research project / 2020 - on going
Weaving Concerts in concertless times - an artistic research by Nicole Kiersz & Anna Neubert
supported by Claussen-Simon Stiftung
How could we merge music and the art of weaving to create a new artistic experience?
How could we link our ways of work across physical distance and convey our collaboration to a distant audience?
Mid of April 2020 we startet a joint research with weekly changing topics: a video of Nicole, weaving, a melodic fragment, recorded by Anna, sources investigating cultural links between music and weaving. In a sort of ping-pong fashion we send each other materials, experiments and thoughts on the chosen topics:
1 _ rituals of community
2 _ weaving sounds - rituals of meditation
3 _ weaving relation - handling instruments
4 _ weaving patterns - playing (with) diagrams
5 _ weaving beats - synthetic synesthetic synths
6 _ weaving strings - fate / fade / faden
photo: Nicole Kiersz
video work: Anna Neubert
freelance project / 2019 - 2020
a cross-generational dance piece for an audience from 8 years by Teresa Hoffmann and Lina Höhne.
dance & co-creation: Natascha Golubtsova, Teresa Hoffmann, Ume Horikoshi, Clara Müller & Kadysha N`Diaye
artistic direction: Teresa Hoffmann & Lina Höhne
music: Christine Börsch Supan
dramaturgy: Claude Jansen
costume design: Nicole Kiersz & Teresa Hoffmann
textile design: Nicole Kiersz
stage design: Stefan Pinl
photography & video: Jonas Fischer
research project / 2018 - 2019
thanks to the project of gatomorto and EDA the empty prison in Trafaria was open to be transformed into an artists paradise. from August to September 2018 different artists in different terms and constellations was given the chance to live, work and experience a very special community life in between the walls of an ancient prison. during the weeks an ephemeral infrastructure was build for daily needs like constructing beds for shared bedrooms, establishing a shower and improving the kitchen. all happened in the wood workshop of gatomorto with skilled craftmanship and with lots of imagination. beside working on the infrastructure it was possible to the think about a future use of the prison which is still uncertain. In 2019 a new round was initiated to host ten multidisciplinary artists from Hamburg.
as specialised in weaving it was a challenge to work without a loom so I started to collect and archive the colours of the prison and the neighbourhood around with the method of archiving via scanning in 2018. colour was also found in the kitchen while cooking and a method was established to experiment with peels from beetroots and onion skins. in parallel I worked on a botanical installation with lost and found plants from and around the prison area. In 2019 the residency was allowed to take part in the historical and protected part of the prison. So I was able to harves resin from the 50-60 years old dragon trees that led to a various reddish colour range. The samples were made on pre-mordant natural fiber material like silk, wool and cotton. Furthermore handmade paper, rice paper and thai cigarette paper was used.
finding out the approximate age of the dragon trees happend by a coincidence. A former prisoner came by the gate and entered the building. He did a tour around and gave a clarification about the space, his experiences and the garden. He left telling us that the prison is a good place with good energy - he preferred to be a prisoner than serving the military during the authoritarian regime. On the 25th of April 1974 the military coup characterised by red carnations overthrew the regime.
photography: Nicole Kiersz & Philipp Meuser
alles andere als rosa*
MA-degree project / 2017
*anything other than pink is a project that explores the basic human need for geborgenheit. geborgenheit is a german word which has no accurate translation in other langu- ages. the nearest translation might be security or a description of feelings related to warmth and wellbeing. the experimental approach was the translation of the feeling ge- borgenheit into unique textiles with the technique of dyeing and weaving. geborgenheit is necessary to deal with stressful situations and appears through individual rituals or situations that were experienced in each individual childhood. one personal and individual association and helping moment to feel good is my preference to choose the colour pink. this association ties in with a succinct childhood memory: spending summer holidays and my grandmothers’ place which had a pink bathroom. as the ability to call up the feeling of geborgenheit is experienced since the early age - the preference in pink and its justifcation in it. beside it is told or tried to proof that pink has a calming effect on stressed humans.
the technical aim in textile was to search for an individual pink-recipe that can be used to dye the weaving material. but it was not easy to do so. the result was anything else than pink and lead to the concept of the open-ended research strategy. although pink is not visible in the woven pieces and blue is dominating,
it is possible to feel the idea of pink.
the exhibition at the xpon-Art gallery was planned with the help of: Torben Spieker
the food was made by: GARDEN / Jasmin Baltres
musical perfomance by: Elsa Hewitt
photography: David Reimann & Louisa Boeszoermeny
styling: Hiroko Kira
models: Quincy Benefo, Jonathan Mutton, Malva Cepeda Fernández