It’s not easy being an artist these days, what with protesters smashing your art and Cossacks smashing your face. Thankfully, one artist has devised an ideal solution for protecting performers: delightfully psychedelic cloth armour suits that won’t inhibit the wearer’s artistic freedom. Freedom of movement is another matter, however.
These Sound Suits are the product of Chicago-area performance artist and choreographer, Nick Cave — who last year unleashed 30 textile “horses” to freely roam and graze in Grand Central Station — who began developing the armour in response to the 1992 beating of Rodney King. The suits, he recently told Hi-Fructose, aren’t just to protect their wearers — they are meant to alter the wearer’s center of gravity and physical interactions with the world outside.
Pictures: John Kennard