward Gallery in London as part of the exhibition Mirrorcity (until 4th January 2015). As Meg describes, their collaborative process dates abck a few years now:

"Before filming we work together to rationalise how elements within the work could look, how the ‘actors’ and any artifacts are styled, and how they will exist within the spaces/ location. Subtext and signifiers are debated in this process of visualising and then actualising the initial concepts. Working with Ursula during filming is also an evolving process, and in addition to managing ‘practical’ necessities, I am in creative dialog with Ursula as the filming progresses."

Gonda is informed by Ayn Rand’s 1934 play Ideal. In the play’s script, controversial Russian American writer and philosopher Rand lays out her philosophical system of “Objectivism” with its stubbornly anti-altruistic and individualistic position. As a critical counter to Rand, Gonda creates kaleidoscopic printed spaces in which image and text shift roles to affect presupposed ideals of identity and existence. Noting how the cinematic image actually gazes back on us, the book utilizes highly stylized and precisely composed full-color imagery, and features Dutch transgender model Valentijn de Hingh.
This contemporary interpretation of Medea by Ursula Mayer is a modernized hyperbole of the collision of two worlds. In her attempt to reconcile past and present Mayer casts JD Samson in the role of Medea - a contemporary queer icon known from the riot grrrl band Le Tigre, and includes short documentary extracts depicting the current tensions in the Arab region. Haunting and sensual, the film is a visual and intellectual treat that incorporates cinematic imagery to pose fundamental questions about contemporary society.

MIRRORCITY brings together art informed by science-fiction, the emergence of new speculative philosophies and the effects of the internet on our lives.