Critical Fashion Studies Conference

Critical Fashion Studies Conference

27 – 29 February 2020

School of Culture and Communication

University of Melbourne  

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I will be presenting a paper on research at the upcoming conference on the collaborative project Dr Tassia Joannides and I have been undertaking on relationships between fashion and walking.

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Abstract: Designing urban site-responsive fashion.

Urban spaces and places offer up the potential for dynamic site-responsive design and presentation approaches. Yet in fashion, site-responsive design practice has been largely overlooked. Despite an increasing interest in localism there has been a surprising lack of practical inquiry into how disciplinary understandings of locality can be formed and how a sense of place can play a role in fashion design and presentation. Through a case study of two fashion design courses run by Tarryn Handcock and Tassia Joannides, located in (and responding to) Brunswick and Victoria Harbour, it is proposed that becoming an ‘urban flâneur’ can be a methodology for building  understandings of the local in fashion design and pedagogy. By reconceiving Walter Benjamin’s nineteenth century flâneur as an embodied subject who actively observes and produces fashion in the urban environment, practices of ‘urban flâneurie’, including inhabiting, observing and engaging with urban sites, are presented as a methodology for fashion designers to recognise, develop and communicate situated knowledges. Drawing out these knowledges, which might reflect specific material, historical, political, and disciplinary circumstances, as well as socially embedded narratives of place, could enable designers to build critical understandings of how fashion practice can mitigate, control, inform and enhance experiences (Potvin 2009) and perceptions of space and place. This methodology demonstrates the potential for fashion to expand interdisciplinary spatio-cultural discourse of site and contribute valuable understandings to how local practices can actively shape an urban context, including through public engagement events.

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

Critical Fashion Studies Conference website

Design Tasmania Artist Talk

DESIGN LAB TALK: BODY FUTURE

16 January 2020, 11.20am for 11.30am start

Design Tasmania

Corner of Brisbane St + Tamar St

Launceston TAS

Free MONA FOMA event

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Design Tasmania invites you to a conversation between artist Tarryn Handcock and curator Claire Beale, as a part of the Body Future exhibition presented by Design Tasmania for MONA FOMA:

“Tarryn Handcock is a cross-disciplinary design practitioner and lecturer within the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University (Melbourne). Her practice integrates jewellery and object making techniques as well as critically reflective design process strategies including writing, drawing, and speculative scenarios. The Dust Project asked 100 people to participate in a practice based investigation collecting 200 dust samples, a ‘culture’ that combines particulates from living human bodies, garments, and the spaces they inhabit. This ongoing speculative project is a launching point for thinking about three key themes in the context of design: the duration of human bodies and dress, how dress can wear and be worn in relation to a changing body, and the ethics of bodies and dust.

The skins and cells of our moving, breathing bodies disperse into the world, mingling with foreign matter and waste as we pass through space. It is an unsettling and permanent presence, marginal and transitional, without site or bounds.
–Tarryn Handcock”

MONA FOMA 2020

BODY FUTURE

15 January – 1 March 2020

Design Tasmania

Corner of Brisbane St + Tamar St

Launceston TAS

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Opening: Wednesday 15 January 5pm @ Design Tasmania

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I am delighted to be exhibiting with Alice Potts as a part of the Body Future exhibition presented by Design Tasmania for MONA FOMA in 2020. 

“In a world where fast fashion is failing our future, how could we transform the daily impact of our bodies to be of use to the planet? The answer could lie in our sweat or even our dead skin and dander according to two designers: Alice Potts from Royal College of the Arts (London) and Tarryn Handcock from RMIT (Melbourne).” – Design Tasmania

FURTHER INFORMATION:

MONA FOMA 2020

Design Tasmania

New Publication: The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy

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I am pleased to announce that my writing is featured in the newly released book, The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education.

My chapter, ‘Touch and trace: Ethical methodologies for a phenomenological skin’, which addresses how Australian ethical guidelines can be applied in practice to living skin and abject human biomatter (skin dust). It also raises questions about how human data can be treated ethically through research practices.

According to the publisher: ‘The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy provides a deep understanding of the nuances of ethics in the creative environment and contributes to the critical exploration of the nature of research ethics in higher education.

Written by world-renown academics with a wealth of experience in this field, this volume explores ethical challenges and responses across a range of creative practices and disciplines including design, documentary film making, journalism, socially engaged arts and the visual arts. It addresses the complex negotiations that creative practice researchers in higher education undertake to ensure that the ethical compliance required does not undermine the research integrity and artistic aspirations. By presenting carefully considered challenges to accepted models of research, this book illustrates critical analysis through a variety of case studies and anecdotal examples that provide an insight into improved ethics practices and policies in higher education.

This book is perfect for academics, ethics administrators, higher degree research candidates and supervisors looking to engage further in creative practice research and wanting to explore and understand its ethical oversight.’

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Turning digital geology into art

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

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EXHIBITION

 19 – 31 August 2019

Testing Grounds

1 City Road, Southbank VIC

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You can find me on site at the following times:

Wednesday 21 August 11am-6pm
Friday 23 August 11am-6pm
Saturday 24 August 11am – 6pm
Wednesday 28 August 6pm-8pm
Friday 30 August 11am-6pm
Saturday 31 August 11am-6pm

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This month I am Artist in Residence for the exhibition, ‘Turning digital geology into art’. Work developed during the residency will respond to 3.5 million years of geologic data unearthed by global engineering and consulting firm, Golder.

“Golder has been engaged by Development Victoria to undertake geotechnical investigations and assess the Testing Grounds site for future development.”

“Golder’s experts have adopted the latest digital engineering tools to develop 3D models to present the geology of the site – and then turned them into art to showcase how the fascinating geology of Melbourne’s arts precinct evolved over the last 3.5 million years.   

The main model has been 3D-printed to be featured in the exhibition along with geological core samples, multimedia and other pieces providing geological information about the site.

As part of the exhibition, Golder has commissioned local artist and fashion designer Tarryn Handcock to create an installation in the space, and throughout the site, demonstrating how geological data can be interpreted and applied to other fields of knowledge.”

“With a fashion practice that explores dress at an urban scale, she will be populating the site with soft rocks, faux minerals, precious dust, and plastiglomerate propositions for the new geological age”

“Landscape architect Luella Exton is also responding to the data with collage and two-dimensional works.”

Source: Testing Grounds Upcoming Calendar

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

Turning Digital Geology into Art

Topos III

Artificial Geology

Gold(er)

Testing Grounds website

 

Test Sites Workshop

TEST SITES WORKSHOPS

 11 – 14 June 2019

Testing Grounds

Melbourne

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As part of a residency at Testing Grounds, Melbourne, I am developing new work exploring dress at a civic scale and dressing practices for urban public space. This project responds to the fireside as a central dressing site.

Testing Grounds is fully open to the public and you are welcome to come by and see all the artists at work this week.

Thank you to Testing Grounds and City of Melbourne for your support through the Test Sites workshop program.

“Test Sites gives artists the opportunity to explore and experiment with creative ideas for temporary projects within the public realm. The program focuses on areas of interest in the city to engage artists in a civic dialogue in response to a specific site brief.”

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Tarryn Handcock, dressing site: fireside.

 

See: 

Charcoal + Rain

Gold(er)

Artificial Geology

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

Testing Grounds website

Test Sites information