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Zoe Jo Rae: Resourcefulness - and Other Quiet Forms of Activism

Virtual Event | Events details will be shared with registrants 12 hours before the event start
Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 18:00

Fashion Talks at AUP 2021/22 presents the series: Between Consumption, Criticism, and Activism.

This talk will consider resourcefulness as a quiet form of activism and introduce ‘Hunter - Gatherer in the Anthropocene’, a project that Zoe embarked on while still at university. In many ways this project continues to evolve and has become a manifesto for her professional practice.  She will discuss how rewilding the design process, becoming a qualified arborist and learning to embrace an interdisciplinary approach has allowed for a physical engagement with nature. This in turn has encouraged her to step back from the design practice and be critical. The result is a methodology that keeps her practice grounded but employs narrative and animism to challenge the way we consume and ultimately live. 

Zoe’s talk is part of this year's Fashion Talks at AUP entitled: Between Consumption, Criticism and Activism – organized by Professor Renate Stauss and Professor Sophie Kurkdjian (Fashion Studies, Department of Communication, Media and Culture).

Zoe Jo Rae

Zoe is an Multidisciplinary Designer and qualified Arborist, originally from the U.K and currently based in Oslo Norway. She studied at Goldsmiths and Brighton graduating with a degree in Sustainable Design. 

Her work uses design and making to explore the human condition and trigger conversation and actions around social and environmental challenges. This has led to engagement with community based projects, where she has contributed both conceptually and practically to the development of multi disciplinary spaces and cultural hubs in Oslo. She is currently collaborating with a small group of individuals to establish a space dedicated to regenerative practices. The aim is to reconnect Oslo and it’s inhabitants with the Oslo Fjord and it’s biodiversity (or lack thereof!) Her work has been nominated for and won design awards both locally and internationally.

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