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Costume matter. Exploring microorganisms, fungi and berries as biobased material in contemporary costume design.

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Pantouvaki, Sofia
dc.contributor.advisor Kääriäinen, Pirjo
dc.contributor.author Fossheim, Ingvill
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-08T16:07:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-08T16:07:19Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/41446
dc.description.abstract Costume materiality has emerged as a current focus in costume theory and practice, as is the significance of costume material and costume as material with agency. Biobased material development is a rapidly evolving research landscape in a variety of fields, as well as a timely topic given the current global considerations of the impact of human activity on the environment. Material knowledge is a fundamental part of a costume designer´s practice, yet how biobased materials can be explored and understood as medium for subjective creative expression through contemporary costume design is currently understudied. This thesis is a personal exploration and reflection on working with selected species of fungi, algae, berries and microbes as medium in costume design. This thesis aims to present biobased materials as viable material alternatives in contemporary costume design, and to explore how selected such materials may be assimilated into the complex processes of costume design and collaborative performance making. This thesis consists of an artistic exploration with biobased materials in the context of costume design, through three specific contemporary dance productions, and a written study reflecting on this practice. The artistic component is located within my own work as costume designer on the dance production a life - nomadic melodrama (2017), which, together with the productions Posthuman (2016) and Posthuman days (2018) inform the thesis. These three contemporary dance works are connected through using specific new materialist philosophy as theoretical starting points for the collective performance making process, and through my approach as costume designer exploring a biobased costume materiality as a conceptual response to this theory. I apply a multi-method research approach to this practice-based thesis In this written reflection and analysis of the works I attempt to trace a narrative of my personal artistic process of engaging with biobased materials in relation to costume design, and how this material approach has affected my understanding of costume materiality in the context of live contemporary dance performance. My costume material approach is a continuous enquiry that develops from one production to the next one, and in this written thesis I trace, analyse and reflect on this process. This thesis suggests that biobased materials can not only be viable as material alternatives in costume practices, but also have the potential to generate interesting aesthetic and performative qualities to the materiality of a live performance when embedded into the shared process of performance making. en
dc.format.extent 81
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Costume matter. Exploring microorganisms, fungi and berries as biobased material in contemporary costume design. en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.subject.keyword costume design en
dc.subject.keyword costume materiality en
dc.subject.keyword biobased material en
dc.subject.keyword costume thinking en
dc.subject.keyword contemporary dance en
dc.subject.keyword performance making en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201912086405
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Pantouvaki, Sofia
dc.programme fi

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