Fashion as aerial : transmitting and receiving cyborg culture

Swift, Adam Glen (2005) Fashion as aerial : transmitting and receiving cyborg culture. Textile : The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 3(1), pp. 100-116.

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Clynes and Kline's (1995 [1960]) conception of the cyborg sees a technologically augmented human designed for the adverse conditions of space travel. Despite alterations through artificial and self-organizing biochemical, physiological, and electronic modifications, the paramount piece of technology enabling human non-terrestrial flirtations was the "exogenous device" of the spacesuit. In this instance, the incorporation of high-tech textiles and manufacturing techniques accommodates the design process to the point where the distinction between fabric, garment, and astronaut merge. This article uses the spacesuit as an illustrative example in arguing that a particular utility value of fashion is its role as "aerial"; transmitting and receiving messages that feed into, and draw from, social and cultural archives. This article explores the concept of to-and-fro transmission/ reception, arguing that fashion, as aerial, contributes to a highly complex meaning system, in which negotiation becomes a passive, unconscious activity.

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ID Code: 18704
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.2752/147597505778052657
ISSN: 1475-9756
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2009 07:52
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2012 03:53

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