Art, design and magic : the process of composing a sartorial score conference : costume symposium, Arts Institute, Bournemouth

MacLaurin, Alison (2006) Art, design and magic : the process of composing a sartorial score conference : costume symposium, Arts Institute, Bournemouth. In: Costume Symposium 2006, 19th - 20th July 2006, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth .

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The research project from which this article originated was funded through an AHRC small grant to Yvon Bonenfant with Ali Maclaurin as named collaborator/designer. The project was a conscious ‘next step’ in the collaborative work of the two individuals involved and aimed to develop further the costume’s role in performance creation beyond that of the wigs in ‘Acoustic-electric’. It challenged the received order by allowing the costume designer to begin the compositional process, by composing a costume as a score, through which the performer could create a new piece of work. Maclaurin’s research, undertaken independently of the AHRB project, began with the context in which a costume designer creates work, her creative process, and the relationship with her collaborator. As the context changed,the designer/researcher became an observer of the ‘empty’ costume as it left the designer, of the embodied costume as the performer worked with it and lastly of the dramatically imagined costume as the audience engaged with it. Analysis of the piece served to deepen understanding and knowledge in response to the research question particularly in terms of how the final piece related to the artistic decisions made in the initial studio phase. The experimental showing of the work created, ‘His Hearing Aid’ was performed in June 2006 and the written paper was delivered at the conference, ‘Research in Costume and Performance’ at Bournemouth Arts Institute July 2006. This conference is an annual one, developed by a group of researchers who are consciously developing research into and through costume. It was invited for publication in the Proceedings of the Conference to be published in June 2007.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2008 15:35
Last Modified: 12 May 2011 09:30


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