TIme Out


location: Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

date: August 23rd and 24th 2014


This project by visual artist MARGRET WIBMER was part of SALON / BIG BANG.


The documentation is in progress; more images, statements and text will be added over the coming weeks. Please also click on the icons above for more information.


Everyone who participated or witnessed this event is invited to send us their photo’s and statements: info@mbassyunlimited.org



TIME OUT is another ‘metaphor for the perceptive and cognitive exchange between humans and the world, which is the primary goal of Margret Wibmer’s art’* (*L. Seyfarth).







Project assistant Rei Kakiuchi during TIME OUT in an overcoat designed by visual artist Margret Wibmer. 


Images below: preparing and handing out the overcoats. 












photo: Malaya Wibmer

above: a young couple going for some ‘time out’. 






Two Russian ladies ‘timing out’. The outfit designed for this project serves as interface and protection, and contributes to creating a different awareness of time, space and being, bridging personal histories, experiences and memories with the history of Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam. 




Below: participant negotiating and preparing a location and position




















photo: Malaya WIbmer 

 A visitor felt inspired and took this opportunity to make his best shot of the ceiling. 



Below: Each position offers different references, a different experience, a different architectural view, different acoustics, different relations. 










Some participants are related to Oude Kerk (Old Church)  through a person history. The image below  shows  Gijs Stork on top of his forefathers grave. 




‘Had a very special TIME OUT by Margret Wibmer between my uber great grandparents Dirck de Vlaming van Oudtshoorn & Wendela van Bronckhorst on grave 92-93 in the Hoge Koor’ (Gijs Stork, co-curator of SALON / BIG BANG)


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 photocollage: Gijs Stork





This project offered some wonderful opportunities for personal exchange.



photo: Malaya WIbmer


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photo: Malaya Wibmer 


All photographs by Margret Wibmer unless mentioned otherwise.

Image on background by Rei Kakiuchi.



This project was made possible through a loan by:






























time out




A participatory intervention by visual artist Margret Wibmer

in collaboration with SALON / Big Bang at Museum Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, August 23./24. 2014.




TIME OUT aimed at connecting visitors of the Museum Oude Kerk with this historic monument through a conscious extension of the process of perception through which the familiar body-space experience is invalidated. The interaction took place through shift of predictable behavior.


Visitors to Oude Kerk were invited to wear an overcoat designed by Margret Wibmer before being guided through the church to look for a place to lie down on the floor. For physical comfort a rubber mat was provided, covered with sheets of delicate fabric. The coat functioned as a protection and helped the visitor to feel safe and it ‘justified’ this unruly behaviour.




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putting on an overcoat made of special material.


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Project assistant Valentina guiding some participants


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images 1 – 5 : JW Kaldenbach


Our awareness changes when taking on a horizontal position, it changes our perception and allows us to see and hear things that go unnoticed otherwise. Looking into the sky in this location offers an array of architectural details and ornaments on the ceiling, variations in material, different shades and structures. Taking on this position  might also invite some thoughts about nature and human, life and death as the floor consists entirely of gravestones. 



photo: Marianna Maruyama



 photo: Marianna Maruyama


Lying flat on the ground in a public space is also an act of resistance. An invitation to rethink the current state of the world and shape a personal view that might contribute to social change and new models of behaviour. 



photo: Rei Kakiuchi










Images below: Some participants chose very particular places. This woman decided to TIME OUT on top of the grave stone of Saskia, Rembrands wife.



photo: Rei Kakiuchi 



photo: Rei Kakiuchi 


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photo: Rei Kakiuchi 


Margret Wibmer making sure that this participant feels comfortable.



photo: Rei Kakiuchi 





photo: Rei Kakiuchi 


This man wanted to try it too…lying on to op Saskia gravestone.



photo: Rei Kakiuchi 



photo: Rei Kakiuchi


spectacular view shows part of the ceiling 



photo: Rei Kakiuchi 


TIME OUT offers all kind of possible relations with history, architecture, time, light, sound.



 photo: Rei Kakiuchi




photo: Rei Kakiuchi 


This participant who knows the OUde Kerk very well chose her favourite spot and was lying completely still, meditating for at least 30 minutes. Onlookers were wondering if she is alright and what she is doing there. 


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photo: Mirko Lazovic


participant lying down in front of a styrofoam replica of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ.



photo’ Rei Kakiuchi


More information will be added soon, including a text by visual artist Marianna Maruyama.

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