Bianca Figl  Artistic Profile Research
“Metamorphose and Transformation”

Bianca's research project Metamorphose and Transformation explores how material archives can feed into one’s creative process.

Having worked in an ethnographic museum, she was often exposed to debates concerning the restitution of objects acquired in the heydays of European colonialism and certain construction and categorization of the world. Her project observes what kinds of knowledge have not been included into certain historical archive canons.

Most of Bianca's movement practice and training is based on various Indonesian dance styles, where traces of complex histories of post-independent Indonesia can be found. As she now resides in Vienna, Austria she decided to seek points of connection between her local archives and beyond.

As a starting point Bianca delves into works by Richard Teschner (born March 22, 1879, in Karlsbad, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary; † July 4, 1948, in Vienna). Teschner was an artist of the Viennese Art Nouveau, artisan in the Wiener Werkstätte and puppeteer. He transferred the art of Javanese figure/wayang theater into the context and time of Viennese modernism.

© KHM-Museumsverband

The presentation at the Moving Margins symposiums will give an introduction and insight into the first findings.

Performance of ‘Nawang Wulan’ at the Theatermuseum Vienna, Nov 2021

Bianca Mayasari Figl realises projects in collaboration with colleagues from various disciplines at the interface of dance/research/education/archive. From 2012-2020 she worked at the Weltmuseum Wien in the field of program development, education and outreach. Bianca completed studies in Japanese Studies / Art History (AT), Classical / Traditional Dance (IDN), Arts & Heritage Studies (NL), Contemporary Dance Performance (IRL). In 2007 and 2009 she was awarded a scholarship for the studies of Dance at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta and in 2019 at the Akademie der Künste Berlin “What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage today ”. Currently undertaking a PhD in Arts Practice Research at the University of Limerick (IRL). She works as a lecturer at the University of Vienna on Museum/Education and as a curator at the ArtSocialSpace Brunnenpassage.

Moving Margins Chapter II
moving arti|facts from the margins of dance archives
into accessible scores and formats

- STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and Media with
in the
framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR.
Assistance Program for Dance.