What happens if a designer within the world of fashion encourages political activism? Otto von Busch describes a designer role that experiments with how fashion can be reverse engineered, hacked, tuned and shared among many participants as a form of social activism. On Friday October 24th 2008 he defends his thesis at the School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg.
Otto von Busch’s thesis, with the title ”Fashion-able: Hacktivism and Engaged Fashion Design”, consists of a series of extensive projects from fashion which aim to explore a new designer role for fashion. A role that experiments with how fashion can be reverse engineered, hacked, tuned and shared among many participants as a form of social activism.
This social design practice can be called “the hacktivism of fashion”, an engaged and collective process of enablement, creative resistance and DIY practice, where a community share methods and experiences on how to expand action spaces and develop new forms of craftsmanship.
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