A1 Journal article – refereed
A Visual Essay: Entanglements of Cloth and The Body

List of Authors: Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Vappu Jalonen
Publisher: Taideteollinen korkeakoulu
Place: Helsinki
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Synnyt Origins
Book title *: The Art of Research VI Сonference. Catalyses, Interventions, Transformations
ISSN: 2341-9687
eISSN: 1795-4843


This co-authored paper critically reflects upon the entanglements of cloth and the body. It
is an experimental, ficto-critical piece assembled from textual fragments and images. In
our view, the affective relations of movement and tactility that happen between the cloth
and the body are essential for understanding what clothing is and how it works. Hence we
speak about cloth-bodies – compositions that are more-than-human. We address what
cloth-bodies “can do” by exploring how clothing participates in extending or constricting
the movement of the writing body, and its disciplinary effects. New Materialism and its
theories of entanglement, relational materialities and co-becomings gives us the
theoretical tools to approach clothing as a non-human actant in human relations, and not
just a signifier of cultural identity. 

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