‘The Fabric of the Planetary Surface’ is a talk by Jussi Parikka (Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics, University of Southampton, UK, and Docent of Digital Culture Theory, University of Turku, Finland) curated by The Serving Library in partnership with LJMU’s Exhibition Research Lab for Liverpool Biennial 2018.
How do we address the ebbs and flows of media culture on a global scale? This talk will address those planetary infrastructures that deliver beautiful things – namely, the factories, production facilities, routes, networks and logistics that make up the fashion industry. Parikka will consider the global character of the textile industry via Unravelled, a recent video-installation by the nomadic, design research studio Unknown Fields Division. The installation is based on recent expeditions to India and Bangladesh and depicts the ‘planetary conveyor belt’ of contemporary fashion.