Chinese Whispers: Variations on Textile

Gray, Ros. 2003. Chinese Whispers: Variations on Textile. Textile The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 1(2), pp. 158-173. ISSN 14759756 [Article]

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This article extends the meaning of 'textile' to explore its relation to the cinematic screen, drawing on the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Julia Kristeva and others. Reading the textured surfaces of Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou, a beautiful Chinese film set in a fabric-dying factory, the Baroque scenographies of Piranesi, Watteau's fetes galantes, and Vivienne Westwood's fashion designs, it considers appearance through speech, gesture and the body adorned or abused and damaged by craft and labour. In thinking through the 'textile screen', and observing processes running in and between networks of texts, it makes a theoretical gesture towards the utopian political possibilities of 'textile' as an accoustic screen in which disparate voices interact.

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12 Mar 2009 15:41

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