15TH – 17TH NOVEMBER 2018 – THE ANNUAL TICKETED EVENT RETURNING THIS YEAR TO LONDON’S SOUTH BANK
Veuve Clicquot presents, ‘Rebels’, the fourth instalment of the Widow Series, an annual creative event which pays homage to the revolutionary founder of the House, Madame Clicquot.
Launching on 15th November and taking place over three evenings at London’s South Bank, the event will celebrate and explore radical moments in British culture under the creative narration of Tom Hingston.
Brought to life across six rooms, Rebels will host collaborations from world renowned photographer Nick Knight, light installation artist Chris Levine, photographic and filmmaking duo Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, installation artists Rebecca Louise Law, Anna Burns, London Menswear Designer Liam Hodges and musicians Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, iconic singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry; featuring an adaptation of her song Kong, Mercury Prize Winners Young Fathers, Savages’ Jehnny Beth & Johnny Hostile, Mo’Wax Founder James Lavelle and audio by Fantom, the sensory music app, featuring Teardrop / Massive Attack.
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Let us take you on a journey through the most radical moments in British subculture. An immersive experience of music, film and fashion inspired by the rebellious spirit of our founder, Madame Clicquot. Widow Series IV: REBELS curated by Tom Hingston @hingstonstudio See link in bio for tickets.
Room 1 — Manifesto A film installation by Young Fathers, showcasing an adaptation of the song ‘Only God Knows’ from Trainspotting T2, which celebrates the importance of spaces that enable freedom and self- expression, both of which were imperative to Madame Clicquot, who’s life was defined by her audacious, courageous choices like challenging shipping blockades to get her champagne to the rest of Europe. This changed the distribution chain to what we have today.
Room 1.5 – C.A.L.M An extension of Room 1, Savages’ Jehnny Beth and Johnny Hostile reveal an exclusive look at their spoken word installation, to be showcased the rest of the public next year, entitled; Crimes Against Love Manifesto, with accompanying imagery of Jehnny, taken by Johnny himself.
Room 2 — The Revolution A room inspired by the spirit of rebellion, brought to life by Nick Knight through a contemporary lens who captures the essence of punk through new footage, sound and graphics. Madame Clicquot’s embodied this spirit throughout her career, defying social convention and breaking the norm. With bold ambition, Madame Clicquot pushed boundaries and went on to build a complete empire, going against societies expectations of a young widow, at that time
Room 3 — Gender and Identity With sound composed by James Lavelle, Room 3 explores the subversion of identity and stereotype through a series of characters based on film-making duo Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones’ recent exhibition ‘Immortals’, which parallels to Madame Clicquot’s influence on redefining gender roles in the 1700’s, when she took charge of her Husband’s business at 27 at a time when women weren’t even allowed bank accounts, a subject which current societies are still challenging on a daily basis
Room 4 ‑The Sunken Cargo
Designed by Anna Burns who, through a number of impressive speaker stacks powered by Funktion 1 to achieve optimum sound, brings to life club nostalgia of walking into a space and being completely dominated and welcomed by music. Juxtaposed by the feeling of unity and discovery that music brings, a signifier of the 170-year-old Veuve Clicquot bottles recovered from a Baltic Shipwreck. An adaptation of ‘Kong’ by none other than Neneh Cherry, with lyrics that address the current social agenda and cultures colliding
Room 5 — The Comet Bar Inspired by the great comet of 1811 that spread good fortune across the fields of Reims and helped create the Madame Clicquot’s famous vintage; Le Grande Dame, which has become one of Veuve Clicquot’s most loved bottles within the portfolio, this hero bar will be accompanied by a playlist curated by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, with live characters styled by Menswear Designer Liam Hodges, all paying homage to the second Summer of Love and the acid house movement; an iconic era that still inspires many creative communities today, across music, fashion and design
Room 6 — Field of Dreams An ode to the culture of mass celebration, the elevated festival field is an ethereal space imaged by Artist Rebecca Louise Law and Light Installation Artist Chris Levine, all paying homage to Madame Clicquot’s dedication to living life to the fullest, and celebration, an act intrinsically linked with champagne, all against an audio backdrop powered by Fantom, the sensory music app, featuring Teardrop / Massive Attack
Inspired by the spirit of rebellion that Madame Clicquot embodied this year’s Widow Series chapters the most significant events in the Veuve Clicquot story, through exploring some of Britain’s key subcultural moments. Framed as a metaphorical nightclub – the catalyst where great things begin — Rebels embraces music, fashion, film and installation to tell the story of a revolution.
A creative trailblazer in her own right, Madame Clicquot famously transformed the champagne industry, redefining gender stereotypes after becoming a widow at the age of 27. Despite facing bankruptcy, with bold ambition and visionary thinking she rebelled against the constraints of society and went on to build one of the most famous champagne houses in the world.
Jean-Marc Gallot, President Maison Veuve Clicquot commented: ‘To quote Madame Clicquot ‘The World is in perpetual motion and we must invent the things of tomorrow’ and it is this notion of creativity that we celebrate through the Widow Series.’
On speaking about this year’s creative vision, Tom Hingston, Veuve Clicquot Widow Series narrator says: “The idea of celebrating the Widow’s story — which is one of
innovation and rebellion — through our own sub cultural movements feels incredibly exciting. Using the ‘club’ as a device gives us a contemporary framework to tell the Veuve story through without it feeling like a history lesson.”
On the 15th, 16th and 17th November, members of the public can attend The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series, ‘Rebels’ at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1
Ticket Price: £22 (includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut)
Thursday 15th November Slot 1: 6pm – 8pm Slot 2: 9pm – 11pm
Friday 16th November Slot 1: 6pm – 8pm Slot 2: 9pm – 11pm
Saturday 17th November Slot 1: 6pm – 8pm Slot 2: 9pm – 11pm
For more information visit: www.veuveclicquotwidowseries.co.uk
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