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The exhibition Fashion and Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media opened on 5th March 2015 at RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, Australia. TIME OUT was performed during the opening ceremony.


The exhibition was curated by Associate Professor Jessica Bugg and Anna-Nicole Ziesche and is featuring works by Anna Baumgart, Maria Blaisse, Ulrik Martin Larsen, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Imme van der Haak, Bart Hess & Lucy McCrae, B O U D I C C A, Jessica Bugg, HEYNIEK, Pyuupiru, Luke White & Remi Weekes, Marie and Kristian Schuller, Jacob Kok, Hussein Chalayan, Margret Wibmer, Adele Varcoe, D & K (Ricarda Bigolin and Nella Themelios), Lucy + Jorg Orta, Nirma Madhoo at RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne 5 March – 2 April 2015.
This exhibition is part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program’s Project Series 2015.
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newly designed garments for TIME OUT at RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne. design: Margret Wibmer


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Performance assistants Andrija Sala, Stella Paramitha Budiarjo, Annabel Sloane, Gabriela Nivita Darmawan, Alison Pyrke, Cheryl Anne; all fashion students at RMIT University. photograph: Margret Wibmer


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photography James Tunks


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All photographs above: Marc Morel, RMIT Design Hub UNLESS MENTIONED OTHERWISE




TIME OUT during closing of FASHION & PERFORMANCE on March 31st 2015



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photography James Tunks 


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photography James Tunks


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absence of the teamaster as part of the show at Design Hub

photograph: Margret Wibmer


FASHION & PERFORMANCE >> materiality, meaning, media

05.03.2015 – 02.04.2015, RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton VIC 3000, Australia



Fashion & Performance explores the creative territory between fashion, architecture and performance and highlights a community of contemporary practitioners who sit between the disciplines of experimental fashion, clothing and performance.The exhibition includes time based media, garments, installations and a series of live performances. In a climate interdisciplinary and collaborative thinking, Fashion & Performance addresses an evolving and hybrid area of practice that unpicks the multiple messages in worn and performed clothing and fashion. The exhibition brings together an extraordinary selection of contemporary moving image based works from artists and designers including Hussein Chalayan, BOUDICCA, Lucy and Jorge Orta, Maria Blaisse, Marie Schuller, Barth Hess and Lucy McRae, Adele Varco, Ricarda Bigolin and Nella Themelios, Jessica Bugg, Anna-Nicole Ziesche, Ulrik Martin Larsen, Heyniek and others.


The cross disciplinary artists in this exhibition demonstrate the potential of embodied engagement that draws on an inherent awareness of both fashion and performance within their methodologies and aesthetic. Fashion & Performance; Materiality, Meaning, Media is the outcome of the curators’ individual and collaborative research. The research and resulting exhibition draws from the need to recognise and understand the plurality of messages in worn and performed clothing or fashion within contemporary society and the undeniably tightly interlinked relationship to performance. The work of the artists shown here is selected and discussed outside of commercial imperatives usually associated with fashion and demonstrates to us a commitment to investigate and communicate ideas around dress, body, narrative and performance in ways which go beyond the traditional parameters of fashion or performance.


As a building dedicated to design research, interdisciplinary practice and collaborative thinking, Design Hub intends to operate less like a traditional gallery than with the intensity of a studio environment, presenting work in progress and enabling research exchange.


The exhibition is curated by Dr Jessica Bugg, Associate Professor RMIT University Fashion and Textiles and Anna-Nicole Ziesche, Research Fellow: Design for Performance, London College of Fashion in collaboartion with the Design Hub curators Kate Rhodes and Fleure Watson.


The production and realisation of TIME OUT was supported by RMIT Design Hub and:


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Margret Wibmer’s performance “Time Out” as the title of the work suggests, invites us to interrupt our daily routine and pause for a moment, but it also invites us to form our own reasons for taking time or making it. ‘Time Out’ is an invitation to break form in public and before an audience. The intervention is uncomplicated: visitors are invited to wear a robe-like garment covering their clothes, and choose a place to lie down in the exhibition space for as long as they wish. The garment, designed and individually hand-crafted by Wibmer, signifies a transition into another mode and works as a protective medium between the wearer, the space and any onlookers. Together with the unusual invitation to lie down in a public space, the re-shaping of identity is included within the artist’s proposition.


“Time Out” plays with a shift in spatial relations, and also breaks form in relation to ground. It shifts subjectivity by simple means of changing perspective and orientation – allowing viewers to be on the ground looking up at the ceiling and, in other moments, to stand above bodies at rest as they merge and disappear into the ground. The special convergence of axes here involves the encounter of a forward rush of movement with the arresting halt of time. Wibmer breaks open further new questions through this convergence: How is horizontality becoming? Where does the form go? What does the invitation to lie flat in a public place involve? What is its relationship to time? How does it work as a gentle act of resistance


Horizontality, achieved every day when we sleep, becomes a socially significant act when it is performed in public. As the horizontal form becomes absorbed within the architectural space, formlessness and time-taking, resist the endless headlong rush of productivity and speed. It also reworks predictable methods of artistic production by not only offering an experience but by also setting up the conditions for heightened sensitivity to one’s surroundings, for rules and taboos to be broken, and for preconceptions to be tested and adjusted. Wibmer believes we need this reminder, and creates work with the aim that this act might tip the balance back to a more liveable relationship with time. It is a reminder that we need to stop, and that doing so will not, in turn, stop the world from turning.


(Excerpts from a text written by Marianna Maruyama about Margret Wibmer’s work Time Out. )



The following images give some sense of the rich interplay of participating artist’s works. Photographs by Tobias Titz.



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The project was also documented in a video which is currently shown as part of the exhibition at the design hub.


A selection of video stills:



Dressing and undressing – 10 long overcoats specifically designed for this project by Margret Wibmer waiting to be used.




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changing clothing is the first step in a transition towards a different awareness of one’s body, the architectural space and the social context.


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The coats were closed by fetching both front pieces of the jacket and pulling it through a rubber ring. this intimate gesture is an important part of the ritual of dressing and prolongs the moment of transition.




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After putting on the coats in the dressing area, participants were guided by project assistants. The floor mat was prepared with a black piece of black cloth before participants were invited to positioned themselves. The assistant arranged the clothing and ensured maximum comfort. Providing individual care and attention is an important part of this project.


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The exhibition space was filled with projection screens on the walls and ceiling, depicting the works of participating artists. As the performance was also documented on video and camera using several mounted and two hand held camera’s the space was densely mediated.


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