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Saturday 15 September, 3-9pm
Grounded in reality, ‘Who Are The Savs?’ is a speculative anachronistic narrative based on possible unforeseen outcomes of reaching the Sustainable Fashion Goals, in conjunction with the political landscape post Brexit, around borders and trade, the unsustainable stockpiling of waste and landfill and the UK’s expanding social crisis. It explores how government could exploit a movement to solve social issues, sway public opinion and birth a new underclass – who are enlisted to do a new type of ‘dirty work’ in a regression of human rights in contrast to the progress made in the developing world.
Alex Noble explored this narrative using a film and sound installation, collaging historical, current and newly created footage and sound to paint the landscape based on our current climate and a dystopian future that reflect aspects of our history and present day.
The installation touches on how communities in challenged and adverse conditions adopt new forms of self identification and appropriation, form subcultures, currency and resist their situation, harnessing their own power, visually and politically.
The trailer for the film can be seen here.
‘Who are the SAVS?’ is part of Arcade East’s summer programme, which focused on Sustainability and Innovation. Ranging from A Toolkit for the Future, a day of speculative design workshops in collaboration with the V&A’s The Future Starts Here exhibition programme, to a series of events during the London Design Festival in September including OPEN SESAME, an installation by 2017 Fashion Space Gallery Design resident Charlotte Maeva Perret, it focused on challenging notions around design processes and the workings of the fashion system.
Alex Noble has worked as a fashion designer and practicing artist for the last 12 years and is a London College of Fashion alumni. Alongside designing outfits for celebrated pop stars, Alex spent the last five years also focussing on tackling the negative impacts caused by the garment and textile Industry. Which has seen him collaborate with Traid, Fashion Revolution, The Rainbow Collective and found the EMG Initiative, creating numerous collections using waste materials to campaign for equal human rights in the fashion industry.