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Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Fashion and Film: A Parallax View – symposium Event

Fashion Film
14:00 - 17:00
24 January 2019
Winchester School of Art Lecture Theatre B (East Building)

For more information regarding this event, please email Professor Jussi Parikka at .

Event details

This seminar draws on expertise in film and fashions studies, cultural history, media archaeology and critical theory to investigate the ways fashion and film have been entangled, from early cinema to more recent audiovisual work. From archival research on Sonia Delaunay’s 1927 fashion film to methodologies of curating fashion film, themes of fashion and glamour in “Rome, Open City” to symbolic meanings of the bra in postcolonial India (through Satyajit Ray’s The Big City), the talks will show how various links between fashion, clothing and the moving image are excavated through historical and critical methodologies. Hence, to investigate the parallax view, to cite Thomas Elsaesser’s idea, means, in this context, not only to read the periods of early cinema and contemporary fashion film in parallel but also to consider the parallax methodologies of fashion studies and film. This also raises the question what fashion studies can offer media archaeology of cinema, and vice versa. The event will be opened and introduced by professor Jussi Parikka and feature the following talks and discussion: Caroline Evans (CSM) Turning Bodies, Turning Tables Louis Bayman (Southampton) and Lipi Begum (Southampton): From Made in Italy to New India: Fashion, neorealism and 20th century nationhood Lucy Moyse Ferreira (CSM): Forgotten Fashion in the Film Archive: Sonia Delaunay’s c.1927 Film Debut Marketa Uhlirova (CSM): Fashion Film: An Archaeology of Looking The event is supported by the Archaeology of the Fashion Film project (AHRC funded collaboration between Winchester School of Art and Central St. Martins) and University of Southampton. Open and free entrance. More information: Professor Jussi Parikka, The Archaeology of Fashion Film project:

Speaker information

Jussi Parikka,Jussi Parikka is Professor at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton), Docent of Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku, and Co-investigator on the Archaeology of Fashion Film project. His books include the media ecology-trilogy Digital Contagions (2007, 2nd. ed 2016), Insect Media (2010) and most recently, A Geology of Media (2015), which addresses the environmental contexts of technical media culture. This topic was continued in the short booklet A Slow, Contemporary Violence: Damaged Environments of Technological Culture (2016). In addition, Parikka has published such books as What is Media Archaeology (2012) and edited various books, recently Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. He is also the co-editor of Across and Beyond: – A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions (Sternberg Press, 2016, co-edited with Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing and Elvia Wilk). .

Caroline Evans,Central St Martins,Caroline Evans is Principal Investigator on the Archaeology of Fashion Film project. She is Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins, and has published seven books and over 40 scholarly articles in the field, including Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness (2003, 2007) and The Mechanical Smile: Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America, 1900-1929 (2013). Caroline has lectured widely at international design schools and universities, has acted as specialist consultant on fashion exhibitions at international museums, and sits on the editorial and advisory boards of several journals including Fashion Theory.

Louis Bayman ,Dr. Louis Bayman is a Lecturer in the Department of Film Studies, University of Southampton. He has published on various aspects of Italian cinema, including the monograph The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film, and the edited collection Popular Italian Cinema. His interests are in film as a social phenomenon, and in understanding film aesthetics in relation to popular culture.

Lipi Begum,Lipi Begum, PhD, is Senior Lecturer of MA Fashion Management and Postgraduate Options Leader at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She is co-editor of the book Styling South Asian Youth Cultures: Fashion Media and Society (2018) and her work on fashion focuses on sustainability, gender, power, media marketing, South Asia and its diaspora. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and currently Open Space editor for the International Journal of Fashion Studies (Intellect UK).

Lucy Moyse Ferreira,Central St Martins,Lucy Moyse Ferreira is Post-doctoral Research Assistant on the Archaeology of Fashion Film project. She completed her PhD and MA in History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and BA in History of Art at the University of Cambridge. In addition to fashion film, her recent research has been on fashion and violence, on which she has produced a documentary and is currently preparing a book (Bloomsbury). She has also published, presented and contributed to media projects on several aspects of fashion design and history, including the co-edited book, Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Prophetic: Beyond the Boundaries of Beauty (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2016).

Marketa Uhlirova,Central St Martins,Marketa Uhlirova is Co-investigator on the Archaeology of Fashion Film project. She is a Senior Research Fellow in Fashion History and Theory and Director of the Fashion in Film Festival at Central Saint Martins, which explores the common ground between the worlds of fashion, cinema and art. Her film programmes have been hosted by arts venues internationally. She has edited several Fashion in Film's publications, including Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (2013), and Marcel L'Herbier: Dossier (2014, with Caroline Evans), and her articles (incl. several on fashion film) have appeared in publications including Aperture, Fashion Media: Past and Present, AnOther and Fashion Theory.

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