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A Measurable Factor Sets the Conditions of its Operation is an exhibition of investigative pieces, processes, tests and trials for a new footwear collection informed by engineering principles.
This method, which purposefully shirks fashion trends and styles, is based on research into the structural parameters required to support a foot (in a high-heeled position) while in motion. In so doing, Stanley Picker Fellow Marloes ten Bhömer's aim is to completely replace the standard and regimented approaches to footwear design and manufacturing with the working and production methods of engineering.
The consequences of ten Bhömer's research methodology are two-fold: first, her approach reveals a link between rationalised parameters, aesthetic intuition and structural understanding; second, by considering 'the woman in motion' as an engineering problem, she both exposes and criticises the cultural formations of female identity and the role high-heels play.
A programme of associated events will accompany the exhibition.
Venue: Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Knights Park, Kingston KT1 2QJ
Dates: Thursday 14 February - Saturday 6 April
Tel: 020 8417 4074
Free entry: Tuesday-Saturday 11am - 5pm, Wednesday until 7pm