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Thu, Sep 14


Yellowhouse Art Centre

Agente Costura

Sewing machine artist, Lisa Simpson, is coming to Galiano, September 14, with her project, Agente Costura

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Agente Costura
Agente Costura

Time & Location

Sep 14, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yellowhouse Art Centre, 2517 Sturdies Bay Rd, Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0, Canada


About the event

Sewing machine artist, Lisa Simpson, is coming to Galiano, September 14, with her project, Agente Costura

Agente Costura is a participatory performance art project with a musical sewing machine, talking hats and musical handbags. Lisa Simpson is an electronics and noise enthusiast, builder of trashy instruments out of discarded objects. Lisa has been playing the Singer, a sewing machine, since 2003. In the daytime she tackles unwanted clothing, pins them down and cuts them up, transforming them into new wearable shapes. By transforming wardrobes she is questioning contemporary consumption habits, bringing forth a discussion around the sustainability of the fashion industry. At nighttime the Singer joins her fellow musicians and Lisa sews to the beat of the music, improvising on clothing based on rhythm and sound. The prepared sewing machine is amplified to become a musical instrument and layers of sound are looped as layers of fabric are stitched together, creating a dreamlike soundscape, enhanced by self built wearable oscillators and feedback machines.

An Up-cycling Workshop, starting at 2 pm

A performance, starting at 7pm, featuring

Agente Costura: soft noise with stitched and glitched machines

Ben Brown: drums

Roksan Parfitt: visual artist

and guests

About Lisa Simpson:

Lisa has a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts from Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, a Master of Applied Arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and is a recent graduate of the Institute for Art in Context at Universität der Künste Berlin. She has performed extensively on an international level, including Goethe Institut Jakarta, Schneidertempel Istanbul, Akademie der Künste, HKW, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum der Fünf Kontinente Munich, the Bimhuis Amsterdam, Curitiba Fashion Week, among others. Lisa currently lives and works in Berlin, and is involved in projects in collaboration with a range of artists and interested audiences.


  • Agente Costura Workshop

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  • Agente Costura Performance

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