Wearable Performance and Fashioned Artefacts – Performance Research Hub

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Two presentations on design-led and collaborative movement processes between body and dress or fashioned material artefact.

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Design-led and collaborative movement processes between body and dress or fashioned material artefact are the subject of these two presentations. In such scenarios of wearable performance, the encounter is two-way, the dress encounters the body and the body encounters the dress: they are united and mutually extended. There is thus an inter-relationality and reciprocity of actions and these are explored for their generative and animating potentials from the perspective of both the designed artefact and the augmented body by Cope and Danjoux. The work is situated at the intersections of fashion and performance; however, modes of inquiry differ between Cope and Danjoux highlighting the diversity of approaches in the field. In her presentation, Danjoux examines the impact that dress – envisioned as wearable performance design – creates for practices of movement choreography and sound composition within interactive performance frameworks. Moreover, through this research she specifically interrogates the predominantly peripheral position of dress to the emergence of movement in contemporary dance – arguing for a greater interlinking of costume and choreography. In contrast, Cope will discuss the role of performance in relation to the moving and static artefact as one aspect. She will also delve into the notion of activating the artefact’s symbolism through motion, and the particular role life experiences and social observation play in her work.

This Performance Research Hub event will be chaired by Dr. Jessica Bugg, School of Media & Communication.

Michèle Danjoux is a fashion designer, experienced educator and Research Coordinator for the School of Media & Communication at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She is also co-director of DAP-Lab (http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/arch.html). Her artistic and research interests centre on wearable design through and as performance, and involve collaboration with dancers, choreographers, musicians and media artists. She completed her doctoral study in 2017 with a practice-based thesis titled Design-in-Motion: Choreosonic Wearables in Performance. The project interrogates the choreographic space of real-time interactive dance performance through experimentation with specially designed audiophonic wearables. Danjoux has presented her work at international conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and her designs have been performed at Kibla Multimedijski Centre, Kibla, Slovenia, Watermans Art Centre and Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studios, London.

http://www.danssansjoux.org

Jo Cope is a practising artist, fashion lecture, and guest speaker at numerous universities including London Collage of Fashion where she studied her Masters in Fashion Artefacts. She is a member of the MIND Fashion collective (https://www.mindfashion.today/jo-cope) and describes her work as part of an anti-superficial fashion movement, crossing the boundaries of Fashion, Art and Craft. Her work draws from human psychology, social/cultural trend observations and philosophy and for over a decade has been exhibited in a diverse range of environments from London Craft Week to the Design Festival at the Venice Biennale. She has been involved in exhibitions in places including Buckingham Palace, the Budapest Museum of Art and the Decorative Arts Museum Paris. Cope’s work not only has been exhibited in numerous museums, galleries and concept stores internationally but is regularly in demand by cutting edge fashion magazines such as DANSK Magazine, to illustrate futurist perspectives of fashion in many contexts including more recently cross overs between fashion and science.

http://www.jocope.com

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