In the work Procrustinacean, Schueller draws parallels between fashion’s compulsive drive toward the new and a profound evolutionary urge. He compares humans shedding garments to other lifeforms that shed their skin or modify their appearance. In doing so, he speculates about future 'fashion species' and how clothing could shapeshift once it leaves the human body. He also shares his specific fascination for the horseshoe-crab, an animal whose blue blood, that holds an important virus detector, is harvested by the pharmaceutical industry. Our reliance on this animal can determine the decline of this species, or that of our own.
In the exhibition, that includes objects, performance, participation and conversation, Schueller invites the audience to internalize the story of this animal and to see the interdependence between us.
Das Leben am Haverkamp, in collaboration with Warehouse, supports Schueller’s work by creating access to new materials and techniques as well as contextualization of the work through conversations. Together with Suzanne Bernhardt, Schueller developed a potion, a ‘liquid of life’ that visitors can consume in the exhibition.
Many thanks to Creative Industries Fund NL.