A Conversation About Interactions: Body, Performance & Materiality

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28 Jun 2017

5.30pm to 7.30pm

This event is open to all UAL Postgraduate students and alumni, PHD students, UAL staff and the public

The PhD Community at LCF presents a trans-disciplinary research hub event that discusses new perspectives and research methodologies on the body in dress, dance and design.Making meaning of our interactions with clothes, costumes, footwear and digital artefacts is the common theme between the three presenters. From using experimental ethnographic approaches in footwear design, deciphering the influence of the 'practice leotard' on abstract ballets, to investigating the 'digital body', this panel presentation and discussion examines the relationship between the body and multiple materialities.


Dr. Tamara Tomić-Vajagić is a dance historian and Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies, at University of Roehampton in London. Her research specialism is at the intersection between dance and visual culture, specifically the leotard costumes in contemporary ballet, and dance performances as acts of self-portraiture in visual art and non-narrative dance.

Catherine Willems combines her work as designer, lecturer andresearcher. She teaches footwear design at the fashion department of the School of Arts Gent, KASK, in Belgium and works as consultant for Vivobarefoot (UK, London). Willems has a PhD in the Arts in which she combines biomechanics, anthropology and design sciences to explore the relation between materials, skills and design methods in various communities and questions conventional thinking on design, production and creativity.

Douglas Atkinson is Innovation Research Fellow at Digital Anthropology Lab, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. His research explores changing design and making practices in increasingly digitised, Post-Industrial societies, detached from the material and embodied experience of creating fashion artefacts. As a partner in the ESRC funded MIDAS (Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences): Embodiment project he contrasted the theoretical and methodological approaches to the digitised body in fashion and other arts and social science disciplines.

To reserve a free space, please register via eventbrite. This event is hosted by LCF's PhD Student Research Hub.

'X-indigenous' @futurefootwearfoundation: image courtesy of @davidwillemsphoto