Raf Simons wasn’t the only one causing a stir after his men’s show last week. Following the designer’s New York Men’s week debut, guerrilla art collective, ACC Studio, revealed an impromptu installation outside the event. In collaboration with Lui Valdez, the collective shared, “Welcome To New York, Raf,” a projected VHS experience featuring Raf’s rarely seen Spring ’99 “Kinetic Youth” video. According to the group, the project was intended to “restore order,” while making a brash commentary on the culture of fashion. Along with the video, the installation also included Simons-clad Canal Street vendors and extras hidden throughout TriBeCa.
A “self-institutionalized creative house,” ACC Studio, also known as A Creative Council or Always Cooking Crack, brings together creatives across the art spectrum to produce work that challenges social convention. Core members, Jimbo Williams, Logan Howlet, Aristotle Skretas, Bill Taylor and Jacuzzi, foster creative energy to create conceptual pieces, like “Welcome To New York.” The keenly self-aware installation not only offers an inside peek at the hardly seen Simons video, but also speaks to the collective’s ethos of resistance.
Watch the exclusive online premiere of “Welcome To New York,” below.