Bloomers: Southern hemisphere style

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photo (2)I made this pair of 1896 cycling bloomers pretty much the night before I flew to Sydney for the RMIT event. Given the change in weather, I tried to use slightly lighter material than the pair I made in the first Bloomer Making Workshop. The choice of footwear possibly also gives away my locale.

I didn’t get around to finishing the button holes, so I had to adopt a ‘research-in-progress’ aesthetic – ie. with pins in the cuffs and waistband. Still, this kind of worked (I thought) in terms of what I was talking about.

I was invited by Larissa Hjorth to speak in the afternoon session’ Discussion of inventive, interdisciplinary and speculative method’ about ‘Emergent media methods and transmission’.

I used the opportunity to talk about my project, its theoretical and methodological framework and more specifically about what this project promised for generating ideas about knowledge transmission. Making and wearing Victorian cycling bloomers and focusing specifically on constructing garments from late C19th patents offers new ways of getting inside a research project in new ways. Literally wearing, moving and embodying these garments offer new ways of thinking about invention, women’s bodies, technology and mobility.

More about Larissa’s project:

Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational Locative Media Practices in Tokyo, Melbourne and Shanghai

Mobile devices play an increasingly important role in the economic, cultural and social lives of Australians, as they do the lives of what are now billions of users worldwide. The locative capacities of these devices are now widely exploited in applications (i.e. Facebook Places) that can provide users information about their surrounds and provide others information about where the user is located. These practices have implications for privacy and surveillance across public and private, local and regional contexts. ‘Locating the Mobile’ provides the first cross-cultural and intergenerational study of this phenomenon in three key sites (Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne). This project is a partnership between Larissa Hjorth (RMIT), Heather Horst (RMIT), Sarah Pink (RMIT), Genevieve Bell (Intel), Baohua Zhao (Fudan University) and Fumitoshi Kato (Keio University).

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