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Robert Wilson

Robert "Bob" Wilson (born 4 October 1941, Waco, Texas) is an American experimental theater stage director and playwright. He have his own photographer, Julian Mommert who take behind the scences pictures for him.

It was revealed on July 12, 2013 that he would be collaborating with Gaga as part of her upcoming ARTPOP project with footage shown during artRave on November 10, 2013. The first collaboration announced was a video portrait of her.

Work with Lady GagaEdit

2013 MTV Video Music Awards Edit

Robert Wilson designed the set for Gaga's performance of "e 2013 [[MTV Video Music Awa" at the 2013 lso in charge of the light.He was also in charge of the lightning for the show.

Original case study Edit


LG begins on the center stage B below LED scoreboard, in a draped black gown (see reference image). The KAWS head turns to reveal a black backdrop (ex.: silk) stretched across the truss of the head. A red torture performance possibly involving artist Ron Athey (TO BE CONFIRMED) is displayed on an incline, with mirrored, bloody glass (see reference image). LG very slowly walks the catwalk to the main stage over a period of one minute and forty seconds.

At 1:40 / as LG arrives at the black silk drop, it drops kabuki style and is immediately pulled offstage to reveal a blinding white paradise garden (see reference images), filled with LG performers, possibly floating or displayed on tall pedestals (see attached looks). At the same time as the black screen drops, LG’s black dress drops to reveal the same elegant gown in white. LG begins to walk stage left across the stage in profile over the course of two minutes. As she crosses the torture figure, the dress turns red.

At 3:13, LG begins to fly diagonally up stage right in front of the white garden. The song ends as she is still ascending diagonally above the garden. At 3:36 or the end of the song, there is a black out; she is lowered and the head turns back to original position for next act. The exact timing of the walk, if her song is to be preceded by other noise/white noise etc./prior to it starting, etc. is ytd.

October 29-31, 2013 Edit

Date October 31, 2013
Location London, England Gb
Videos Dissident Indutries Inc.
Director Robert Wilson
Assistant Director Noah Khoshbin
Producer Matthew Shattuck, Chris Green
Assistant Producer Andy Gilchrist
Digital image technician JM Hurley
Costume/Stylist Kevin Santos
Lighting Designer John Torres
Director of Photography Mike Berlucchi
1ST AC Charlie English
Gaffer David Smith
Electricians Ian Barwick, Billy Gamble, Stewart Monteith, Tim Neill
Dimmer board operator Andrew Walton
Rigger Derek Norbury
Grip Paolo Frasson
Makeup Artist Tara Savelo at Haus of Gaga
Hair Stylist Frederic Aspiras at Haus of Gaga
Fashion Director Brandon Maxwell at Haus of Gaga
Art Director Annick Lavallée-Benny, Norah Marshall
Assistant Art Director Ros Cumberland, Kate Benton, Diego De La Guardia
Art Buyer Gill Farr
Prop Maker Matt Baker
Scenic artist Rohan Harris
Carpenter Lukasz Bartosiawicz
Prosthetic artist Stephen Murphy
Still Photography Bear Kirkpatrick, Julian Mommert
Stand-IN Zoe Litsios
Rope artist Dave Rickman
Art departamenr runner Maxwell Fine
VFX Supervisor Brendan Bellomo
Editor Lannie Lorence, Sheila Sullivan, Jason Jones
Music Composition Dominic Bouffard, Budgie, Michael Galasso

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Title: Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière d'après Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (2013)
Interpretation of “Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière” by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1806) as a slowly shifting 6 minutes video loop. In the video, Gaga is seen almost still and at some point, closing her eyes.

Title: Variations d'après la Tête de saint Jean-Baptiste de Solario (2013)
Variation of "Testa di Giovanni Battista" (The Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger) by Andrea Solario from 1507. A total of 14 looped videos ("steps") were made of Gaga's face superimposed over the painting by Solario.

"La Mort de Marat" (The Death of Marat) by Jacques-Louis David (1793). For the exhibition, the frame was located on the first floor of the Denon wing. A recording of Gaga reading a few sentences in a loop.

During a radio interview, Gaga explained that she spent more than 48 hours with Robert Wilson reacting famous painting for his exhibit "Living Rooms" at The Louvre in France. From these sessions, he picked 24 photographs for the exhibition. The full shoot include:

  • "Testa di Giovanni Battista" (The Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger) by Andrea Solario from 1507.
  • "Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière” (Miss Caroline Rivière) by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres from 1806.
  • "La Mort de Marat (The Death of Marat)" by Jacques-Louis David from 1793.
  • "Flying": a video loop of Gaga hanging upside down wearing a bondage outfit.

Along with the photographs, a 50 minutes video is being shown at the exhibit as a "work in progress". Video footage of the "Testa di Giovanni Battista" set was shown during the artRave on November 10, 2013.

Gaga explained to Miranda Sawyer during an interview that she had her own idea of a living picture. This involved her wearing a bondage outfit and hanging upside down. “I told him I wanted to do something that was a tribute to the tortured soul of the artist that ends in suicide,” she explained to Sawyer.


November 11, 2013 - February 17, 2014: Living RoomsEdit

At Musée du Louvre in Paris.



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