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Wordings - The Language of Fashion Heritage

Online > 12. - 13.12.2022

In cultural heritage, words matter. We use them to identify artefacts and the techniques and people they represent; to describe artefacts and their meaning; to reactivate stories, re-evaluate power structures, signal moments of disruption and change. Words are tools to catalogue objects when they enter museum, brand and private collections, and vehicles to deliver ideas and instances embodied by objects to wide and diverse audiences.
Issues regarding language and terminology are at the forefront of today’s political and social debates, in the public arena as well as in museums and archives. This is true in relation to collections of costume, clothing, and accessories, due to fashion’s ability to both establish norms and challenge
stereotypes. However, not always fashion objects are contextualised, and their story is hardly told in full by catalogue entries and metadata.
In the last few years, it has become increasingly important for cultural institutions to address biases intrinsic to old cataloguing and other museological practices. Multiple debates have emerged to rethink objects’ institutional definitions and propose new vocabularies to the public. Museums, foundations, and other cultural institutions have started to actively engage with communities
and scholars to update biased methods of acquisition and set new standards in cataloguing practices.
The goal is to produce more inclusive interpretation to rethink ‘against-the-grain’ permanent collections, as well as employ more complex narratives in temporary physical and digital displays of heritage. The reconsideration of terminology and establishment of revised thesauri is leading to
a more thorough understanding of objects and their cultural as well as natural value, in order to find new ways of shaping narratives and telling stories.
'Wordings' wants to look at words – their social value, the complexities connected to their changing meaning and their historical and cultural context, and their ‘life’ as curatorial tools – in museological practices.

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European Fashion Heritage Association


Earth, Water, Air and Fire: The Four Elements of Fashion

Venedig (I) > 16.–17.03.2023

International Fashion Conference: Earth, Water, Air and Fire: The Four Elements of Fashion.

Convenors: Anneke Smelik (Radboud University of Nijmegen), Alessandra Vaccari (Università Iuav di Venezia).

Sun, air, water and soil are in most of the clothes we wear. In the era of ecological crisis, this international conference aims to investigate the new paradigms of fashion cultures through the four archetypal elements of matter. By doing so, it shifts the attention towards the material and sensory aspects of fashion, features that have been largely neglected by fashion studies over the past forty years. This approach fits in the current debate on the ‘material turn’ inspired by de-centering the human and re-centering matter and the materiality of things, objects, technologies, and bodies (Latour, 2007; Rocamora and Smelik, 2016; Lehmann, 2019; Smelik 2021). The conference proposes to analyse this ontological shift through the redefinition of the substance of fashion and its history. In Western and non-Western cultures matter is conceived as a coexistence of multiple elements following a tradition that includes, among others, the cosmological treatise of Aristotle, the Hinduist and Buddhist meditations on the ‘primary material elements’ (mahabhutas), and Jābir ibn Hayyān’s alchemy.

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Coated Fabrics Collection Care

Antwerpen (BE) > 25.-26.05.2023
CfP Deadline: 15.11.2022

MoMu is proud to host the ‘Coated Fabrics Collection Care’ Symposium on Thursday May 25 and Friday May 26, 2023 in Antwerp, Belgium. The deadline for call for papers is November 15, 2022. This symposium will present the results of Glossy Surfaces, a 3-year international Flemish government funded research project. The title Glossy Surfaces refers to the shiny effect resulting from a coating applied on clothing, most commonly thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The project, composed by an international consortium of museums – ModeMuseum Antwerpen (MoMu, Belgium), Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE, Portugal) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET, USA) – as well as scientific partners – Department of Conservation and Restoration from NOVA School of Science and Technology (Portugal) and Centexbel (Belgium) - sought conservation solutions for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coatings in fashion collections.
The first day of the symposium will focus on the results of the project, research done by the partners in the project, case studies from other museums and panel discussions. The second day will be more practical, with presentations on conservation treatments and several workshops on the conservation of TPU which the participants can attend.

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Veranstalter/ Ort
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerpen


Storytelling/ Transdisziplinär

Münster (D) > 22. - 24.06.2023

Storytelling/Transdisziplinär: Gegenwärtige Erzählstrategien und -formate zwischen Design, Kunst, Medienkultur und ästhetischer Tradition.

Der für das Symposium zu Grunde gelegte Begriff des »Storytellings« soll bewusst weit und offen verstanden werden, wobei hier konkrete Erzählungen, Erzähl- und Mitteilungsweisen oder abstrakte Null-Erzählungen ebenso Berücksichtigung finden, wie die möglichen Ausprägungen innerhalb von sensorischen Narrativen: Zu nennen wären bspw. haptische Narrative, wie die Papierwahrnehmung eines Comics, die Qualität von Stoffen für hochwertige Kleidung oder die Steuerung und Interaktion bei einem Computer Game. Visuelle Narrative aus Illustration, Informations- oder Computergrafik, Fotografien, Druckerzeugnisse, Bewegtbilder, immersive Bilder, Typografie, Farbsignifikationen oder Szenische Theater-Atmosphären. Auditive Narrative als Sprachliche Erzählungen, Dialoge, Sound Design, Soundscapes, Leitmotive, Filmmusik und Bildtöne, Hörspiele, individuelle Stimmcharakteristiken, Soziolekte, Phonosphären. Olfaktorische Narrative wie Parfüm als Statussymbol oder duftende Naturwerkstoffe als Nachhaltigkeitsnarrative. Gustatorische Narrative als landestypische Gerichte im Urlaub, Confiserie oder Geschmacksempfindungen als Belohnungen. Propriozeptive Narrative im Kontext von Körperbewegungen in einer VR-Anwendung oder Schreckeffekten während eines Horrorfilms im Kino. Viszerozeptive Narrative im Modus des leiblichen Spürens von Höhe in einer Flugsimulation, das Empfinden von Arachnophobie im Kontext einer therapeutischen VR-Anwendung oder beschleunigte Montage und Blickirritationen im Action-Kino. Ebenfalls zählen thermozeptive Narrative dazu, wie beschleunigter Herzschlag und erhöhte Körpertemperatur bei einem Life Action Role Play oder sportliche Erschöpfung als Leistungsnarrativ oder auch nozizeptive Narrative, wie z.B. Schmerzen in der Hand durch übersteigerte Messanger-Nutzung, die Steuerung von interaktiven Medien oder das Gewicht eines schweren Buches in den Händen nach langer Lesezeit.

MSD – Münster School of Design
Leonardo-Campus 6
48163, Münster

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