The band XX Teens are soon to release their single: “How To Reduce The Chances Of Being A Terror Victim”. They use a variety of security announcements as lyrics to accompany an amusing dystopian depiction of “uberprotection” & “ubersafety” society in their music video.
6. Never check luggage at curbside check-in at airports; carry luggage on board with you, if possible; carry as few bags as possible.
7. Spend as little time at the airport as possible; avoid heavily glassed areas.
8. When flying, wear comfortable clothing and shoes in case you need to quickly evacuate.
9. Try to fly on wide-body planes; terrorists often avoid hijacking them.
A watered down version of some of Vexed Generation’s fashion range (mentioned earlier) have definitely become the new hoodie! The goggle jackets have been produced by a variety of fashion labels including Emporio Armani and Stone Island but have now been copied enough that they are cheap and available to buy for young people. The ultimate in CCTV surveillance protection for the individual!
A company called Bladerunners produce a range of protective fashion wear including hoodies and tshirts made from Kevlar, a slash resistant material used in protective gear for the police and security teams. In August a number of inner city schools commissioned the company to adapt school uniforms to be slash resistant in reaction to the number of knife crimes within and beyond the school grounds.
See BBC News article here>
PARKA:From the 1997 Autumn Winter collection made from Black ballistic Nylon[the same material used in bullet proof vests]
Vexed Generation are a fashion label that were founded in 1994 by Adam Thorpe and Joe Hunter. Their garment designs each address issues of air pollution, urban CCTV surveillance and civil liberties whilst catering for a performance lifestyle. Specifically utilising respiratory protection, and performance fabrics which are waterproof, breathable, fire retardant and knife retardant.
A quote from Vexed Generation’s 1997 season statement on their archive website:
“A Vexed garment will not clean the air
A Vexed garment will not protect public privacy
A Vexed garment will not change uncivil/civil legislation
A Vexed garment may improve your quality of life.”
Images from top left to right: surgical face mask, DXL Protective Helmet, mosquito protective safari suit, bomb disposal vest, germ warfare camo suit, baby buggy mosquito net, isolation chamber accordion sleeves, Israeli Civilian gasmask, potomac emergency escape BioChemical mask
On October 16th, Cindy Weber introduced the film ‘Safe’ directed by Todd Haynes and released in 1995. It is the first film in the program of films co-sponsored by Dukes Cinema and IAS program year New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living. (see film schedule here>)