Film screening | Stoff der Heimat (engl. Fabric of home) | Director: Othmar Schmiderer
What is the texture of this material – what does it feel like? The film investigates the phenomenon of traditional costumes in all its diversity – including their cultural and political background, and the national legends surrounding them – from the earliest times to the present-day, featuring examples from Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland and South Tyrol.
It focuses on the habitat and dress-codes of the individual protagonists or groups, exploring the political and social significance of rituals and lifestyles, and the exuberant symbolism associated with them. It shows different approaches to tradition in relation to the conflicting demands of modern times, and examines the construction of identity and the idea of ‘home’.
The film explores traditional Austrian folk costume, or Tracht, in all its facets, laying bare the FABRIC OF HOME as a many-threaded, closely-woven fabric, as clothing, business, fashion, ideology, symbol, creed and weapon. The old appellation for this form of clothing has in the meantime become a playful sign of distinction – as has the fashion. A foray into the whole milieu, back through its history, and across all the regions where it is found.
Othmar Schmiderer was born in 1954 in Lofer, in the Province of Salzburg. Since 1973, he lives in Vienna. More infos:
When: Octocer 21, 2015 | event starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008