XEROXED: wearable pages, readable garments is a garment publishing platform that investigates the relationship between body, garment, and publication through the translation of paper material into wearable publications. The platform specifically aims at (re)publishing materials explicitly positioned in the margins, outside, and in contraposition with the dominant capitalistic media cultural production, making it available for a contemporary (re)-read. XEROXED digs into archives, drawers, warehouses, and libraries in search of the unpublishable, the forgotten, the under-ground. The published material is selected by analysing the potential that it can have in contemporary political(1) discourse, and to what extent it could possibly shake individual consciences and plant a seed of sprouting reflection. Through the juxtaposition, mix, and re-configuration of the archival material, new inputs are created on the XEROXED garments, which become potential tools that can stimulate conversations, reflections, and debates among those who come across them in public spaces.
XEROXED works with editions, each one of them highlighting specific topics and publications. Depending on the edition, XEROXED opens up a conversation with archives, libraries, and private collections. The extracted material is re-activated, re-interpreted, and re-published through the garments, which become the main tool for the (re-)circulation of the information.
XEROXED is an ever-ending experimentation into the conceptual and material relationship between the garment and the publication, text and textile, paper and fabric. Compared to book publishing, garment publishing sees the introduction of two important elements, the body, and the fabric. These elements generate a substantial difference in how the object is read, used, shared, and how the published content circulates. To read a wearable publication means to read in the folds of the fabric, in the seams, by reversing, stretching, compressing the fabric, while the text is moving on a body…
XEROXED is always open for inputs, conversations, and collaborations. As a publishing platform, XEROXED is open to commissions that ideologically and thematically resonate with the platform.
(1)In XEROXED, political is intended as something that seeks to challenge and subvert dominant structures and power dynamics.
As elaborated by Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi [ Berardi, B. (2015). And. Phenomenology of the end. London: MIT Press.] a political drawing is a form of visual expression, and a means of political resistance that can be used to question and critique established ideologies and power structures, and to create new, alternative visions of the world. Political drawing can be seen as a tool of political activism, helping to mobilize and inspire people to take action towards social change. It is not simply a matter of representing political ideas visually, but rather of actively engaging with political issues and using drawing as a means of expressing dissent and promoting social transformation.
Founded by Alia Mascia