Wearable Resistance

at Museum of London |

Radical political decisions and technological advances have been affecting people around the globe on a massive scale over the past decade. Security, both national and individual, is often deployed as a key argument to justify the use of evermore dense control systems, promising to protect citizens from crime. Frequently, these systems target the citizens themselves by tracking and analysing their actions for future reference, incentivising good behaviour.

In light of this climate, we see a number of creative practitioners that use garments to highlight the problematic nature of these tendencies. Deeply politically and socially minded, their projects, collections and artefacts are responding to technology mixed with executive power, to marginalisation and decreased citizens rights. Their aim is to educate as much as to provoke. Wearable Resistance put clothes into this critical context: as the interface between the individual’s safety and third party interest allowing for a different perspective on how we usually see fashion enacted.

The programme consisted of  a provocation by artist and musician Gaika based around his chilling fictional essay titled The Spectacular Empire’ describing a series of political events starting with civil unrest in 2018, a panel discussion addressing issues around how clothes can function in an age of pervasive surveillance, strategies to protect future urban identities and sartorial responses that tread the fine line between safety and trust including Gaika, Adam Thorpe of Vexed Generation and  Alexa Pollmann of Peut-Porter and  a performance and interactive experience Wear & Seek by design collective Peut-Porter.