The performance reveals human imagination and creativity through the dancing body, the folding and unfolding of a non conventional garment and thoughts on sustainable clothing production projected as handwritten fragments. The dancers explore space, and the vital materialism of human body and textiles through improvisation and meditative movement from Asian Dance techniques.
The design of the garment is based on a concept Margret Wibmer has developed over a number of years under the conceptual umbrella of ‘Infinite Play'. This time Wibmer shares the projects underlying artistic research with a select group of NAFA Dance, Fashion and Fine Art students. She invites and guides them to explore her work through their own process of making, performing and reflection, resulting in the production of a staged performance.
NAFA begins the decade with an exciting cross cultural collaboration. Margret Wibmer, a multidisciplinary artist from Austria, together with the Dance Programme, Fine Art and Fashion Studies programmes, the Austrian Embassy and Lenzing AG present
31 January, 2020 18:00-18:45 hh
NAFA Campus 3, C6-38
Austrian artist Margret Wibmer *1959 in Lienz, has been based in Amsterdam since 1990. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, solo presentations, and performances in museums, art spaces, and galleries, such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, Nakamura Memorial Museum Japan, Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, RMIT Design Hub Melbourne. Her work is included in public and private collections, explores relations between bodies, spaces and materials through different media. Her interest in textiles and garments as catalysts between humans and their surroundings informs the conceptual development of her performative works. This was also the starting point for her collaboration with students from NAFA’s Dance Program, School of Fine Arts and Fashion Studies. Wibmer’s partnership with NAFA students stimulates peer-to-peer learning and invites participating students to explore their skills and knowledge via experimental formats for producing, learning and collaborative research.
Headshots by Jack Fong
This multidisciplinary collaboration was made possible through the auspice of the NAFA faculty and administrative advisors
The fabrics for this project are generously sponsored by Lenzing AG and are made from TENCEL™, Lyocell fibers that are derived from sustainable wood sources, harvested from certified and controlled sources using a closed loop production process.
Wibmer’s residency at NAFA is made possible with generous support by the Austrian Embassy Singapore.