Thesis Title: Speed jeans. Ideas of Making
Speed jeans is an exploration of the body as an expressive entity of live experiences and the habitus of integrated past experiences (Bourdieu 1977:83). Equally, Speed jeans is an investigation of things as they engage with the body; a body which intertwines practical, perceptual, emotive and sensory engagements; a body that knows, feels, understands and interprets. A body that knows differently when engaged as or with an instrument. The space between the body as a technology and the body as a site of experience with things, cultural expressions, is where this research sits with respect to ideas and theories of making and producing. Things or expressions, be they material or immaterial, receive, translate and transmit messages and clues of an existing reality yet are inclusive of their history; our history and of their future: our future. Cultural expressions derived from ideas of making within this research are in a balance between an undetermined continuity and a determined prescribed one, and between the incidental and the ephemeral. Things in this research specifically refer to products, but not just any things of production, but those of design.
The world is experienced through our body and it is a sensual, sensory and emotive experience. The relationship of body, gesture and artefact is a process of intimate interaction and not just ‘action on the material world’. They are actions that are thought about and felt. Moreover, gestures are not necessarily about what a person is doing with their body but rather how that action comes to be understood by others. Gestural techniques are wholly social and communicative, even when that communication is unintended. Can research understand more provocatively our relationship to artefacts through responsive, animated, and embodied sensory engagements? Ones in a participatory conversation between a person and a thing to manifest new forms and expressions of cultural continuity in designs of new technologies?
Bourdieu, Pierre. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 1977.