I want to show that a pair of overalls can be a document in many senses, and thus demonstrate that the complementary relationship between materiality, sociality and conceptuality is a very complex relationship.
I will use an artistic approach to show the complex relationship and make an exposition of verbal text and images, consisting of 4 parts:
1. Origin of overalls
A short history of overalls - denim pants first with suspenders and later with bibs. They go back to the 18th century, were mass-produced by Levi Strauss and Lee and became popular work garment and later for leisure and fashion for both men and women.
2. "Broken in" overalls
A document of use and often hard work, shown in faded denim. They can be used for generations, with overalls handed over from father to sons or daughters
3. Mending overalls
A document of repairing overalls by mending and patching, documenting traditions for mending clothes
4. Overalls as wearable art
A document of art shown by the visible mending and patches making overalls into pieces of art work
5. Document theory
Overalls - a showcase of the complexity of the complementary relationship between materiality, sociality and conceptuality
Lund, Niels W.
"Overalls - Complex Document(s): a Never-ending Artistic Research Process,"
Proceedings from the Document Academy: Vol. 6
, Article 13.
Available at: https://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol6/iss1/13
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