Marian (mau) Schoettle is a transdisciplinary project artist who explores material culture with the conviction that the ordinary can be provoked and reinterpreted in order to become a a form of social intervention and artistic expression. Studio output includes clothing design, installation, interactive scenarios, absurd and earnest public occupation which focus on shifting the perimeters of personal experience. mau re-imagines humble artifacts of daily life – clothing, tools, blankets, shelters – in order to reconfigure social assumptions and alter our understanding of reality.
major collaborations and diverse participatory projects
2019 Compression, public engagement, phosphorescent installation about the shifting sands of the Toronto Islands in which objects take on new adaptive meaning. La Nuit Blanche, Toronto
2018 DECALEZ, public project about mapping and mending. Chalkboard globe, pulleys, tarps, stories, maps, and reassembled garments are sewn in public. Dos Mares, Marseille, France
2018 New Love, theater and performance collaboration on stories of contemporary western queer desire with Tony Whitfield+. Spinning enormous kitchen table, 7 performers, mutable clothing, projected images of flooding and sound. (costume, soft props, audience engagement) La MaMa Theater & Howl Gallery, NYC
2014 Clouet Gardens Project, a public project in the Clouet Gardens – an occupation of unorganized territory in a conflict zone of disputed entitlement. Bureaucratic file cases, parachutes, a surveillance beacon, a swing and telephone dangling from the old oak tree, a steering wheel, a train whistle, tents and the full text of the lawsuit against 94 Oil and Gas Companies. The Fringe Festival, New Orleans https://www.clouetgardensproject.org
2013 The Mine Project / DaDa SPILL, a massive security breach is played out with our unwitting complicity in a participatory crowd project within an abandoned cement mine. The absurdist cavern of bureaucracy includes paperwork, customer service, flashlights, interpretive guides and a phisherman. Data storage is transposed as new geological strata in this dark-humored crowd project with collaborator Kate Hamilton, 28 volunteers, 300 participants. The Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale, NY https://www.themineproject-dadaspill.net
2010 The White Garden Watermill International Summer Program, with Robert Wilson and Andre Bartenev.
2009 Refractions, costumes, Clyde Forth Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC
A la Pintura, costumes, La Roulette, NYC
2018 POST INDUSTRIAL FOLK WEAR PROJECTS. Clothing as a catalyst for urban disruption and engagement on the sidewalks of Brooklyn and Berlin, Manhattan, in Chashama Storefront NYC, and Conflux Psychogeography Festivals.
2011 -2018 gift giving – mau engages with interpersonal gift giving at the Women’s March NYC, Millions March NYC, Climate March NYC, Occupy NYC
1992 – 1998 TROPIST FOUNDATION, Amsterdam, NL, Dutch artist collective. The Riddle in the Old Church – 1996 interactive phosphorescent light/sound/object installation in a medieval church, Ouderkerk, Amsterdam, NL. The Messenger/ Hermit II – The Mess Age 1995 installation with transistor radios, parabolic dishes, and spinning camera obscuras, Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic.
presentations – clothing, textiles, objects (select)
2019 Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2019 Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron, Peters Valley School of Craft 2018 Bojagi International Festival, a reinterpretation of traditional ceremonial textile tradition, Seoul, S. Korea. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Smithsonian & Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Shows 2014 States of Security Clothing and hybrid tools, KMOCA Kingston, NY 2014 GROUNDSWELL, sound/object site installation, Olana & Wave Farm, Hudson.
2011 The Arab Spring, paper cutouts, The Shirt Factory Kingston NY 2011 In Situ, material culture, KMOCA Kingston NY 2010 STORM/Structure: Dress Cartography Series NYC, London, Paris, Amsterdam 2001 Blue Dress/ Form and Feel, 10 cyanotype dresses. Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, NYC 1999 Circles and Squares: Folded and Punched, clothing, Bernard Toale, Boston 1998 Flow Visualization, clothing, Julie: Artisan’s Gallery, NYC 1998 Fishing in Muddy Water, clothing, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston 1996 Night Walk 11 photographic dresses. Galerie MARZEE, Amersfoort, 1993 Kinderspel, installation, The Textile Museum of the Netherlands, Tilburg 1992 The Dilated Eye, sound/light/object installation, Time Based Arts, Amsterdam 1983 – 2013 Julie: Artisan’s Gallery, yearly exhibitions NYC
University level TEACHING & WORKSHOPS 1984 – 1995 Art and design Academies: Gerrit Reitveld in Amsterdam, The Royal College of Art in the Hague, University of Art and Design in Tilburg, NL, and the University of Wales in Newport – ‘Art as a Form of Social Intervention’
CLOTHING mau studio since 1983
REPRESENTATION Julie: Artisan’s Gallery NYC 1983-2013
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Victoria & Albert Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, Textile Museum NL, Municipal Museum in the Hague, Art in Embassy Program in Geneva and Baku.
GROUP MUSEUM SHOWS Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, The Dutch Textile, The Hague Municipal, the Victoria and Albert, Manchester, Wraclow Architecture, Bayreath, Helsinki Art, de Young, Dorsky, New York State, Noyes, and others.
GROUP GALLERY SHOWS BOGAGI, Seuil, South Korea, England & Co. London, Battersea and Camden Arts London, Helen Drutt Philadelphia, SPOT Poland, Dieu Donne NYC, Avignon Festival and others.
GRANTS & SUBSIDIES Mondrian Funds, Amsterdam Art Funds, The Dutch Government, The British Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, Robert Wilson & Watermill Foundation, Women’s Studio Workshop w/ Kate Hamilton, CHASHAMA NYC, Haystack Open Studio Residency
AWARDS 2019& 2018 Awards of Excellence and Best of Show: Bellevue Art Museum Art Festival, Cherry Creek Denver Art Festival, American Craft Council Show San Francisco,
2017 Smithsonian Museum New Directions Award – Excellent Design of the Future 2016 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Craft by James Renwick Alliance.
COMMUNITY Public Access Television Program 1999 – 2002 , produced and directed community and public service weekly program. Esopus Library, NY
BIBLIOGRAPHY 2017 The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professional, Rob Thompson, Thames & Hudson 2014 Fabrics for Fashion, The Complete Guide, Clive Hallett, Amanda Johnston, Lawrence King 2005 Artwear, Fashion and Anti-Fashion, Melissa Leventon, Thames and Hudson, Magazines: Zoom, Ornament, Textile/ Art, Ruimte, Smithsonian Newsletter, Chronogram
STUDIO mau – pob 299, Esopus NY 12429 USA 1995-‐89 Amsterdam, 1989-85 Paris, 1985-83 London, 1983 –80 Phila. and NYC