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World Factory project performances explore global textile connections

last modified Apr 07, 2015 09:51 PM
World Factory, an interdisciplinary performance project supported by the Digital Humanities Network launches a season of performances at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and the Young Vic, London in April and May.

Capitalist global textile production in 19th century Manchester and its impact on socialist thinking provides the starting point for looking at this fascinating history in relation to the rapid change underway in contemporary China and its shifting position as the workshop of the world.

Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw are collaborating with Shanghai-based theatre director, Zhao Chuan, to pool research and develop the project. To research the topic, they decided to (attempt to) participate in the system, by having a shirt made in a Chinese factory. Please see here for more details. Underpinning this research process is an open and growing website, the Digital Quilt that shares nuggets of information between China and the UK, between the creative team and the public (please see here for the rationale behind the quilt).

The DH Network hosted a workshop to help develop the early stages of the Digital Quilt in collaboration with the World Factory project team in February 2014.

Read more about the project and upcoming performances on Metis Arts website here.

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