Director, Camera, Sound: Bernadette Weigel
Cut: Ewa Stern
Sound Design: Philip Zauner

Bernadette Weigel visits Hildegard Absalon. Absalon talks about the wear and tear of the body and the artistic occupation itself. She talks about her work which takes a lot of time, patience and often too much energy. In the course of the interview Absalon unwraps her loom which she had stored away years ago. On the loom there still is a yet unfinished gobelin. Hildegard Absalon sorts through threads - maybe she will be captivated by the loom once again.

Hildegard Absalon is an Austrian tapestry artist. She taught decorative design and decorative textiles at the University of Vienna. She is also a freelance gobelin weaver and has realized designs by artists like Maria Lassnig, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Günter Brus among others. Since 1982 she has focused on realizing exclusively her own designs. Hildegard Absalon is a master of the detail in this now only seldom used technique. Her works are evidence of great wit and self-referential power.

Exhibitions (selection): 1975 'Magna Feminismus: Kunst und Kreativität' at the Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; 1996 'Chaos Wahnsinn' at the Kunsthalle Krems; 2000 'Schau der Arbeiten' at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India; 2003 'Mimosen, Rosen, Herbstzeitlosen. Künstlerinnen. Positionen 1945 bis Heute' at the Kunsthalle Krems; 2011 'Female in progress' at Grünspan - Plattform für Kunst und Kultur im Drautal.

BERNADETTE WEIGEL

Born 1977. Studied Theater, Film and Media Studies at the Unversity of Vienna and Camera and Directing Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Films (selection): MARIE (2009), EINE FRAU (2009), GAME OVER (2009), WIENS KULTURSÖLDNER (2008). The short film MARIE was screened at the Diagonale 2010 film festival. The short film GAME OVER was screened at the Vienna Independent Shorts film festival in 2009. Bernadette Weigel ist currently working on the documentary: VOYAGEUSE ENTHOUSIASTE - NOTES OF A TRAVELLER.

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