Moon Suit at Atelier van Lieshout
These are shots that our photographer at AVL took of the project we made for the Dutch Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. This was easily my favorite experience of the entire internship there, because for this project I got to work side-by-side with Joep. His idea for these "apocalypse suits" was basically to create a homemade suit to protect someone from a toxic gas threat. We made a total of 2 of these suits, one was Joep's and one was mine. Little did I know that he was actually going to put me in the suit to photograph it. That was truly an experience to finally work with him on a project. I even think he liked me, which I found out to be a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because he was my boss and I could learn a lot from him, and it was bad because it was Joep!!! and whenever he needed anything crazy to be done, I was the one that did it and didn't complain. I remember that at one point in this project he wanted to sculpt a torso/waist out of styrofoam. So he said to me, "Go get a big piece of foam." I went over and the last piece of styrofoam we had was a full piece measuring about a 1 meter cube. He said, "I need half of that. Wait here." Then he runs (literally runs) into the back of the workshop and comes back with a chainsaw screaming in his hands. Then he says to me, "Hold it up while I cut it in half. Hold still." At this point everyone in the studio stopped to watch. I think they all wanted to see Joep cut an intern in half, but it didn't happen that day.