Ash from Chaos – Exhibition

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ASH FROM CHAOS by Joe Corré
Punk has become a marketing exercise to sell you
something you don’t need. The illusion of an
alternative choice, a cog in the Nonstop Distraction
Machine. The establishment endorsed impotent
rebel.
Whilst we are occupied with Punk’s carcass of
Nostalgia in the pursuit of cool. Our house is being
burgled and set on fire.
What will be the value of its Ashes?
DIY is Punk’s only lasting ethic of value. Discover
the truth for yourself and act on it.
This is activism.
You can choose, how you inform yourself, vote, what
you eat, buy, consume and discard, where you put
your money, how you participate in OUR FUTURE.

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Press Release:

A reserve price of £6 million, has been put on the ‘pile of ash’ from the highly controversial punk memorabilia burn by Lazinc Gallery in Mayfair – which is now immortalised in a dramatic artwork.
Lazinc’s reserve makes the ‘Punk Ash Art’ worth more than the artefacts’ original value of £5 million.
Lazinc director Steve Lazarides is best known for being the agent of Banksy. He says: “We are very proud to be exhibiting Corré’s art work. His incredible work defines an era.”
The work will be on display in Lazinc’s first-floor viewing room until 7th May 2018
The artwork will also incorporate Malcolm McLaren’s death mask. Sculptor Nick Reynolds, who created the original, was instructed by Joe Corré to recreate the mask for his art presentation.
On the 40th Anniversary of the release of Anarchy In The UK, 26th November 2016, Joe Corré, who co-founded Agent Provocateur, torched his entire punk memorabilia collection including bondage gear, Johnny Rotten’s trousers and a tiny swastika-sporting Sid Vicious doll. It followed a year of punk celebrations orchestrated by the Museum of London, the British Library, the British Film Institute, the British Fashion Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the Mayor of London.
Corré was highly critical of the shameless commercialisation of punk by the State and corporate sector. “With Virgin Punk credit cards, Punky McNuggets, Punk Fairy Liquid, bondage trousers from Louis Vuitton and punk car insurance, something needed to be done to put a stop to the rot” he says.
“This expensive pile of ash commemorates the demise of Punk but also society as we know it,” says Corré. “Punk was hijacked by corporations and the Establishment, it’s potency rendered meaningless”.
Corré has double-hijacked Punk back, killing it off as an act of kindness.
“NO NINSDOL! Punk became new wave. Punk became tame, conformity in another uniform. Punk needed to be destroyed so it’s spirit could be set free,” remarks Corré.
According to Corré: “Punk is dead, it is used by corporations to offer people an illusion of an alternative choice to sell them something they don’t need. It’s been hijacked but I’ve hijacked it back and we can now use that opportunity to see things for what they really are. Now we’re talking about the value of ash.”
All of the profits from the sale of this ‘Ash From Chaos’ artwork will go towards the Humanade charity to continue the fight against fracking, support some of London’s youth organisations as well as environmental protection.
This unique display will feature as one of the last chapters in a series of events culminating in the Burn Punk London Documentary, which will be released later this year and will explain the reasons behind the burn.

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New Year 2017 – 5 Centuries Ago AW97/98 Paris Collection Super 8mm

 

So this week (& a Happy New Year to you All) is the time to show my Super 8mm footage from behind the scenes, backstage at the ’5 Centuries Ago AW 97-98′ Paris show, the collection 6 months after last week’s video post.
I said that it would be more ‘titillating’, & now you’ll see why…
Having once been a fetish photographer & a campaigner for free sexual expression & against obscenity & censorship laws; I must admit my own guilt because I have censored this footage a bit…
The show took place at the Lido showgirl venue in the Champs Elysees, Paris & the lovely ladies of that establishment modelled alongside the Supermodels. I got a bit carried away…
As I stated last week, the lingerie designs were mine, so that is my excuse.
On the other hand, my edit does make the film a bit tighter, & incidentally, I must say that that the job of a backstage dresser is one of the best…
So off we go & ‘Oh La La’!
Bring on 2018

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Xmas 2017 – Vive la Bagatelle SS97 Paris Collection Super 8mm

 

It’s nearly 5 years now since I did my first post for the Worlds End site. It was February 21st 2013, with a post of an Old Photo of Sara Stockbridge looking sexy at the shop’s till.
I’ve managed to do roughly a post a week during that time, which is a pretty good track record I think. It’s easy in one way, as there is always something to write about.
Lots of memories, lots of politics, many struggles & of course, lots of clothes,… but in another way, quite difficult, as no matter what I write, I always have to do another one, week on, week on.
Also, I don’t know who or how many people read what I write or what effect is has.
For the last year or so, I have written the blog completely on my own, with very little contact with the rest of the Worlds End team (Johannes, Murray & Lisa). They have all been just as preoccupied as me & this year has been pretty full.
I, personally have not been paying such strict attention to the new clothes appearing in the shop (they keep coming).
My mother Vivienne is a powerhouse regarding these things & I always live in a state of perpetual respect for her creative drive & energy.
It takes bit of time always, as she has so much on her plate, but when she is ready, she nails a project in 10 minutes, literally.
Johannes (now with the help of assistant, Ines) has got the Worlds End label production under control & flowing nicely now, no mean feat!.
Murray, who has worked with Vivienne for years & who does many different things in her company is also ultra efficient , because he can second guess for Vivienne,
& Lise was made to front the shop & to show how great & special the clothes, contained therein, are.
So…Bollocks to the conveyor belt, times are different for me right now & posts will come out when I have something worthy.
Right now I do:-)
In March,1997, as always every 6 months, I went to Vivienne’s, Paris fashion show.This one ‘Vive la Bagatelle’ was different.
This was the show that showcased my & my partner Yasmine’s lingerie designs.
The supermodels of the world were wearing them, & I was using a Super 8mm film camera.
This is the footage I shot…
4.14 minutes of beauty.
An ace up my sleeve, is that I can actually make this film clearer in the future.
The process, here used, is that I projected the footage onto a wall & filmed it with my Hi8 video camera.
The benefit of this technique though, is that I love the pulsing nature of the film & I love the sound of the projector whirring.
On the humorous side, you will notice that the lighting technique used in the film, is my good friend Andy (the Gardener), who I got to carry a tungsten security light on a long extension lead.
In order to get the correct light level, he had to nearly burn the lovely bottom of supermodel Nadia Alderman, which he also, with great pleasure, had to run after.
Helena Christensen & Eva Herzigova look pretty Hot too, whilst Jerry Hall does her thing.
I have 2 shows covered by this filming technique & showcasing this lingerie.
The subsequent one, shot at the Lido showgirl venue & modelled by another kind of even sexier supermodel, is from the collection called ’5 Centuries Ago’ (AW97-98).
I will screen this first one now & really very Merry Christmas to you all, the next (a lot more titillating), I will screen next week, on New Years Eve.
After that, it will be 2018 & we will see how it goes :-)

All the Best

Ben

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