Costume as kin-making material

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This presentation aims to discuss and unfold costume strategies that build on ecofeminist Donna Haraway’s notion of ‘making kin’. As an artistic researcher, I advocate that awakening artistic curiosity and openness towards materialities is cultivated through co-creative practices of thinking-with ‘a host of companions in sympoietic’ (Haraway 2016: 31). Haraway argues that kinship is not a given but requires attention, perseverance, and care among humans (performers or wearers) and non-humans (costume understood as crafted vibrant matter). Kin-making is “becoming” together – a process where human bodies and more-than human materialities are equally valuable. In the context of costume, ‘making kin’ suggests a relational-sensible process that requires that humans are willing to listen to and be affected by the crafted vibrant materialities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023
EventCROCUS meeting: materialitet - Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden
Duration: 2023 Mar 172023 Mar 17


SeminarCROCUS meeting
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Free keywords

  • costume thinking
  • material thinking
  • material agency
  • kin-making


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