Agente Costura

July 5, 2013
Performance Art, Gathering/Meal/Social, Music

About the Program

On July 5, 2013, artist Lisa Simpson transformed grunt gallery during a full-day performance involving sewing, music and sound, and social interaction. The project, Agente Costura, questions clothing consumption habits, bringing forth a discussion around the sustainability of the fashion industry. Unwanted apparel is reconstructed into new garments and fashions through a sewing practice that Simpson refers to as “upcycling.” Attendees were invited to search their wardrobes for clothing to bring to this event; the artist then reimagined these items through an interactive process. Viewers were also encouraged to bring a song that they wished to hear while this textile transformation took place. The sound influenced the alterations as the artist sewed to the beat of the music. During the evening, Simpson brought musicians together with a rhythm provided by The Singer, the artist’s sewing machine. The public was invited to dress up, with various costume accessories and garments that transformed them from viewers into performers, creating an intervention that merged the act of live music and live sewing.


2013.0705 AGE


grunt gallery (second location)
116-350 E. 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 4R8
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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