It was so cool to perform at the Ghost In The Shell release party organised by Tumblr in Paris during fashion week. The event was called Prototype in honour of my music/video release and featured a host of tech fashion designers throughout the event.
My latest film in partnership with British Council is one of ten films in their Shakespeare Reimagined series featuring my brand new track 'FEVAH'. Dressed 3D printed fashion and nails performing a virtual courting ritual with the incredible IMMA. Directed by the visionary Sing J Lee and devised together, we explore the obsession with the digital image of self and the future of romance.. a pure pleasure from start to finish. Have a look and full credits at the end of the video \\ XXVM
Also see a white up on HUFFPOST
Read full article about this performance meets technology experiment in WIRED ( use translate )
'I am determined to create a different reality and to show that nothing is permanent and identity. "
This sort of thing doesn't happen every day i received a Haute Couture 'Inspiration' Award. A truly Magical moment.
I had the absolute pleasure being hosted at Poland's most influential Disability 'Integracia' Gala run by a force of nature Piotr Pawłowski. It was attended by 2,000 people, including disabled children from all over Poland which really moved me to tears.Their work is a shining example of making a difference in the world.
Following VM's record jump with Mario Gervasi the Federation Des Club De La Defernce have asked Viktoria to open the 20km Paris Marathon and to give out the prizes to disabled racers.
La Fédération des clubs de la défense aux "20 Kilomètres de Paris": entre ciel et terreLe 11 octobre 2015, en ouverture des "20 Kilomètres de Paris", 4 parachutistes militaires sautaient sur le Champ de Mars au pied de la Tour Eiffel. Sensations et émotions fortes garanties !Posted by Fédération des clubs de la défense on Wednesday, 14 October 2015
This weekend VM was invited to visit Paris by a legendary parachutist and philanthropist Mario Gervasi who works with the French Army and the Wounded Soldier charity "Les Pôles de l’Espoir”.
VM did a tandem jump alongside war veteran Raphael Ferkatadji and set the amputee woman record jump of 6000 meters.
On Sunday 14th December during The X Factor Final on ITV, Channel 4 will introduce the nation to an alternative pop artist – Viktoria Modesta. Launching as part of the channel’s brand campaign, ‘Born Risky’, a promo for the song Prototype will premiere to millions of viewers during the ad break, with the audience invited to watch a full length video at www.channel4.com/bornrisky
The promo presents Viktoria, every inch a new contemporary artist … but with a difference that sets her apart from the idealized form of a pop artist. A prosthetic limb. It is a difference too far for the music industry to date, and the reason why Channel 4 has given her this important platform.
Viktoria challenges our pre conceptions of what a pop artist could be. She treats her amputeeism as empowering, as part of her artistic expression which can thrill and influence - not an accident of nature which demands sympathy. She defies being categorized and makes us re –think meaning of the word ‘disabled’. In the same way that Channel 4’s Superhumans campaign during the London Paralympic Games in 2012 altered perceptions of disability in athletics, Viktoria’s Prototype shines a light on stigma, questions normal ideas of sex and beauty and celebrates being different.
Viktoria is a British singer-songwriter and model who took the radical decision aged 20 to undergo a below-the-knee amputation to improve her mobility following difficulties at birth which left her with a damaged left leg. A true non-conformist, Viktoria has pursued a career in music and modelling, including performing at the closing ceremony at the Paralympic Games in 2012, however certain doors have remained closed due to her amputeeism.
““Like Viktoria Modesta herself this project is inspiring, unique and very hot. Pop stars these days are painfully dull and manufactured. She is the perfect partner for Born Risky and Channel 4 as she embodies our governmental remit of championing alternative voices and establishing new talent. We wanted to build on the legacy of the Paralympics work so we asked ourselves “Why are there no disabled pop artists?” Then Viktoria marched into our lives. She’s the real deal. She just needed someone to take a risk on her…””
— Chris Bovill and John Allison, Heads of 4Creative
““Channel 4 was born to be different: to offer alternative perspectives and to take creative risks, especially with new talent. In a world of homogenized pop, Viktoria is those values in a nutshell. We are honoured to help her develop her career and change attitudes to disability in the process.” Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Channel 4.”
— Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Channel 4
““Through this video, pop culture had to engage the physical reality of amputation as a poetic concept rather than a medical procedure. The video had to create an unapologetic and less ‘morality-riddled’ forum for someone like Viktoria to exist in the mainstream. Like Viktoria, it bores me that the only way an amputee can be relevant is to achieve something that people easily understand. Culture currently dictates that we view disability from a position of wholesome admiration and empathy. This video challenges that convention”. ”
— Saam Farahmand, Video Director
Its been the most amazing experience performing at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony. Directed by Kim Gavin it was a beautifull pagan festival experience.
My performance piece with the skaters from Dacing On Ice was the winter section playing the Snow Queen to a beautiful song called 42 by Coldplay.