Discovering time like a vast playground is a veritable experience. Measuring the hour, of course, but so as to have more fun with it. Style, yes, but so as to be more liberated from it. Hermès time with an all-new show devised by the London-based company Gandini Juggling. The show is followed by a scenography circuit open to the public from 7 to 17 June at Hall of Fame, M Floor, Siam Paragon.
For Hermès, time is an object born of uncompromising expertise. Its inherent tension is translated by the house into a singular characteristic. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity.
The show by Gandini Juggling is in the image of this time that mixes up the rules and playfully subverts them. Peculiar characters mingle with the guests. In their hands, apples pirouette in a ballet of ﬂuid and precise gestures. The mood of the audience dances to the rhythm of the comic sketches.
Gravity is a question for the apples alone, caught in time, every time. The pace of the game accelerates. Light-hearted, it nevertheless rises in crescendo. At the end, exactly one hour has passed, but who could have known? Time has slipped away, at the whim of the artists and apples shaping the space.
The experience continues with the disconcerting scenography. First, with monolithic windows in which the watches appear and disappear in time with pulsating light. Then come interactive screens, human sized to better appropriate the forms. Before these two-way mirrors, silhouettes of the visitors are displayed before slowly vanishing into smoke. Videos and images succeed each other, stretched, duplicated in the manner of a kaleidoscope. It is for us, in front of the screen, to decide what to do with this time, this playful ally that belongs to us, always.