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Design for Performance Hub

"Metakimosphere no. 2” by DAP-Lab with dancers Miri Lee (standing) wearing BeakHand, Vanessa Michielon and Azzie McCutcheon (foreground) @ Medialab Prado (during Metatopia International Metabody Forum) Madrid, Spain, July 2015.Choreosonic wearables and artistic direction by Michèle Danjoux, PhD Student "Design-in-Motion: Wearables in Performance." Image © 2015 Michèle Danjoux.

This hub includes and invites participation and presentations from colleagues across the University and is based at London College of Fashion.

The Hub provides a space for presentation, reflection and dissemination of research around costume, scenography and performance. Our focus is on the agency of design in the collaborative process inherent to performance-making, on the embodiment of culture through design for performance – be it contemporary or historical – and on the exposition of new curatorial, societal and technological perspectives.

We analyse performance, both mediated and live, through design, considering the engagement with the material, dressed body of the performer as key to the spectating experience.  We bring to the fore practitioners and scholars who have broken new ground in their respective fields of expertise. These have included experimental designers, choreographers and directors, whose work has explored new methods of performance-making through costume and scenography.

Equally, the hub has foregrounded innovators in design realisation, authors changing the way design for performance is perceived through their writing and curatorial practices that have re-presented costume and scenography in a new light. The hub also disseminates the experimental application of workshop-based methodologies, originally devised for performers, to the design process, in order to support the work of design-led performance making.

Group members

PhD Students

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Recent activities and outputs

  • ‘Farid Chenoune in Conversation with Pamela Church Gibson’, 29 June 2016
  • ‘A talk by Dr Felice McDowell: “Fact, fiction, fashion and life: Writing industry, education, advice and the self”’, 4 November 2015
  • ‘A talk by Prof Dominic Janes: “Visual Culture and 'the spectacle of the closet”’, 3 June 2015
  • ‘A talk by Dr Shaun Cole: “Do we still don our gay apparel?”’, 12 November 2014
  • ‘Fashion and Politics: 2nd Research Hubs Conference (in collaboration with the Fashion Media & Imagery Hub)’, 4 June 2014
  • ‘A talk by Zmicier Kachanski: “The Politics of Drag performance in Eastern Europe”’, 22 January 2014
  • ‘A talk by Dr M. Angela Jansen: “Moroccan Fashion: A collection, exhibition and publication”’, 30 October 2013
  • ‘A talk by Dr Tony Sullivan: “Marx: fashion and capitalism”’, 19 June 2013

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