NEWS / EVENTS
23/06/2022 - 26/06/2022 > Group Exhibition – JVE Open Studios, Maastricht, NL
12/04/2022 - 31/05/2022 > Group Exhibition – Domestic Monsters, Constance Howard Gallery, London, UK
01/11/2021 - 01/10/2022 > Residency – Jan van Eyck Academie - Post–Academy for Art, Design and Reflection, Maastricht, NL
16/10 - 19/12/2021 > Installation and Exchange – MODUS Hosts: Unfolding Inter-local Practice in collaboration with CAULFIELD—SRIKLAD at Onomatopee Projects including an Online Exchange during Dutch Design Week 2021, Eindhoven, NL
01/04 - 06/06/2021 > Exhibition – United Fashion Festival: Hungry for Less? Hungry for Better? at MAD Home of Creators, Brussels, BE
22/10/2019 > Symposium – The Politics of Practice-based Fashion Research organised by the Austrian Center for Fashion Research in collaboration with MAK in Vienna, Austria
MODUS is an international network of practitioners and bridging theory and practice in fashion. The central thread is a glossary of verbs or ‘modes of practice’ serving as a starting point for all MODUS initiatives including the MODUS publication (2018) as well as various events and exhibitions during Dutch Design Week (MODUS in residence 2018, MODUS: Annotated 2019, MODUS: Conversations 2020 and MODUS Hosts: 2021).The MODUS online network invites practitioners to link their work to verbs from the glossary. As it grows the network connects and supports the community of practice that is collectively pushing the boundaries of the field and exploring how it is woven into broader social, cultural, political and economic flows of value and meaning. By gathering these critical and experimental approaches to fashion production and presentation, MODUS supports diverse modes of operating as belonging to fashion, reclaiming the word and connecting the people that are redefining it. The platform facilitates conversations between the practitioners working in this expanded field and writers/theorists from a range of disciplines from cultural and critical theory to politics and economics to formulate alternate systems of value and nurture expanded ways of thinking, doing and being fashion. MODUS is led by Ruby Hoette and Caroline Stevenson through Onomatopee Projects in collaboration with Roland Brauchli and Floriane Misslin as research assistant.
What if fashion were a discussion, an exchange, a negotiation or even a heart to heart? And what if conversation were a mode of production? Are there new perspectives this might this reveal in terms of materials, processes and value?Conversation Pieces is an on-going research project that investigates the potential of garments as discursive objects and dress practices as dialogues. The project employs tools and techniques that are related to both text (highlighting) and textile (unpicking) to generate perspectives on fashion practice that are embedded in everyday dress practices and associated language.
For the publication and ongoing project Dictionary Dressings: Re-reading clothing definitions towards alternative fashion perspectives (2016) by Femke de Vries Conversation Pieces #1 explores the relationship between the sleeve and the scarf using their definitions, functions and everyday adaptations as mechanisms to reinterpret. The publication was launched with an exhibition at Onomatopee during Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven in October 2016. Editions of the project have been presented at Everyone and Everything as Material Conference hosted by The Swedish School of Textiles and RMIT, Borås, Sweden (2017) and Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury, ArtEZ Arnhem, NL (2018) as well as The Community: offline, Paris and Tenderbooks, London, UK (2018)
Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland 2015
This project was conceived and organised in collaboration with Pascale Gatzen and Cathy Leibowitz and made possible by all those who participated.
This Red Door and Textile Arts Center, NYC 2013