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To celebrate the launch of Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, London-based design collective Peut-Porter presented Wear & Seek – Camouflage for a Virtual Landscape, a collection of garments that reveals its complete aesthetic spectrum only when perceived with the help of machine-vision. With this performance-based installation, Peut-Porter presented a designerly response to enhanced vision systems and investigate the impact and potentials for aesthetic usage of those technologies. Visitors were invited to immerse themselves by wearing specially designed outfits and headpieces to become part of the performance.
Formed of Alexa Pollmann, Bine Roth and Kat Thiel, the design platform Peut-Porter shapes its own category; interrogating and imagining all that is ‘worn’ in its widest sense. By putting the body in context they explore the space of the may be and may come – the ‘peut-être’ in French. Inherently future facing, Peut-Porter create artefacts that investigate body politics and social change through the lens of fashion by crafting characters, narratives and experiences with and for the human body.
The project was commissioned by Arcade East and supported by Ravensbourne College Research Department and DoubleMe. Wear & Seek was developed in collaboration with dance artist Lucy Suggate and will be activated by Julie Cunningham, Hannah Burfield and Hanneke Klaver. Music by Paul Steinmann
Arcade East was developed to host a themed season of events and installations with a focus on digital practice and innovation each summer as part of a new LCF Arts Programme. Most projects are developed in conjunction with a new interdisciplinary space, the Digital Learning Lab, which operates at the intersection between traditional and digital practice for design, making and ideation. This summer’s programme focuses on design, technology and performance and this event marks the beginning of a launch series of experimental projects.
Arcade East Launch was part of London Design Festival 2017.