Articles
April 8 2016
Dressing and undressing bodies. Phenomenologies of appearance.

The exhibition "Dressing/undressing bodies. Phenomenologies of appearance" places the focus of interest in this complex web of relationships that manifest themselves in the public arena, defined by Hannah Arendt as ’space of appearance political space par excellence in so far as it gives visibility to humanes relations mediated by the radical and non-transferable presence of the body of each.

 

 

 

Every day, without fail, we dressed and undressed. From a strictly functional point of view, we might think that the fact raiment body is a purely instrumental act. In this sense, dress is a basic technology in our lives, closely related to processes of production and consumption activities have become central to the system in which we live. Unquestionably, fashion is today one of the great engines that support the market economy. But this approach overshadows other perspectives, such as the fact that the fashion world has built a universe of trends and formes very diverse, and that this plurality has to do both with economic and technological factors as the symbolic uses clothing, directly related to the complex processes of construction of forms of individual and collective identity.

 

 

Article written by Dr. Maia Creus, curator of the exhibition, professor and member of the Communication Unit Multimedia and Interactivity ESDi (University Department of Theory and Design Development.