embodiment : Wende Mantel
"Wende Mantel" has been created for the context of the 3rd berlin biennial (bb3), 2004. The focus of the bb3 artisitc director Ute Meta Bauer was on the city Berlin to reflect about cultural, social and political situation and changes since the fall of the Berlin Wall / the iron curtain in 1989.
"Wende Mantel" is a reversable garment, which can be worn inside out. It is a coat of change – of two sides, and of their fusion. In Germany, the reunification of East and West, and the fall of the wall is often referred to as the "Wende".
This garment consists of compressed fiber used for shipping art and of silk lining and eastern textiles. It is about contrasts: worthless and precious, dull and shiny, fragility and strength. It can be wrapped around the body three different ways – always covering everything but the eyes and fingertips. The seams remain visible and the idea behind the seam is to identify tears in the fabric of society and history, in order to then stitch them back together again. It referred to the city whose fabric shows its tears and seams.
Outside: Nadelfilz (compressed fiber)
Inside: material varies; silk, textiles from the East
Protoype: size of Regina Maria Möller; customized
Limited edition: 3 + 1 AP
Wende Mantel has been exhibited in different modes of presentation:
bb3, KunstWerke, Berlin 2004
Performance Jam, KunstWerke, Berlin 2004
trans-form, Galerie Villa Grisebach, Berlin, 2005
Dresscode, Pixelpoint Festival, Nova Gorica, Slowenia, 2006
Check-in-Europe: Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art, EPO, Munich, 2006
Living Box, Hab Galerie, Nantes, 2008
home / work / dress, Passerelle - Cenre D'Art Contemporain, Brest, France, 2012
embodiment : Wende Mantel, 2004
Concept: Regina Maria Möller
Garment production: embodiment – Regina Maria Möller, Vera Wieczorek
Werner Maschmann, Berlin
Regina Maria Möller
Photos with model:
Make-up and hair: Christina Roth, Berlin
Model: Sarah, Typeface Berlin