A hypnotic dance film exploring how we expand our relationship with nature.
Student Experimental Film 4 minutes
Screenings and Awards:
London College of Fashion Grad Showcase - Truman Brewery, London, UK (2023)
Earth Day Exhibition UAL Climate Emergency Network - Lethaby Gallery, London, UK (2023)
Creative Climate Awards - Taipei Economic & Culture Office - New York City, USA (2023) -- Audience Award
Duemila30 Film Festival - Milan, IT (2023)
Deauville Green Awards - Deauville, FR (2023)
Good Natured Conservation Film Festival - Natural History Museum Oxford, UK (2023)
FASHIONCLASH Film Festival - Centre Céramique, Maastricht, NL (2023),
Sans Souci Dance Festival - Colorado, UK (2023)
Wimbledon International Short Film Festival - Wimbledon, UK (2023) -- Best Young Director Award
First-time Filmmakers Sessions - Lift-Off Global Network
Art Speak Out, ikonoTV - Dubai Airport & COP28 - Dubai, UAE (2023)
The goal of the film is to expand our understanding of sustainable fashion beyond consumption and consumerism. At first, the confined movement of the dancers unveils the deeply rooted-belief systems that have played a role in today’s ecological crisis: namely the idea that humans are understood as superior and separate from nature. Slowly however, as the dancers become entangled in their surroundings and one another, the tone shifts and offers an optimistic way forward. In our search for transitions, the film asks: how can fashion be a means to collectively reimagine our position in nature.
This film is part of my dissertation for the course MA Fashion Futures, exploring how fashion can bridge the gap between nature and humans. Using an ontological lens, my research explored how design can unveil deeply embedded beliefs we have of nature. Inspired by post-human anthropology, indigenous linguistics, and environmental feminism, in the written portion of my dissertation, I proposed different pathways to equip that industry to look at nature as a co-creator, rather than a mere resource.
In order to reimagine the future of fashion, I created a framework that can map the degree to which a design practice understands nature as animate and relational. Some questions I posed: In a sustainable world, what can the choreography between the human, nature, and machine look like? How can design engage with the senses to showcase the more-than-human world? What do practices of reciprocity look like? The hope is not simply to theorize such changes in the industry but provide a toolkit for designers to begin making those changes today.