with master weaver and plant dye practitioner Cornelia Larcher
and artist Romy Rüegger and textile designer Kira Kessler in attendance
Curated by Simone Mair
Türkischrot. Die Farbrezepte, streng geheim. Viele Meter lang auf das Muster schauen, im Takt des Druckers, dem du die Farbe anrührst. Die Dromedare, die Tanzenden, die Dattelpalmen und die Äffchen. Die Erzählung einer fernen Welt, die du mitherstellst.
(excerpt from the performance A Fabric in Turkey Red)
Artist Romy Rüegger translates her performative practice into spatial installations at ar/ge kunst. The work A Fabric in Turkey Red tells the story of the Turkey red dye-works in Glarnerland (Switzerland) at the beginning of the nineteenth century and of an exotic patterned fabric that was shipped to the East via Ancona. Turkey red dye was derived from the root of the common madder (rubia tinctorum) in a protracted production process. With plant dye practitioner Cornelia Larcher participants will dye sheep’s wool using madder root while listening to interwoven histories from the exhibition, with artist Romy Rüegger and textile designer Kira Kessler.
The dyeing workshop is part of the workshop series savoir–vivre, which is conceived in parallel to the ar/gekunst exhibition programme. The title savoir-vivre is based on a re-reading of the terms savoir and pouvoir in the work of Gayatri Spivak, co-founder of postcolonial theory, where knowledge (savoir) is not only linked to power but also to the condition ofbeing able to (pouvoir). This combination of verbs turns the institution into a public space of negotiation and agency where an exploration of different forms of skills and competences produces collective knowledge.
maximum 20 participants
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