Bianca Figl  Artistic Profile Research
“Metamorphose and Transformation”

The current state of my research looks into how material archives can feed into the creative process and how different forms of knowledge traditions can be discussed.

Having worked in an ethnographic museum, debates around the restitution of objects acquired in the heydays of European colonialism and certain construction and categorization of the world were prevalent. My current research tries to look into what kind of knowledge(s) has/have not made it into certain canons of archives.

Most of my movement practice and training is based on different dance styles from Indonesia, where traces of the complex histories of post-independent Indonesia can be found as embodied memories.

For this reason and the fact that I’m based and practising in Vienna, I tried to look into different sorts of archives, seeking to find points of connection. 

As a starting point I looked into the works of Richard Teschner (born March 22, 1879, in Karlsbad, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary; † July 4, 1948, in Vienna). He was an artist of the Viennese Art Nouveau, artisan in the Wiener Werkstätte and puppeteer. He transferred the art of Javanese figure/wayang theatre 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 realizes projects in collaboration with colleagues from various disciplines at the interface of dance/research/education/archive. 2012-2020 at the Weltmuseum Wien in the field of program development, education and outreach. Studies in Japanese Studies / Art History (AT), Classical / Traditional Dance (IDN), Arts & Heritage Studies (NL), Contemporary Dance Performance (IRL). 2007-2009 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.