Front of House Fashion Survey (2019)

Invigilator Research Network presented a fashion survey of invigilator uniforms sourced from the network. Timed to coincide with London Fashion Week. The exhibition explored the potential of gallery and museum uniforms as ready-to-wear garments by transforming one window into an exhibition space to display the garments and the other into a cloakroom for the performers/invigilators.

Window Galleries, Central St Martins, London.

11th February - 24th February 2019. Live performance 18th February 17.00 - 20.00

Performance

In a choreographed event, uniformed performers inhabited the window gallery spaces, enacting gestures, activities and poses which mimiced the physical vocabularies of gallery guards. These included watch checking, reading, radio calls, sitting, standing motionlessly and making eye contact with viewers. In a further examination of gallery practices and the relationship between art institutes and labour, the exhibition IRN paid their performers an industry rate (£11.88 per hour) and the evening was structured to mirror the timings of a standard invigilator shift.

Performers:

Aidan Duffy
Anna Koronkiewicz
Firpal Jawanda
Richard Schmidt

Documentation here: invigilatorresearch.org/fohfashionsurvey/