OK Go – LED Jackets

Fendi Gibson Les Paul for OKGo

Fendi Gibson Les Paul for OKGo

Hello from Miami,  where we are having a great time bringing some cutting edge performance art to Design Miami’s temporary gallery space! Together with Silvia Fendi I have designed and customised these Gibson Les Paul guitars and a Grabber bass using Fendi’s luxurious materials and hand craft combined with LED illumination and lasers. The lasers turn the guitars into musical paint brushes that create real time graphics on a giant projection.
OKGo are performing every night at 6:30,  if you are in town make sure you don’t miss this! And to top it all, tonight we have a special guest appearance of Tom Dixon, joining the band and playing the bass.
Please have a look at the project gallery with work in progress images and shots from the performance. This is being updated daily, so make sure you check back…

 

Damian Kulash of OKGo with Fendi Gibson Les Paul Guitar

Damian Kulash of OKGo with Fendi Gibson Les Paul Guitar

 

Fur covered Fendi Les Paul Guitar for OKGo

Fur covered Fendi Les Paul Guitar for OKGo

 

OKGo with LED jackets

OKGo with LED jackets

 Waldemeyer collaborates with the quirky kings of Geek Rock, try
OK Go, to fashion a new kind of stage performance. The band recently approached Waldemeyer to design the costumes for their latest performance, and his solution quite literally lights up the stage – thousands of LED lights, stitched into the jackets of the four performers, will turn each of them into a moving light show. Waldemeyer’s inspiration was the flickering lights of the slot machines in the casinos of Las Vegas. The result is a dazzling innovation in stage costume design, a knowing fusion of glitz and capitalist kitsch that perfectly reflects OK Go’s own synthesis of Power Pop and tongue-in-cheek wit.

When the band appears on stage, LED lights embedded in their jackets run through a sequence that makes up the letters O,K,G,O – like a Vegas slot-machine scrolling through its symbols to spell the band’s name.

OK Go are one of the world’s most dynamic alternative rock bands, known for their infectiously offbeat music and radically innovative low-budget videos. The video for “Here It Goes Again” – known globally as “The tread-mill video” – has become one of the most watched music videos of all time. Now they want to take their stage performances to the same level. Their collaboration with Waldemeyer is the first exciting step on that journey.

The costumes were first shown on 22 November at KOKO nightclub, as part of the Smirnoff Electric Cabaret. A new era of rock flamboyance has begun.

OKGo LED jackets

OKGo LED jackets backstage

Damian Kulash of OKGo with LED jacket

Damian Kulash of OKGo with LED jacket

Damian Kulash with LED jacket and Fendi guitar

Damian Kulash with LED jacket and Fendi guitar

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