My brother is a green parrot is the result of Noemi Niederhauser’s Graduates Residency 2014 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Amnesia decides is made by a duo: Hélène Combal-Weiss &
Noemi Niederhauser. On one side, they investigate experimental materials
and video in the design process, and on the other side, they use a mix
media based practice concerned with archiving and the interpretation/
misinterpretation of artifacts. It is an approach that results in the
creation of disruptive narratives by choreographing the making and the
meaning in hybrid ways.
Amnesia decides interrogates the place of artifacts as
discourses of knowledge and cultural value. It analyzes how the
appropriation and will to understand cultural elements that do not
belong to one’s own society or time necessarily leads to inaccuracy,
misconception or speculation. Instead of thinking of those notions as
obstacles which should be avoided, the duo allows them to become the
intrinsic subjects of Amnesia decides.
My brother is a green parrot, the first collaborative project of: Amnesia decides has been initiated during a residency at the Victoria & Albert
Museum in London. It is focusing on a textile piece from the museum’s
collection. The cloth, registered as number 854-1901, has been
attributed different origins throughout time and historical analysis.
My brother is a green parrot, shows with no compromise an
episode known as the Woven Identities Ceremony, where the duality of the
cloth’s origins is performed by a group of individuals and flows into a
series of costumes, objects and spaces.
Here are born new understandings, new hypothesis and new reading
strata. Here resonate speculated songs and whispers, possible gestures
and uncertified exchanges. Here is threatened and corrupted the « when »
and « where from ». And so, surrounded by mumbles, ceremony after
ceremony, new customs take shape and establish themselves.