Performative Design is a creative workshop focusing on developing body-centric devices. These devices, through their shapes, materials, colours and aesthetics, aim at unveiling and embodying imagined narratives taking place in the city of Copenhagen. Each creations conform to the human body, prompt curiosity, challenge everyday behaviours and unleash secret stories between people, places and the city.

An intimate link between our physicality and the outside world, clothing can be seen as a deeply powerful and expressive interface. During this seven day workshop, students explored the wearable or body-centric interface, focusing on and learning from the physical potential and expressive nature of the human body. Performative Design is a hands-on workshop in which participants physically sketch around the body, testing and acting out scenarios as we go along.

As well as cultivating a physical and social understanding of body-centric design, this course focuses on fabrication techniques and interfaces development throughout the workshop. Aiming to expand the skill base of performative pioneers, we will explore a combination of traditional fashion and textiles techniques alongside digital tools such as laser cutting and basic soft circuitry construction.