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Veuve Clicquot presents latest instalment of Widow Series

Champagne producer Veuve Clicquot has presented Rebels, the fourth instalment of its annual event, the Widow Series.

The event is a homage to its founder, Madame Clicquot.

Launching on 15 November and taking place over three evenings at London’s South Bank, the event will celebrate and explore radical moments in British culture under the narration of Tom Hingston.

Brought to life across six rooms, Rebels will host collaborations from world renowned photographer Nick Knight, light installation artist Chris Levine, photographic and filmmaking duo Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, installation artists Rebecca Louise Law, Anna Burns, London menswear designer Liam Hodges and musicians Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry; featuring an adaptation of her song Kong, Mercury Prize Winners Young Fathers, Savages’ Jehnny Beth & Johnny Hostile, Mo’Wax Founder James Lavelle and audio by Fantom, the sensory music app, featuring Teardrop / Massive Attack.

Room 1 — Manifesto

The entrance room to Rebels has been conceived in collaboration with Young Fathers. Their installation, featuring a film interpretation of their song Get Up, directed by Tom Hingston and Thomas James, offers up a rallying cry to the rebel spirit.

Room 2 — C.A.L.M

Created by Jehnny Beth, singer with the band Savages, and her partner and producer Johnny Hostile, this secret space offers a new departure for the duo. An installation that blends Hostile’s photographic work with Beth’s poetry and fiction, C.A.L.M – CRIMES AGAINST LOVE MANIFESTO offers an insight into their world. Set against a soundtrack of white noise, the viewer is confronted with images that confront, unnerve, provoke and entice. 

Room 3 — The Revolution

A world-renowned photographer whose work challenges our preconceived notions of fashion and art, Nick Knight OBE has been a chronicler of punk since its early beginnings. For Rebels, Knight has conceived an installation that embraces film and music, drawing parallels between the rebellion of punk and the people’s uprising of the French Revolution.

Room 4  Sunken Cargo

In 2010, divers investigating a shipwreck off the coast of Aaland in the Baltic Sea discovered 47 bottles of Veuve Clicquot, which dated back almost two centuries. Believed to be a consignment sent by King Louis XVI to the Russian imperial court, the haul represents the oldest drinkable Champagne in the world. Inspired by this story of cargo crossing waters and uniting cultures, set designer Anna Burns brings to life the sunken sound system, an installation created in conjunction with revolutionary loudspeaker designers Funktion-One. The work features sound design courtesy of Neneh Cherry, taking an adaptation of ‘Kong’ from her new album Broken Politics.

Room 5 —Gender & Identity

Photographic and filmmaking duo Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones have created an installation consisting of three sculptural installations, featuring photography, film photography and virtual sculpture – each exploring the subversion of identity and stereotype. With accompanying soundscape by James Lavelle (musician, producer and founder of UNKLE / Mo’ Wax Records), the space introduces a series of other-worldly characters, atmospherically presented to convey a sense of dreamlike imagination. Inspired by the idea of the female leader who challenged social norms, the works explore gender fluidity, taking visual cues from clubs such as Heaven and Taboo.

Room 6 — The Comet Bar

Inspired by the great comet of 1811 that spread good fortune across the fields of Reims and helped create the Madame Clicquot’s famous vintage; Le Grande Dame, which has become one of Veuve Clicquot’s most loved bottles within the portfolio, this hero bar will be accompanied by a playlist curated by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, with live characters styled by menswear designer Liam Hodges, all paying homage to the second Summer of Love and the acid house movement; an iconic era that still inspires many creative communities today, across music, fashion and design

Room 7 — Field of Dreams

The Field of Dreams is an ethereal space created by artist Rebecca Louise Law and lighting designer Chris Levine. The elevated full-length room recreates a festival field as the pinnacle of this unexpected space. A sense of joy and bliss abounds among the crowd as people, nature and technology are brought together by a common spirit. The piece is augmented by its unique soundscape - an exclusive edit of the Massive Attack anthem Teardrop created by Fantom, the sensory music app developed by the band’s Robert Del Naja.

Inspired by the spirit of rebellion that Madame Clicquot embodied this year’s Widow Series chapters the most significant events in the Veuve Clicquot story, through exploring some of Britain’s key subcultural moments. Framed as a metaphorical nightclub – the catalyst where great things begin — Rebels embraces music, fashion, film and installation to tell the story of a revolution.

Jean-Marc Gallot, President Maison Veuve Clicquot comments: ‘To quote Madame Clicquot 'A creative trailblazer in her own right, Madame Clicquot famously transformed the champagne industry, redefining gender stereotypes after becoming a widow at the age of 27. Despite facing bankruptcy, with bold ambition and visionary thinking she rebelled against the constraints of society and went on to build one of the most famous champagne houses in the world. The World is in perpetual motion and we must invent the things of tomorrow’ and it is this notion of creativity that we celebrate through the Widow Series.’

On speaking about this year’s creative vision, Tom Hingston, Veuve Clicquot Widow Series narrator says: “The idea of celebrating the Widow’s story — which is one of innovation and rebellion — through our own sub cultural movements feels incredibly exciting. Using the ‘club’ as a device gives us a contemporary framework to tell the Veuve story through without it feeling like a history lesson.”

On the 15, 16 and 17 November, members of the public can attend The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series, ‘Rebels’ at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1

Ticket Price: £22 (includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut)

Thursday 15 November

Slot 1: 6pm – 8pm
Slot 2: 9pm – 11pm

Friday 16 November

Slot 1: 6pm – 8pm
Slot 2: 9pm – 11pm

Saturday 17 November

Slot 1: 6pm – 8pm
Slot 2: 9pm – 11pm


8 November 2018 - Sam Coyne the drinks report, editor