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Ms Michèle Leila Danjoux

Job: Principal Lecturer & Programme Leader

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Fashion and Textiles

Research group(s): Design & New Product Development (DMU) and DAP Lab (Brunel University, London)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8549

E: mdanjoux@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/soft

 

Personal profile

Michèle Danjoux is a fashion designer, illustrator and Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader in Fashion and Bodywear at De Montfort University, UK. The artistic and research interests of Danjoux centre on design through performance and fashion in the digital age. Research practice involves collaborative, emergent, dynamic and iterative design strategies and wearable design interfaces for fashion performance that investigate both an aesthetic and social context. Ongoing work centres on the “Emergent Dress” project, which investigates fashion performance and creative movement in connection with digital technologies as inspirational method for new fashion design concepts and a garment design process that aims to generate particular movement through wearable design. The practice-centred work focuses on sensory engagement with the materiality of garments in performance interaction with real and virtual environments. The work process is grounded in interdisciplinary practices linking fashion design with performance, dance, digital/networked media, sound and interaction design.  Her design films have been shown at Wearable Futures (Newport), IFFTI (Tokyo, Japan), Digital Cultures (Nottingham), Prague Quadrennial, and DRHA (Dartington). She is co-director of DAP-Lab, a design and performance research laboratory based at Brunel University, UK (http://www.brunel.ac.uk/dap).  Her Teshigahara collection of intelligent garments were featured in the premiere of "Suna no Onna" at the Laban Centre, London (2007) and Watermans Art Centre (2008). In 2010, her audiophonic “sounding” wearables featured in the performance installation UKIYO at Kibla Multimedijski Centre, Kibla, Slovenia and also at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London. Most recently (May 2012) her choreosonic wearables investigating the interrelationship of body, movement, garment and sound have featured in choreosonic performance for the time being at Watermans, London and also at Critical Costume Exhibition in January 2013.

Research group affiliations

DAP Lab, Brunel University

Publications and outputs 

  • The Sound of Movement Wearables: Performing UKIYO
    Birringer, J. and Danjoux, M. (2013) The Sound of Movement Wearables: Performing UKIYO. LEONARDO, 46 (3), pp. 232-240
  • Wearable performance
    Danjoux, M. and Birringer, J. (2009) Wearable performance. Digital Creativity, 20 (1-2), pp. 95-113
  • Wearables in Performance
    Birringer, J and Danjoux, M. (2009) Wearables in Performance. In: Jane McCann and David Bryson, eds. Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology. Cambridge: Woodhead, pp.388-419.

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Key research outputs

Books and Academic Journals

Birringer, J and Danjoux, M; (2013); “The sound of Movement Wearables.”  Leonardo, Vol. 46, Number 3, pp. 232-240.

Birringer, J and Danjoux, M; (2009); “Wearable Performance,” Digital Creativity, Routledge, Vol. 20, 1-2, pp. 95-113.

Birringer, J and Danjoux, M; (2009); “Wearables in Performance,” in: Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology, ed. Jane McCann and David Bryson; Woodhead; Cambridge, pp.388-419.

 

Exhibitions

DAP Lab; For the Time Being: A choreosonic performance, Watermans, London; 26th May 2012.

Dans sans Joux; UKIYO 3 (Moveable Worlds): A choreographic installation with sonic interfaces, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London; 26th November 2010.

Areas of teaching

Fashion Design

Design for Performance (costume)

Includes: Concept Initiation, 2D/3D Design Development, Design Realisation, Illustration and 2D Communication, Fashion Product and Research Methodologies

Qualifications

MA (distinction), PGCE, BA (Hons) Fashion Design (2:1)

Courses taught

Fashion Design BA (Hons)

Fashion and Bodywear MA

Externally funded research grants information

UKIYO (Moveable World), British Council, DAIWA Foundation and Japan Foundation, achoreographic installation (between UK and Japanese partners) fusing dance, sound, design and digital projections,2008-2010, collaborator, fashion designer and creative director.

n.b. Funding secured for this project by Drama & Performance, School of Arts at Brunel University.

http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/ukiyo.html|

http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/ukiyo3workshop.html|

Professional esteem indicators

  • Paper Presentation: Wearables in Performance: The Choreographic Potentials of Bodies and Design in Motion, The Body in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Performance, Wednesday June 5th 2013, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
  • Presentation and discussion panelmember @ Embodied cognition – practice-based research in doctoral programmes (Dance, Drama & Music), 30th April 2013, University of Winchester.
  • Birringer, J and Danjoux, M (DAP Lab); For the Time Being: Audiophonic Design in Motion: A presentation and demonstration of artworks transforming sensorial design into a fuller exploration of narrative, fashion and choreography, Kinetica, London; 3rd March 2013.
  • Danjoux, M; The Sound of Movement Wearables: An exhibition of audiophonic design prototypes, Critical Costume: Towards a Vocabulary of Scenographic Bodies. A Symposium and Exhibition, 17-18th January 2013, Edge Hill University, (UK).
  • Presentation at Dance Research Seminar at DMU on “The Sound of Movement Wearables”, 13th November 2012.

Case studies

Audiences at public performances.

Cultural exchanges/links made between East and West (Japan and UK).

Invited to present my work and the work of DAP Lab at: Embodied cognition – practice-based research in doctoral programmes (Dance, Drama & Music), 30th April 2013, University of Winchester. This was an event funded by The Higher Education Academy, further information available @ http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ events/detail/2013/Seminars/Disciplines_AH/GEN289_Winchester 

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