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Michèle Danjoux is a fashion designer, experienced educator and co-director of DAP-Lab (http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/arch.html).
Her academic positions have included: Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Fashion and Bodywear at De Montfort University and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University where she also coordinated staff research activity for the Fashion Subject. Danjoux’s own research and artistic interests centre on design and performance, and the interactive potentials of wearables in real-time immersive performance contexts. She is currently completing her doctoral study with the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. Her practice-based PhD is entitled Design-in-Motion: Choreosonic Wearables in Performance. The project interrogates the choreographic space of real-time interactive dance performance through experimentation with specially designed audiophonic garments/accessories.
During her time as fashion educator, she has collaborated on a number of cross-disciplinary and publicly exhibited projects placing fashion design in a wider arts and cultural context, including Archaeology Revealed, Satellites of Fashion and Textures of Memory.Her design films have been shown at Wearable Futures (Newport), Digital Cultures (Nottingham), and DRHA (Dartington). The "Klüver" film installation of emergent design was exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial's "Design in Motion" festival, June 2007. She is co-director of the DAP-Lab and the lab's production company, dans sans joux.
collection premiered at Laban Centre, 2007, during the premiere of the interactive
dance performance Suna No Onna, which was developed also during a
residency at Interaktionslabor 2007. Her collection was shown at “Inside
Out,” Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, in 2008. In 2009, she is co-directing
the UKIYO research collaboration of the DAP-Lab and Keio University/INETDANCE
Japan. The new choreographic installation, UKIYO, featuring her audiophonic
wearables, was premiered at the Antonin Artaud Centre, Brunel University,
West London, on June 1, 2009. then went on European tour in 2010 and a new
version premiered at Sadlers Wells in November 2010.
A recent production with DAP-Lab is a dance opera, "for the time being (Victory over the Sun)", created as an homage to the 1913 futurist Russian opera Victory over the Sun. This summer of 2013 she is publishing a new essay on the "Sound of Wearables" in Leonardo. Her audiophonic designs for the DAP-Lab ensemble, which she created in 2008-2012, were featured in the May 2013 issue of the German Tanz magazine. Since DAP-Lab's participation in the METABODY project, she has created numerous new prototypes for interactive and conductive wearables and the development of Johannes Birringer's ideas for immersive and AR/VR chorepgraphic installation spaces (kimospheres), which have been shown at performance exhibitions in Madrid, Paris and London (2015-2017), most recently at the Staging Atmospheres conference at Queen Mary in London.