Regina (Maria) Möller:
The Silent Speaker
Part II
The Costume

19. februar 2015 – 15. mars 2015

The Silent Speaker – a trilogy – is a project in-progress developing over time from part one, to two and three. The three chapters of this story are built upon each other, and have been created for three different cultural venues.

Norsk
  • Åpning torsdag 19. februar kl. 19
  • Finissage med kunstnerpresentasjon søndag 15. mars kl. 13

The Silent Speaker er en trilogi av Regina (Maria) Möller der utstillingen The Costume utgjør andre akt. De tre kapitlene i Möllers historie bygger på hverandre og er spesielt skapt for tre ulike kunstarenaer. Del 1, The Curtain, ble vist i Levanger sentrum høsten 2014 som en vindusinstallasjon i utstillingsprosjektet Deep Sites av kurator Anne-Gro Erikstad. Mens siste og tredje del av historien, The Body, er skrevet for en teaterscene og blir presentert på Teaterhuset Avant Garden senere i 2015.

Möllers tredelte kunstprosjekt legemliggjør stillhet, utsettelse og usynlighet. Disse omdiskuterte begrepene oppfattes ofte negativt. Her henviser de til en aktiv lytting, konsentrasjon og fokus, i en tid full av støy, fart, og det som kan kalles en «mangfoldiggjøring av synlighet» – først forårsaket av våre virtuelle liv, som igjen påvirker vår fysiske eksistens, splittes de fleste av oss inn i flere identiteter.

I The Costume forsøker Möller å veve sammen mønstre av symboler og døves tegnspråk til mønsterutforming av klær. Klær spiller en viktig rolle i byggingen av identiteter og i The Costume ligger fokuset på lesninger av kroppsløse plagg for å bygge en menneskelig karakter – The Silent Speaker – en lydløs stemme som gjengir det ordinære på en uvanlig måte og retter oppmerksomheten mot det oversette og stumme. En påminnelse om at «stillheten som et sted der man på overraskende vis møter seg selv».

Regina (Maria) Möller er kunstner og skribent med base i både Berlin og i Trondheim. Hun er professor ved Kunstakademi i Trondheim – NTNU og underviser i skulptur. Möller er grunnlegger av bladet regina og skaperen bak merket embodiment og har en imponerende internasjonalt karriere.

Les Gustav Svihus Borgersens kritikk av utstillingen på ArtSceneTrondheim her

Part I : The Curtain
ENGLISH
  • Opening Thursday 19 February at 19.00
  • Finissage with Artist Presentation Sunday 15 March at 13.00

The Silent Speaker – a trilogy – is a project in-progress developing over time from part one, to two and three. The three chapters of this story are built upon each other, and have been created for three different cultural venues.

Part I: The Curtain has been shown in context of the Public Site Project Deep Sites in Levanger (curator: Anne-Gro Erikstad), September 2014.

Part II: The Costume is a solo-show in the Exhibition Space of Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst / TSSK (director: Randi Martine Brockmann), February 19 – March 15 2015.

The entire story unfolds in Part III: The Body written and created for the theatre stage, Teaterhuset Avant Garden, forthcoming (artistic director: Per Ananiassen)

The Silent Speaker embodies “silence”, “delay” and “the invisible”. Although quite controversial discussed subjects, they imply listening, concentration and focus. These are invaluable features to be anew addressed in a time that is full of “noise”, “velocity” and virtual “visibilities”, which cause in the din of digital life a constant reconstruction of identity.

In this exhibition (part II of the trilogy) Möller extends The Curtain to The Costume – interweaving patterns of symbols / sign languages with patterns of clothing. Clothing plays an important role in the construction of “identities”, it carries messages that reflect its wearer, society and era. Like language clothing speaks, yet silent. Part II The Costume focuses on readings of disembodied garments that embody a character – The Silent Speaker – a voice that renders the ordinary unordinary and pays attention to the unheard and overlooked. A reminder of “Silence as a place for bumping into yourself”.

About the artist:

Regina (Maria) Möller is a German artist, writer and founder of the magazine regina and creator of the production line embodiment. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Trondheim, Norway, where she is Professor at KIT / NTNU.

Her artistic practice involves a wide range of medial formats; interweaving complex stories, which often deal with the question of identities. She uses “strategies inherent in the media she works with; overwriting and adapting them for the purpose to show that there are always a number of different versions underneath and alongside the official interpretation”*

1994 she founded the magazine regina – which achieved international acknowledgement. regina is an adaptation of the format of mainstream women’s fashion magazines and their notion of women’s everyday life. The magazine includes familiar sections – fashion, work, home & garden, recipes, partnership – but the real content of regina is evident how this everyday is dealt with differently, often through the production of discourse. regina is an art work in printed matter format and published in limited print run / edition.

In the same year Möller launched the (art) label embodiment. Under this production line she designs art works as prototypes that relate to clothing – “Bekleidung”. In limited editions, Möller creates products which concern “home”, “interior” and “the (female) body”, so to speak the works of embodiment are some kind of furniture, wallpapers, carpets, accessories and garments, which operate as an interface between art and design. They are in use and function, and at the same time they relate to portraits and sculptures. With embodiment Möller is addressing the second skin as “shelter”, but also considering it as a “gutter” or looking into the “collapse” between the body and the environment.

The projects and works of Regina Maria Möller have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in venues including, Manifesta 1 / NL; 45th Venice Biennial / IT; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / DK; Tate Liverpool / GB; Kunstverein München, DE; Wiener Secession / AT; 3rd Berlin Biennial / DE; Sprengel Museum Hannover / DE; Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives / GB; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm / SE; MuMoK (Museum of Modern Art, Vienna) / AT, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm / SE and more. 2012 she co-curated ZERO 1 San Jose Biennial, Silicon Valley, USA.

*Matthias Herrman, In: Regina Möller: embodiment; exhibition catalogue Secession, Wien, 2004.

Weblinks:

Part I : The Curtain

Credits:

The Silent Speaker – Part II: The Costume

Artist: Regina (Maria) Möller

Assistant: Tuan Nguyen

Costume Design: embodiment – Regina (Maria) Möller, Tuan Nguyen

Constructions: Daniel Richards, Ellen Sofie Griegel

Light Design: Anniken Arnøy, Per Christian Jørstad

Installation support: Mahmoud Khaled, Alexander Findeisen

Many thanks to: Randi Martine Brockmann, Anita Björklund, Amalie Marie Selvik, Per Ananiassen, Kalle Eriksson, Anne-Gro Erikstad, Anne-Karin Furunes

Photo: showing the curtain in process The Silent Speaker – part I: The Curtain, 2014 © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2014

Photo: Anne-Karin Furunes © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015
Photo: Amalie Marie Selvik © Regina Möller, VG Bild-Kunst, 2015