Margret Wibmer




Brooklyn Sessions / Relay 



a work in progress


A first selection of video stills from The Brooklyn SessionsRelay, a work in progress, filmed in a warehouse on Flatbush Avenue where my studio was located during the 1980ies.





The participating ‘performers’, all close friends, are performing one and the same garment. The garment is made of three-and-a-half panels of unbleached cotton fabric, equipped with a number of circular holes, carefully hemmed by hand. Strings attached to the sides of each panel can be used to gather the fabric. Materiality and space are explored through movement and touch, folding and unfolding; revealing the imagination and personality of the ‘performer’ and the magic and intelligence of body and textile.



The design of the garment was inspired by research on the history of fashion and the significance of clothing as a mirror of social and environmental changes. Knowledge of materials and technologies that I acquired over the years as well as previous cross-disciplinary collaborations and performances have contributed to the development of this work which invites us to take a new look at the interrelatedness of body, culture and garment.




Special thanks to Al Attara, Nina Allen, Michael Chang, Tania Haselwander, Bi Li,  Linda Mason, Mara Meyers, Suzan Morianz, Alva Rogers, Laura Rubin for their generous contributions and for sharing their time and imagination. 


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