For July’s Handshake show at Platina in Stockholm I collaborated with Kate Whitley, the photographer who shot the tabletop images for the Touch table.
The show coincided with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, and we wanted exhibition visitors to experience the elation and surge of well-being that occurs at That Podium Moment.
We were inspired by a TED talk by Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. It’s well worth watching.
Cuddy describes how opening up your body in a Power Pose, in private, for 2 minutes changes how you feel and how you are perceived. This can make a difference to the outcome of a high stress situation such as an interview.
We photographed models standing confidently on gold stilts.
Before the images were shot, the models spent 2 minutes standing in a power pose. Our aim was to trigger the instinctive ‘mirroring’ response, so that viewers would unwittingly be prompted to mimic the models’ pose.
On Jewelleryness: PAUSE
At the gallery, two sets of stilts and two sets of round footprints faced the images, encouraging the viewers to pause in an open and stable stance and experience a corresponding lift in confidence, mood and well-being.
On Jewelleryness: TOUCH
The Touch Table also made the trip..
and I was happy that Liesbeth could experience in person the fruits of our collaboration:
The Platina opening was a delicious event that lasted all afternoon and into the evening.