Uprising of the textile signs

Melodies from the sewing machine, portable architecture and a vendor’s tray as a mobile repair workshop: With the duo “Mediendienst Leistungshölle”, the offcuts become jewelry and the leftovers sparkle in the spotlight. Munich-based artists Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller make music with sewing machines and silky bass lines. The stage becomes an open studio, sewing and mending to live sound.
The two create their objects and installations from second-hand textiles, organic and discarded materials. Sometimes they appear as props in video works, sometimes they become playable contact and meeting surfaces in public spaces.
In the online impulse, Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller show selected projects that bring movement into narrowly defined standardizations. The focus is primarily on experimental fashion and textile art projects. How can we find ways out of our throwaway society and towards a vibrant repair culture?
The two artists encourage us to take a closer look at the forgotten, the abandoned, the broken and the discarded. What windows open up when repairing moves into art? What happens when handiwork unlearns old patterns and re-establishes them? What spaces of possibility are created when repairs are carried out with the joy of experimentation?

The MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE is the Munich base of Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller. The two work at the interface between artistic research and practice. Experimental fashion, sound and video art, painting and performance meet social sciences. The Munich-based artist duo creates spatial installations and film projects. They also develop objects from organic materials and second-hand textiles, which become sound devices or wearable architecture in the course of performances and interventions in public spaces. At concerts and performances, the stage becomes an open studio and the sewing machine a musical instrument.
As queer-feminist artists, Dietl and Müller are interested in “unsafe spaces”. They see these as shells with many open windows that open up perspectives beyond clear attributions.
Dietl and Müller have been active in Munich’s underground scene for many years. They have also shown their works in institutions such as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW, Berlin), the documenta Halle, the Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Schirn in Frankfurt, the Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
They have toured with their mixed media projects on scholarships (Goethe Institute, British Arts Council, etc.) in Belgium, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA.



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The event is part of the series „eARTh: Klima, Kunst, Kultur“.