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Gunn, Maja
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Gunn, M. (2016). Body acts queer: Clothing as a performative challenge to heteronormativity. (Doctoral dissertation). Högskolan i Borås
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This artistic, practice-based thesis has been developed based on the idea that design creates social and ideological change. From this perspective, Body Acts Queer — Clothing as a performative challenge to heteronormativity introduces an artistic way of working with and exploring the performative and ideological functions of clothing with regard to gender, feminism, and queer. The thesis presents this program for experimental fashion design—exemplified through a series of artistic projects—while also discussing the foundations of such an approach and the different perspectives that have affected the program and its artistic examples. Working with clothing and fashion design through artistic projects using text and bodies, this thesis transforms queer and feminist theory into a creative process and, by looking into bodily experiences of clothing, Body Acts Queer investigates its performative and ideological functions, with a focus on cultural, social, and heteronormative structures. Body Acts Queer suggests a change in the ways in which bodies act, are perceived, and are produced within the fashion field, giving examples of—and alternatives to—how queer design practice can be performed. In this thesis, queer design is explored as an inclusive term, containing ideas about clothing and language, the meeting point between fiction and reality, and the ability to perform interpretation and bodily transformations—where pleasure, bodily experiences, and interaction create a change. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Borås, 2016
Series
University of Borås studies in artistic research ; 18
Keywords
Artistic research, design, fashion, ideology, performativity, pleasure, power, queer.
National Category
Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-9835 (URN)978-91-88269-16-4 (ISBN)978-91-88269-17-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-06-21, The Swedish School of Textiles, room Vestindien C, Skaraborgsvägen 3, Borås, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Available from: 2016-05-20 Created: 2016-05-04 Last updated: 2017-05-02
Gunn, M. (2015). Body Acts Queer. (Licentiate dissertation). Borås: Högskolan i Borås
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2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Body Acts Queer is an exploration of the performative and ideological functions of clothes with regard to gender, feminism and queer. It is an artistic, practice-based thesis in the field of fashion and design. The thesis includes three projects: On & Off, If you were a girl I would love you even more and The Club Scene. In these projects I, using text and bodies, work with acts in which clothes have a fundamental role. By exploring bodily experiences of clothes, I investigate the clothes’ performative and ideological functions, with a focus on cultural, social and heteronormative structures.

Working with clothing and fashion design from a queer feminist perspective, I transform queer and feminist theory into a creative process. The projects presented in this thesis, together with the discussion, suggest a change in the ways in which bodies act, are perceived and are produced within the fashion field, giving examples of how a queer design practice can be performed. In this thesis, queer design is explored as an inclusive term, containing ideas about clothes and language, the meeting point between fiction and reality and the ability to interpretation and bodily transformations – where desire, bodily experiences and interaction create a change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2015
Series
University of Borås studies in artistic research ; 14
Keywords
Body, Clothes, Design, Desire, Direction, Fashion, Feminism, Gaze, Gender, Ideology, Other, Perception, Performance, Performative, Performativity, Power, Research, Sexuality, Text, Queer, Writing.
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-123 (URN)978-91-87525-59-9 (ISBN)978-91-87525-60-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-04 Created: 2015-05-27 Last updated: 2016-08-02Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. & Annika, E. (2015). Exclude Me In – Redressing Space through a Carnivalesque Act. In: : . Paper presented at IFFTI.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exclude Me In – Redressing Space through a Carnivalesque Act
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Arts
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8635 (URN)
Conference
IFFTI
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. (2015). On & Off – The Designer as a Writer. In: : . Paper presented at IFFTI Conference. Florence
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2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Florence: , 2015
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8634 (URN)
Conference
IFFTI Conference
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. (2015). Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward. Stockholm: Liljevalchs
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2015 (English)Other (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Liljevalchs, 2015
National Category
Arts Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8638 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. (2015). Utopian Bodies: Gender. Stockholm
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2015 (English)Other, Exhibition catalogue (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: , 2015
National Category
Arts Design
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8637 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2018-04-28Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. (2014). Acting Gender, Identity and Sucecess: Clothing as Performative Expression. In: Helena Hertov (Ed.), Staged Fashion - Designed Identities: . Falkenbergs Museum
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2014 (English)In: Staged Fashion - Designed Identities / [ed] Helena Hertov, Falkenbergs Museum , 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falkenbergs Museum, 2014
Keywords
Clothing and Fashion, Music, Identity, Gender, Design
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5236 (URN)2320/14531 (Local ID)978-91-971127-1-0 (ISBN)2320/14531 (Archive number)2320/14531 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. & Enqvist, A. (2014). Exclude Me In: Queer, Bakhtin and the Carnivalesque. In: : . Paper presented at Bakhtin as Praxis: Academic Production, Artistic Practice, Political Activism Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden 23-27 July, 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exclude Me In: Queer, Bakhtin and the Carnivalesque
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Keywords
Carnival, Bakhtin, Queer, Archive, Architecture, Costume Design, Clothing and Fashion, Design
National Category
Other Humanities
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7290 (URN)2320/14542 (Local ID)2320/14542 (Archive number)2320/14542 (OAI)
Conference
Bakhtin as Praxis: Academic Production, Artistic Practice, Political Activism Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden 23-27 July, 2014
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. (2014). Writing Queer, Gender & Design. In: : . Paper presented at Excitable Writing Conference - Trans_forming_Academia_Art_Activism, 8-10December, 2014, Linköping University.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Writing Queer, Gender & Design
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Keywords
Gender, Writing-reading practice, Design, Design
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7291 (URN)2320/14543 (Local ID)2320/14543 (Archive number)2320/14543 (OAI)
Conference
Excitable Writing Conference - Trans_forming_Academia_Art_Activism, 8-10December, 2014, Linköping University
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
Gunn, M. (2013). Exclude Me In.
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2013 (English)Other (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Queerkarneval i samarbete med MYCKET och New Beauty Council. Del av Göteborgs International Biennal for Contemporary Art GIBCA

Performance på offentlig plats i Göteborgs stad (Esperantoplatsen till klubben Nefertiti). Utställning på Göteborgs Konsthall.

Keywords
Karneval, queer, historia, Design, kläder
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (Design)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5372 (URN)2320/13297 (Local ID)2320/13297 (Archive number)2320/13297 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2018-01-08Bibliographically approved
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