VOLCHOK x S.A.R. Online Sessions.
Gamers' uniform collection: virtual drop
In a first-ever collaboration with the Russian Pavilion, the Russian conceptual streetwear brand VOLCHOK launches a dedicated capsule collection with a virtual drop that takes place in the alternative reality of S.A.R. Online Sessions, a video game developed by Moscow-based artist, filmmaker and game designer Mikhail Maximov.
The concept of the uniform expands on the main theme of this year’s Biennial, How will we live together? and gives it a new twist by investigating digital worlds, alternative realities, and the philosophical concepts behind S.A.R. Online Sessions. Within the context of a renewed Russian Pavilion, the uniform also interrogates the notion of collective belonging, and the need to acquire distinctive identification symbols.
The capsule collection consists of four items: a jumpsuit, a turtleneck top, a T-shirt, and a face mask. The key element of the uniform is the jumpsuit, evocative of both workers’ overalls and an intergalactic explorer outfit. The chevrons with imaginary hazard symbols are a reference to alternative realities. The pattern on the turtleneck top is a combination of textures and motifs from S.A.R. Online Sessions, while the T-shirt features a human figure disappearing among the glitches of a birch grove.
VOLCHOK is a clothing brand rooted in the love for street culture and the arts. Every collection explores a series of ideas united by a common theme. For the VOLCHOK team it is a way to reflect on social practices and channel its own vision of the current agenda. In the 7 years of its existence, the brand grew into a collective project of young and daring people from all subcultures and walks of life, offering them a space for creative expression and cooperation.