Posted by Alex Floro

Always Inspired was DOPE's first Art Basel project bringing together trap music innovator Heroes x Villains, member of the growing “new Atlanta” rap movement Key!, and Australian exhibiting artist Jirat to examine the decontextualization of inspiration in their varying mediums. Whether it is through HxV’s fusion of electronic music and hip-hop, Key!’s punk-rock mentality, or the juxtaposition of heavy metal and rap elements in Jirat’s exhibits, each artist focuses on the creation of an entirely new form of art that is free from the bounds of genre and context. For Always Inspired, Jirat created a custom DOPE jacket that was displayed at Basel Castle first as an exhibition and ultimately as a live performance piece worn on stage by HxV during his set with Key!. The resulting performance was the culmination of Always Inspired, fusing music, art, and fashion into one collaborative experience. See the entire project below: