Joining us at the second in our series of talks at London College of Fashion are four panelists interested in the deeper influence of the digital age on popular culture at large
As part of Digital Disturbances, the current group exhibition at London’s Fashion Space Gallery, we are presenting ‘Ripple’, our interactive film first shown last year in Milan. Responding in real-time to human movement and touch, ‘Ripple’ uses a tactile interface of fabric to give the audience a physical sensation of touching the clothing and images on screen. As their hands run across the fabric control panel, digital ripples move across the screen, using a bespoke application that peels back layers of film. The interaction uses a combination of Kinect technology and physical design to create a multi-sensorial experience. The hard surface of the screen is dissolved in ‘Ripple’ as it becomes infused with the emotional immediacy of physical sensation.
Considering the piece in the context of the exhibition, we will be exploring the evolution and disruption of craftsmanship, identity and popular culture in a post-digital age over a series of three talks and discussions, led by us at POSTmatter.
Talk 2. Through the screen: new ways of seeing
At London College of Fashion on 23rd November, we will be presenting the second discussion in the series. In it, we will identify the deeper impact of the digital age through its emergence within the wider mainstream. From Photoshop to emoji, the ubiquity of digital manifestations can be demonstrated within visual culture at large. Outlining the movement by artists and designers to disrupt this, we will examine how this self-awareness and counter-cultural attitude can be successfully drawn upon within the realm of fashion.
Today, the digital is no longer found merely on our desktops and portable devices. Every screen has dissolved, and the influence of internet-based systems can be traced not only in the real world around us, but in how we ourselves process information, products and culture. With this in mind for our roundtable discussion, we have invited four diverse panelists and friends, each esteemed in their respective fields.
Maks Fus Mickiewicz
As Editor at Protein, the digital agency tapping into current global trends and thinking, Maks Fus Mickiewicz explores the people and ideas shaping the future of innovation in the arts. He is interested in the ways in which the mainstream is responding to change, engaging with contemporary visual culture and the impact of the digital age. With an MA in Architectural Theory from UCL, Maks Fus Mickiewicz founded Tremors in 2012, an arts and architecture magazine that re-imagines cities. He has worked previously as an editor for both Wallpaper*, the global design publication and the fashion print magazine Re-bel.
Louby Mcloughlin is a fashion stylist, creative director and contributor to a range of publications including i-D Magazine, SHOWstudio, POP, and Nylon. With a personal style that embraces neon colours and glitter, she uses fashion to reconsider the ways in which the modern girl consumes popular culture. It is a look that McLouglin defines as ‘Britpop princess’ meets ‘Beverly Hills brat’, inspired by the 1990s, but reimagined within a culture of gaudy iPhone covers, Instagram stars and emoji. In a recent film project for SHOWstudio, McLoughlin collaborated with artist Claudia Mate to reimagine Daisy Lowe as a figure of sensual virtual imagery. Disrupting the mainstream, she reclaims sass and girliness and uses fashion to understand and respond to what digital culture says about our world today.
With a background in engineering, military surveillance and interactive digital art, Ben Alun-Jones, now the co-founder of newly launched design studio UNMADE, brings a unique approach to the adjoining worlds of fashion and technology. Launching on November 16th UNMADE uses Knyttan, a coding technology created by Alun-Jones and his partners Hal Watts and Kirsty Emery, which powers knitting machines. With UNMADE they are exploiting their research into digital manufacturing and disrupting the way that fashion is produced, digitising and democratising the manufacturing process. The technology enables anyone to design their own knitwear order, so that nothing is ever made that no one wants. With this, they are addressing the contemporary desire for unique or bespoke production but on an industrial scale, accessible for all.
Architect and new media artist Eva Papamargariti explores the endless possibilities of CGI and 3D rendered art. After completing an architecture degree at the University of Thessaly, she became particularly interested in creating 2D and 3D digital spaces to provoke different ‘concepts, narrations and atmospheres’ and has since begun a Master's Degree in Visual Communication Design, at Royal College of Art. Her work renders a kind of digital infinity, creating virtual landscapes in which there is no materiality and anything is possible. Exploring motion, destruction and distortion, her computer generated ‘scenarios’ engage the prevalence of the digital image and its role in contemporary visual culture, often taking inspiration from sources like Reddit and Instagram. Most recently she exhibited work in the group exhibition Porn to Pizza – Domestic Clichés at Berlin’s DAM Gallery, and in the exhibitionFaith Dollars, Taxfree Imagination & Uptown Bliss at Assembly Point in London.
The talk will run from 6:30 - 8pm on Friday 20th November in LCF's Fashion Space Gallery. For more information click here.