Regina (Maria) Möller
Regina (Maria) Möller is a German artist and author. In 1994, she founded the magazine “regina”, an adaptation of the format of mainstream women’s fashion magazine and their notion of women’s everyday life, though dealt with differently, often through the production of discourse. In the same year, she launched the label “embodiment” that produces limited editions of furniture, wallpaper, carpets, accessories and clothes imbuing their materials with new, unusual meanings. It functions as a research field about the relation between the body and the societal costume and environment at large.
Möller’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in venues including Manifesta 1, 45th Venice Biennale, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Tate Liverpool, Wiener Secession, 3rd Berlin Biennial, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Tate St. Ives, Kunstverein München, MuMoK (Museum of Modern Art), Vienna, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, among others.
Möller also contributes continuously with talks, lectures and workshops worldwide, having been professor and guest professor at international universities including Kungliga Konsthögskolan, (Royal Academy of Fine Arts), Stockholm, Visual Art Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States, DJK, Denmark, and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (KiT/ NTNU), Norway. Möller is currently a Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Clothing, patterns and textiles as text in Southeast Asia. Cultural interrelations and question of identities.
“Patterns – cloth and textiles as text in Southeast Asia – imbedding cultural interrelations and the question of identities” in times of global sameness, is Regina (Maria) Möller‘s research focus. Möller’s research in The Lab stems from her interest in the trademark headdress of Samsui women, and will elaborate with time through experimental, collaborative and participatory forms of research practice. During workshops, lectures or formats of story telling, new layers will be added to reflect upon each other and trigger next threads for an ever expanding weave.
Image credit: Material Encounters. Workshop by Dinu Bodiciu as part of Interrogative Pattern – Text(ile) Weave, 16 January 2016. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.
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For a designer, regardless of any particular field of practice, material is the key of expression, which can shape ideas in a multitude of possibilities. The workshop by fashion designer Dinu Bodiciu explores the materiality of a fashion artefact as the stimulus for various stories told from different perspectives.
This workshop is part of the research project Interrogative Pattern – Text(ile) Weave by Regina (Maria) Möller.
Dinu Bodiciu is a Romanian fashion and accessories designer currently teaching Fashion Design in Singapore at LASALLE College of the Arts. His designs are conceptualised as extensions of human body as well as articulations of our desires and fantasies. In his practice, he looks into new technologies and how these can be applied to fashion & accessories design. His projects include collaborations with Lady Gaga, Hunger Games 3&4, KCPK, while his designs have been featured in various fashion & design magazines and specialist books published around the world.
Garments are our chosen – second – skin. Their texture changes with time; they tear, leave scents and traces of stories and bygone histories.
In this workshop, participants create a garment that is multi-layered in its construction. For example, the layers refer to multi- functional use or to a variety of textiles, and materials it is made of which imply different cultural backgrounds. The pattern of this garment is based on the folds of the Samsui headdress and implies the many stories told and shared while working hands-on.
This workshop is part of the research project Interrogative Pattern – Text(ile) Weave by Regina (Maria) Möller at The Lab, 4 December 2015 – 20 March 2016.
Requirements: Please bring a spare piece of textile or garment for the workshop.
Galina Mihaleva is an Assistant Professor at the school of the NTU School of Art, Design & Media where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Prior to joining NTU, Galina taught at Arizona State University for more than 15 years. Her interest in fashion lies in exploring the extent to which we experience fashion (emotional, intellectual and sensual aspects) and how we might be able to accomplish a higher state of connectivity between the body and our clothing.
Regina (Maria) Möller is a Visiting Professor at NTU School of Art, Design & Media and Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore.
1 Mar 2016, Tue - 4 Mar 2016, Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm
This week-long workshop on curating by Visiting Professor Regina (Maria) Möller will focus on printed media as an example for “space” for creative and curatorial practices. Through presentations, discussions, readings, and site visits, participants are encouraged to translate their ideas into a visual and spatial format. [Full programme here]
As places are limited, kindly register for the workshop here.
Regina (Maria) Möller is an artist, writer and educator, founder of “regina” magazine and the (art) label “embodiment”. Her work is experimental, crossdisciplinary and gender-oriented and includes a wide spectrum of disciplines and mediums to make her work accessible to a broader public. She is currently a Visiting Professor at NTU School of Art, Design & Media and Visiting Research Fellow at NTU CCA Singapore.
Samsui women migrated from Southern China to Singapore in the early decades of the twentieth century to toil mainly as construction workers. They were easily recognised through their distinctive red headscarves, black tunic and black pants which formed the livery that they wore to work every day. In the past few decades, these women have formed the subject of a plethora of social memory texts, ranging from art, literature, and popular history books to various media outlets and community exhibitions. This talk presents the different material forms through which samsui women have been remembered and merchandised, and addresses the politics of remembering and forgetting.
This talk is part of the research project Interrogative Pattern – Text(ile) Weave by Regina (Maria) Möller at The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 4 December 2015 – 20 March 2016.
Kelvin Low is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His recent publications include books on Remembering the Samsui Women: Migration and Social Memory in Singapore and China (UBC Press 2014; NUS Press 2015), Everyday Life in Asia: Social Perspectives on the Senses (Ashgate 2010; co-edited), and journal articles published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnography, The Sociological Review, and Journal of Historical Sociology.
Image credit: Courtesy of Kevin Low
On display in The Vitrine at NTU CCA Singapore from 7 April – 31 May 2016 are garments which are based on the Samsui headscarf. These works have been created by participants of the Multi-layered Garments workshop conducted by Galina Mihaleva, Assistant Professor at NTU School of Art, Design & Media (ADM) where she teaches technology, art and fashion.
The workshop took place at The Lab in February 2016 in the context of the research project Interrogative Pattern – Text(ile) Weave by Regina (Maria) Möller, Visiting Professor at NTU ADM in collaboration with NTU CCA Singapore. Workshop participants include Elsie Lim, Lucy Jones, Grace Sung, Teh Ting Ting, Felicia Ow and NTU ADM faculty members Michelle Lim, Laura Miotto, Elke Evelin Reinhuber and Ben Alvin Shedd.
In January 2016, Möller also hosted a workshop Material Encounters with fashion designer Dinu Bodiciu exploring the materiality of a fashion artefact which ties in to Möller’s research that addresses materials and patterns of garments, memory, labour and textile production to trace interrelations between the West and Southeast Asia.
Image credits: Courtesy of Regina (Maria) Möller