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In the project Fashion Field Walks – A critical magazine workshop [Fashion Field Walks – Eine kritische Magazin-Werkstatt] we produce an independent artistic fashion publication.

We critically engage with spatial staging, visual language and the social structures as well as the power dynamics of presentation spaces for art and fashion. In communal focus walks we conduct field research in the dense urban area of Mitte, between Auguststraße and Neue Schönhauser Straße, where we explore, document and ask questions to passersby. In a change of perspective, we transform from users and consumers to co-creators and commentators of our surroundings.

As a mobile editorial office, we document our research via drawing, photography and text, which are developed into collages, textile works and further artistic translations at Kurt-Tucholsky-Oberschule and MiK Jugendkunstschule, our magazine workshops. Possible themes include personal experiences, access to culture, the contrast between production and presentation spaces, ambiguous messages and cultural mechanisms. How do media images, language, spaces and stagings of our everyday life influence our self-awareness? Which scope of action do we have to reconfigure power structures and social dynamics?

The collective results form a magazine which also reflects on common formats. Its final form is developed together. It is a contribution to an active fashion culture with space for investigative, poetic, humorous and intuitive works, for a spectrum of approaches that artistically extend the field of fashion.

Fashion Field Walks – Eine kritische Magazin-Werkstatt [Fashion Field Walks – A critical magazine workshop], Research/Participatory Making, 2023

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In the first half of 2023 artist and curator Johanna Schwab and fashion researcher Aïcha Abbadi facilitate the Fashion Field Walks with one group at Kurt-Tucholsky-Oberschule and another at MiK Jugendkunstschule in Berlin.
Aïcha Abbadi (studied fashion design, UdK Berlin) and Johanna Schwab (studied visual arts, HfBK Dresden, cultural management, Angewandte Wien) conduct artistic and critical fashion research, explore playful, participatory pratice formats and have experience with the conception and publication of independent online and print publications.

Supported by the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung.