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24th November, 13.00-14.00: Locus of the Dress


In the coming months, we will hear a variety of talks from academics in UCA. You can keep up to date with the broader event programme at the Research Collab pageOur Research Seminars are open to academics, researchers and students from across the University (unless otherwise indicated). They provide an informal setting for intellectual debate, sharing ideas and collaboration.  

LOCUS OF THE DRESS with Shelly Goldsmith 

On  Tuesday 24th November, 13.00pm, Shelly Goldsmith will present the practice-based research project ‘Locus of the Dress’. It uses contemporary textiles to examine and visualise psychologist Julian Rotter’s hypothesis that we all exist on a spectrum between an External or Internal ‘Locus of Control’ and is a strong signifier of our sense of self.

To join us, please register with the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/locus-of-the-dress-tickets-125466833677  

Supported by a collaboration with clinical psychologist Dr. Hermina Hernaiz-Sanders, Shelly Goldsmith identifies and examines the two surfaces of the dress form, inside and outside as independent landscapes to discuss and play out narratives of the external and internal hallmarks of Rotter’s theory. An autoethnographic approach is taken, as Goldsmith mines her own psychological journey and two pertinent geographical locations (Cincinnati and the Thanetian Coast) focusing the dress as a dynamic place, linking locations on the planet with locations on and within a garment. Outcomes are resolved as textile-based installation, wall pieces and wall assemblages. The work is funded by the Arts Council and UCA research and was recently awarded the Vlieseline Fine-Art Textile Award an international prize which recognises concept driven and gallery context textiles.

We will begin at 13:00 pm with the usual hellos and aim to start the talk at 13:05 pm. We hope you can join us for the whole session, but if you need to drop in / out, that’s not a problem. 

We may record the session to enable us to share with those unable to attend.  If you do not wish to be recorded, please keep your video turned off so that images are not captured - we will let you know once we start to record.


Upcoming Talks:

 Meditations; exploring spaces within space with Ashley Howard, On the 13th of December; 13:00 pm 

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To propose sessions and facilitate talks, please contact Dr Amer Alwarea at: amer.alwarea@uca.ac.uk