- What fashion can do.
Our team is rooted in fashion design, but their dedication reaches much further. The six members explore the domains of programming, performance artistry, identity design and cultural valuation. The array of talents combined result in a collective attitude of smart modesty: start by thinking small for a complex global issue. In this case we like to begin with personal affliction.
The task is uncommon as a design-challenge. Do we need design when we’re neck-deep in water? Our team is hesitant with a quick answer and feels a disconnection between the scale of the threat and what we can actually do as a design taskforce. First we ‘test the water’ and consider what research question is realistic and whether the issue should be approached from a map and the physical impact or from the human perspective and the impact on the community.
Financial consequences of a nationwide flooding are immeasurable. Will the Netherlands go bankrupt Will there still be a country, because it isn’t an isolated Dutch scenario? Borders will change. Therefor a rescue operation should not be for a map, but for any map.
Societal consequences of mass migration are immense. Will there be an uproar of cultural nationalism within a nation when all of Amsterdam moves to Maastricht? Can fashion be a strategy for coding of communities to delegate conflict? Will this strategy also do justice to the trauma of leaving hearth and home? Will even a shitty ‘I-am-sterdam-T-shirt’ become a relic? On a personal level fashion can be a container to conserve the culturele of immigrants, their heritage, their identity.
“If you are being evacuated, you’re assigned to a place. I never planned to live in Maastricht.”
The decision to exclude engineering and financial dilemma’s and focus on what fashion can do: be humaan. Taskforce M will research the shift of values of a civilian in a state of migration.
What would you bring if you had to choose? What is important to you? What can I carry and how will I make a home in a new place?
photo's: Laurens Bouvrie, Peter Stigter, Mitch van Schijndel