Eyes Wide Open
AQR's Eyes Wide Open evening conference 7 June 2018. Hear from a line-up of 5 great speakers including Caryn Franklin MBE
Human packaging: what do we reveal about our times and our culture by the way we present ourselves?
The evening is designed to appeal to commentators, anthropologists, marketers, designers, planners, creatives and of course, researchers.
We want to set ourselves the challenge of thinking beyond the vagaries of fashion trends and discover a more profound language for the story of our times. If the way we present ourselves is about projecting and reflecting an image, hiding and exposing a belief, driving a movement through a uniform what does this mean for us?
Caryn Franklin, MBE is a former Fashion Editor and Co-editor of i-D Magazine, a prime-time TV Presenter and Broadcaster, now Fashion Commentator and Activist. Projects have involved international design names and everyday users of fashion as well as refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental health experts, MPs and Government. She has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and websites, produced 4 books, authored many TV shows and documentaries on fashion as well as co-created groundbreaking campaigns such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and multi-award winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. Caryn has an MSc in applied psychology and is a visiting lecturer as well as Professor of Diversity at Kingston School of Art.
Caryn will talk to us about:
Fashion as a communicator of idealised selves
We see between 2000 and 5000 images a week containing information about possible and idealised selves. Studies show that objectifying imagery of bodies (often seen in fashion imagery) has negative impacts upon self esteem and can enforce gender stereotypes. A simple disruption for all image makers to investigate, could be found through an introduction to the psychology of selfhood.
Daniel Meadows is a photographer, writer, documentarist and pioneer of participatory media. Daniel taught photojournalism workshops for the Reuters Foundation, The British Council and others. He has travelled widely (s a photographer, writer, documentarist and pioneer of participatory media. Daniel taught photojournalism workshops for the Reuters Foundation, The British Council and others. He has travelled widely (mostly in Australia and the USA) lecturing about new work participatory media. As mostly in Australia and the USA) lecturing about new work participatory media. As well as freelance movie and TV work with film directors from Tony Palmer to Ken Russell, he has spoken on and worked with many media organisations, including Granada and the BBC.
Nikki Lavoie Director, MindSpark Research International, France and Simon Shaw Director, Trinity McQueen will explore how gender and human packaging intertwine, discussing how people use clothes consciously and unconsciously to explore their identities. They will be looking at how employment and politics are continuing to shape the dance these two constructs are engaging in.
Dr. Nick Gadsby is the founder of The Answer.
Nick will talk to us about:
Inside out The relationship between the inside and the outside, the private and the public human will be explored by Nick, who describes his business, The Answer, as a cultural value agency. Nick will talk about the impact of social media on how we all present ourselves today. He will then host a Q and A session.
7 June 2018
6.00pm to 9.30pm
Mary Ward House
5-7 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SN
Map of location:
StreetMap of WC1H 9SN
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