Floriane Misslin
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Floriane Misslin

Research ⇄ Design ⇆ Visual SociologyLondon, United Kingdom
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Floriane Misslin

Research ⇄ Design ⇆ Visual SociologyLondon, United Kingdom
About me
My practice resides somewhere between visual and critical design, fashion and gender studies, sociology and its research methods. I design methodologies and media that provide creative and critical ways of exploring the entanglements between bodies and visual culture, and more particularly their relation to gender. +++ I propose different workshops for educational or cultural institutions: Some are about critically engaging with media and imagery consumption, identity and gender. Others are about creatively engaging in the politics and ethics in the design of research methods. Ideally, they do both simultaneously. This can be digital, on site, or a hybrid between physical and digital. ⟶ I am self-employed and open to opportunities, please get in touch! My research project ・Diagramming Fluidity・ studies the diverse and creative approaches of London-based producers of fashion photography (editors, art directors and photographers) to envision the fluidity of gender within an industry established on the binary menswear / womenswear. The visual outcome of the research is part of the exhibition 'Designs for Different Futures' currently on show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, US. The project is part of a broader approach in my work that views imagery as future making and productive of imaginaries, and thus as a space in which the past and present can be questioned. ⤿ My book "Diagramming Fluidity: Designing a Research Method" is published by Onomatopee and launched on the 21st of October 2020. ↘︎ I am based in London, UK, and work internationally. ↘︎ My pronouns are she/her or they/them I studied my BA at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) (2016) and MA in Visual Sociology from Goldsmiths University of London (UK) (2019). I am currently a part-time PhD student in Visual Sociology, between the sociology and art department of Goldsmiths University of London. ✱ I work as a research assistant and public relations for MODUS, a platform for fashion expanded practices. Amongst others, I previously worked with Het Nieuwe Instituut and Tent Gallery in Rotterdam (NL) ✱ Philadelphia Museum of Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center (US) ✱ artist and researcher Femke de Vries (NL) ✱ the masters course Geo-Design, headed by the design duo Formafantasma at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) ✱ the masters course Design: Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths University of London (UK) ✱ the publishing house Onomatopee (NL) and Futuress (CH/DE) ✱ artist and professor Lucy Orta (UK/FR) ✱ the journal Vestoj in Paris (FR)
Projects
  • MODUS, a platform for fashion expanded practice, presents MODUS: Conversations at Dutch Design Week 2020 with Onomatopee
    MODUS, a platform for fashion expanded practice, presents MODUS: Conversations at Dutch Design Week 2020 with OnomatopeeThis summer, I started working as research assistant and on public relations for the platform MODUS. MODUS provides a platform to bridge the divide between theory and practice in fashion and help formulate new perspectives on fashion by facilitating conversations between practitioners from a range of disciplines. The project takes various forms from publications to events and workshops. It is led by Ruby Hoette (Goldsmiths University of London) and Caroline Stevenson (London College of Fashion),
  • Book Launch "Diagramming Fluidity: Designing a Research Method"
    Book Launch "Diagramming Fluidity: Designing a Research Method"I am so super happy to invite you to the launch of my book “Diagramming Fluidity: Designing a Research Method” published by Onomatopee. Join me and Joannette van Der Veer for a chat about the research project and readings on research methods, gender fluid practices of fashion photography, and diagrams. Wednesday the 21st of October at 6pm (UK) / 7pm (EU) Livestream here → https://lnkd.in/enHqdSM First edition is 250 copies in riso-print, available on Onomatopee's online shop from Wednesday on
  • Workshop "Generative Devices"​ on the basics of research methods with MA Geo-Design at Design Academy Eindhoven
    Workshop "Generative Devices"​ on the basics of research methods with MA Geo-Design at Design Academy EindhovenThe new masters programme GEO-Design, headed by the duo Formafantasma, was kickstarted with my workshop "Generative Devices". The two days workshop invited the students to creatively and critically consider the politics and ethics of research methods by experimenting with ways of producing data and interviewing. The exercise introduces them to the design of research methods in order to shape more original, material, and complex research outcomes. As a group, we formulated a common research ques
  • Workshop "Mood Boards Reflections"​ with MA Design: Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths University of London
    Workshop "Mood Boards Reflections"​ with MA Design: Expanded Practice at Goldsmiths University of LondonThe workshop invites students to think of gender through design by exploring the entanglements between body, dress, visual culture and gender. The exercise requires them to critically reflect on what norms and social imaginaries are being produced and reproduced through their projects and their impact on consumers. The methodology calls for being analytical and critical of our influences, references and sources through the production of a mood board.
  • Research and paper for "Feminist Findings" by L.i.P. Collective [Liberation in Print]
    Research and paper for "Feminist Findings" by L.i.P. Collective [Liberation in Print]L.i.P. Collective researches missing histories of feminist publishing. It is organised and edited by Swiss-based design studio Common Interest and their publishing house Futuress, in collaboration with Le Signe, the national for graphic design in Chaumont, France. My contribution “Is it sexy or satire? How a British publishing empire capitalised on the women’s movement in the late 60s” looked into Nova Magazine, published from 1965 to 1975 in the UK.
  • Diagramming Something Missing: The Display of Fashion Beyond Gender
    Diagramming Something Missing: The Display of Fashion Beyond GenderThis project researches how producers of fashion photography actualise the fluidity of gender in an industry dominantly established on modes of production and consumption based on the gendered binary womenswear / menswear. The fashion editors, art directors and photographers who took part in this research operate their practice as an exploratory space to challenge the bond between dress and gender. Throughout series of interviews with each participant, diagrams are activated to reorganise transc
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Work history
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    Research Assistant / PRMODUS: Platform for Expanded Fashion Practices
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    MODUS provides a platform to bridge the divide between theory and practice in fashion and help formulate new perspectives on fashion by facilitating conversations between practitioners from a range of disciplines. The project takes various forms from publications to events and workshops. It is led by Ruby Hoette (Goldsmiths University of London) and Caroline Stevenson (London College of Fashion), and kindly supported by Onomatopee, LCF, Goldsmiths, Provincie Noord-Brabant and British Council.
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    Workshop TutorDesign Academy Eindhoven
     - Eindhoven, NetherlandsFreelance
    The new masters programme GEO-Design, headed by the duo Formafantasma, was kickstarted with my workshop "Generative Devices". The two days workshop invited the students to creatively and critically consider the politics and ethics of research methods by experimenting with ways of producing data and interviewing. The exercise introduces them to the design of research methods in order to shape more original, material, and complex research outcomes.
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Skills
  • Socio/cultural Trend
  • Visual Design
  • Analysis and Research
  • Curation
  • Journalism
  • Qualitative Research
  • Visual Culture
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Education
Education
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    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    PhD Visual SociologyGoldsmiths, University of London
    London, United Kingdom
    On a part-time basis, I continue researching how practices of fashion can challenge binary understandings of gender within an industry established on the womenswear and menswear markets. The project focuses on designing a methodology that can be more attentive to diverse ways of describing gender by offering participants a more active role in the interpretation of their social lives. The research is supervised both in the sociology and art departments of Goldsmiths.
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    MA Visual SociologyGoldsmiths University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
    Obtained with Distinction (79%)
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