The Society of the Spectacles was founded in 2012 as a creative/research collective that investigates the cultural significance of eyewear in its various forms especially film and art. The Society of the Spectacles is made up of Creative Directors, Robert Hamilton and Susan Platt, and Graham Jones, Head Designer. The initial project was held at Jo Padmore Eyewear in 2013 followed by a second project at Cornerhouse in 2015.

The Society of the Spectacles launched its third project: Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories at HOME in September 2017. The theme was based on ‘Dr Zhivago’ directed by David Lean (1966) and inspired by ‘General Strelnikov’ played by Sir Tom Courtenay.

Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories was a collaboration between The Society of the Spectacles and General Eyewear, a London based eyewear company. In addition to an extensive collection of vintage eyewear, General Eyewear specialises in making bespoke glasses for movies, including those directed by Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and Tim Burton.

The Society of the Spectacles invited 24 artists, designers and film makers based in Sheffield, Manchester, Chicago, Panama and California to make work that responds to a pair of glasses (or its wearer), in a film of their choice, all in the format of the 27”x40” film poster.

Images from the exhibition are displayed on the site. The Society of the Spectacles were also interviewed by The Guardian here and Seen Opticians here.

The Society of the Spectacles are currently working on their fourth project to be held at Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2020…

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