Ian King

The consuming body … expression and style in everyday life

Abstract
Music, Art and Fashion are amongst the most influential (important?) contributors to global consumption for large sectors of society regardless of location. Their future influence in a context where the concept of mobility is being re-assessed (via technology)  provides… Read more

Ian is presently Professor of Aesthetics and Management at the University of the Arts in London but before he was an academic – he was a tour manager in the music business.  The nucleus of his role was to manage ‘locating and performance’, and then ‘re-locating and (another) performance’ again and again.   This enabling role has never left him. Its continuing influence has personalized his whole career. Recently he was responsible for organizing an international Art and Organization conference series (in conjunction with Tate Modern, Pompidou plus others) and this type of activity continues as he has just completed a colloquia series at the big four ‘established’ fashion weeks (London, Milan, Paris and New York).   The success and interest that these events generated is leading him to organize a second series (over the next five years plus), but this time at ‘emerging’ fashion week locations, including: Amsterdam, Casablanca, Shang Hai, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Lagos and others….   You might notice a number of points of conversion emerging from his theme of  ‘relocating and performance again and again’ and the themes of this conference. Music, Art and Fashion are amongst the most influential (important?) contributors to global consumption for large sectors of society regardless of location.  Their future influence in a context where the concept of mobility is being re-assessed (via technology) provides the context to the paper Ian will be presenting here.   Against this background, Ian intends to discuss the potential of the body (as a research tool) as it traverses and responds to consumerism in everyday life.