The parameters required to support a woman in motion

ten Bhomer, Marloes (2019) The parameters required to support a woman in motion. In: Research Through Design 2019, Methods and Critique; 19-22 Mar 2019, Delft, Netherlands.

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‘A Measurable Factor Sets the Conditions of its Operation’ is an on-going research project and series of publicly exhibited materials originally developed through the Stanley Picker Research Fellowship at Kingston University. This paper outlines the method, process and contextual underpinnings of the project, which aims to rethink the ways in which shoes are designed by shirking traditional approaches. It instead employs an engineering method based on structural parameters, informed by biomechanical factors, required to support a high-heeled foot while in motion. Through continuous critical reflection on the method as it was being developed, I identified areas of study necessary to understand and unpick the gendered connotations of the high-heeled shoe, which in turn informed the artistic framing of the project and additional filmic work. In so doing the work expands on the discourse surrounding high-heeled shoes and the gendering of different disciplines and objects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Research Through Design 2019, Methods and Critique
Uncontrolled Keywords: research methodology, gendering, shoe types, cultural connotations, contextualising, identity
Research Area: Art and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art > School of Design
Kingston School of Art > Centre for Research through Design
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Depositing User: Marloes Ten Bhomer
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 08:52
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 07:16

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