Marian (mau) Schoettle is a transdisciplinary project artist, who explores and subverts material culture.  In 1983 mau established Conceptual Clothing Studio with the conviction that clothing can be a form of social intervention and artistic expression. Output  includes clothing, objects, installations, interactive scenarios and public occupations.

b. Philadelphia 1954 BA Colgate University 1976, Sociology of Art


solo public:

2018  DECALEZ, mapping project, Marseille France. Dos Mares Foundation.


with Tony Whitfield:

2018  New Love, This Dancerie, Tony Whitfield Colabs, La MAMA nyc   (performance costumes and soft props)

RUMINATIONS: Notes on New Love, Tony Whitfield Colabs, HOWL gallery nyc  (costumes and performance)


solo public:

2014  The Clouet Gardens Project, New Orleans Fringe Festival – Site, sound and interactive occupation of an occupied public park.


solo public:

2014  Groundswell: Framing the Viewshed Olana Historical Site and Wave Farm – Sound and site specific installation on grounds of Frederick Church’s historic site.


with Kate Hamilton:

2011 – 2013  The Mine Project  – Dada Spill.  Large scale experimental multi-media performance/installation and crowd project in The Widow Jane cement mine in Rosendale, NY.  A neo-Luddite absurdist exploration of a massive participatory data security breach. In collaboration with Kate Hamilton, plus 30 interpretive guide volunteers. One afternoon.


with Robert Wilson:

2010 The White Garden Andre Bartenev, M. van Behr, Robert Wilson – Watermill International Summer Institute.


solo public engagement and interpersonal gift giving:

2007- POST INDUSTRIAL FOLK WEAR PROJECTS Ongoing public collaborations. Psychogeography projects utilizing clothing as catalyst for urban disruption and engagement. 2014 Millions March, NYC   *   2013 The Climate March, NYC   *   2012 OCCUPY, NYC – Housing crisis/ house coat give away.   *    2008 Kreuzeberg, Berlin – Street manifestation, free garments.   *   2008 Chashama, NYC – Within a derelict storefront, contract negotiations, loaning coats.   *   2007 Conflux Festival, Brooklyn – Street manifestation, interaction project.


with Clyde Forth:

2008 Refractions, Clyde Forth Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC

2007 To Painting, Clyde Forth Dance Theater, iEAR event, Roulette, NYC


with the TROPISTEN:

1992-1997 2013- TROPISTEN Foundation. Ongoing association and collaboration. Theory based art group – M. Schoettle, R. Norda, Bob van Walerveen(d), Alfred Marseille. *   1996 The Riddle,  Ouderkerk, Amsterdam interactive sound, light, performance.  *  1995 The Messenger/ Hermit II, Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic Installation with radios, parabolic dishes, spinning camera obscura.  *  1993 Heavy Light, International Audio Arts Festival,  Zeebelt Theater, The Hague


with Fran Cottell:

1984-1987 Conceptual Clothing Independent research and curation with Fran Cottell.  *  1987 The Painted Bride, Philadelphia. Performance and installation with Fran Cottell and Caroline Broadhead.

1984-87 Conceptual Clothing Exhibition, IKON Gallery, Birmingham England 24 artists, 8-venue tour of Great Britain. 1986 Private Thoughts/ Public Speaking,  Battersea Art Centre, London


2014 States of Security – Clothing and hybrid farm artifacts. KMOCA, Kingston, NY

2012 Slip Away – Clothing made of vintage escape maps. Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, NYC

2011 The Arab Spring – Paper cutouts. The Shirt Factory, Kingston NY Crush Sound and video.  *   In Situ, KMOCA, Kingston NY

2006 – 2011 post industrial folk wear by mau – collaged, painted, recycled plastic paper clothing. Urban Camouflage, Text Stencil/Graffiti Jackets, Detritus Decorations, White Wash, Mail Art, Drop Cloth Coats. Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, NYC

2002 – 2010 STORM/Structure: Dress Cartography Series – NYC, London, Paris, Amsterdam

2001 Blue Dress/ Form and Feel – 10 cyanotype dresses. Julie NY

Circling Home – 3 dimensional thread drawings. Spring Mill Café, Philadelphia

1999 Translucent Clothing, Bernard Toale Gallery

Circles and Squares: Folded and Punched, Bernard Toale Gallery

1998 Flow Visualization, Julie: Artisans’ Gallery

Fishing in Muddy Water, Bernard Toale Gallery

1996 Night Walk – 11 photographic dresses. Galerie MARZEE, Amersfoort NL

1993 Kinderspel – Sculpture, installation, clothing. The Textile Museum of the Netherlands

1992 The Dilated Eye – Sound and visual installation, Time Based Arts, Amsterdam NL

Countless Stitches, Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam

1990 Shadow Motes, Photoworks Gallery, Glasgow Scotland

Inside and Out, Couman’s Gallery, Utrecht NL

1886 Graffiti Dresses,  James Birch Fine Art, London UK

CRAFT and ART SHOWS.  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018    Smithsonian Museum Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Milwaukee, Seattle, Richmond, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta.

COLLECTIONS Victoria and Albert Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Museum of the Rhode Island School of Art, Textile Museum of the Netherlands, Municipal Museum in the Hague, private collection Benno Premsela (d).

GRANTS AND SUBSIDIES New York Foundation for the Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop Fellowship w/ Kate Hamilton, Watermill, CHASHAMA NY, Mondrian Funds, Amsterdam Art Funds, The Dutch Government, The British Arts Council.

GROUP MUSEUM SHOWS Stedelijk Museaum, 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.

TEACHING Guest visiting lecturer 1991 – 1995 Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, The Royal College of Art The Hague, Fine Art Academy Maastricht. +1990-91 Visiting Lecturer in the Textile Department, Academy for Fine Design, Tilburg +1986-88 Workshops relating to Conceptual Clothing Exhibition tour. +1985-1986 Position in Art Department with Roy Ascott. ART AS FORM OF SOCIAL INTERVENTION, University of Wales, Gwent College of Art, Wales

COMMUNITY 1999-2002 Director of Community Service Public Access weekly TV program for local library, Esopus, NY.

LIVE & WORK Since 1995 Esopus, New York USA, 1989-95 Amsterdam NL, 1985-89 Paris France, 1983-85 London, England.

Tel. 845.340.1280

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