Section: Barbara Adams
In Search of the Missing Pieces
Studio design practice, research focus and questions asked:
Fashion collection investigating the phenomena of displacement and alienation as an outcome of globalization:
– looking into the issue of migration as a driving force of globalization with the focus on illegal immigration
– migration as the act of moving (movement, displacement)
– concept of imagined ‘others’ – invisible but real
– integration and adaptation
– why and where are they off to? what are the consequences involved (for immigrants and on levels of personal, communal, national, global)?
– Bodies: The Exhibition:
The controversy over the origin of the cadavers (whether they were legally obtained or not) and the fact that it did not anyhow affect the ticket sales got me thinking whether the reaction of the public would be somehow different if the bodies on view were those of Americans or Western Europeans, and in the broader sense of the idea of identifying somebody as ‘the other’ and, as the result, alienating yourself from them.
– Emma Rodgers’ ‘Manhattan Skydancer’ and Bruno Catalano’s sculptural installation ‘The Art of Missing Pieces’:
Fragmented pieces and distortion in the medium are supposed to convey the idea of movement in the former and the sense of displacement and dejection in the latter.
– Ed Keller: idea of cultural adaptation to changing circumstances
– Arjun Appadurai: ideas of ethnoscapes, communities with “no sense of place”, construction of imagined worlds (and clashes with reality discovered), deterritorialization and cultural reproduction in new settings (production of localities, problem of enculturation in a period of culture change, retrospective affiliations with culture of origin and translocalities (potentially leading to instability of social relationships))
– Harvey: idea of subjectivity and positionality (why do we categorize somebody as “the other” – ‘Everyone is an immigrant at some point’/ ‘I am today what your grandparents were yesterday’)
– problem of representability (Jameson) (combining utilitarian and conceptual; being conceptual without being too literal/overt, metaphors in fashion representation)
Intended presentation format:
Design journal with explanatory captions/statement booklet