The spring-summer exhibition at Textilmuseet invites visitors to explore the three-dimensional net installation Tube. The suspension of the net makes it swing and move as you move together through the winding formation. The transparency creates a feeling of floating freely as well as a tension between the security of being surrounded by the supporting net and the danger of the dizzying height.
The design collective Numen / For Use works across borders with design, scenography and architecture. They are particularly known for large, intricate installations that visitors can take part of physically by climbing into, crawling through, or hiding inside. In the exhibition at the Textile Museum, the interactive installation Tube will be shown for the first time in the Nordic countries. The work consists of tunnels of net which the visitors are invited to climb through and experience the room from a completely new perspective.
Tube was first shown in 2015 in Austria and has since been set up in 6 more locations around Europe. The installation is a hybrid of art and design– a kind of "social sculpture" in the shape of a giant spider's web that stretches in all directions, circles around the pillars and breaks the straight lines of the room with irregular diagonals.
Tube at The Textile Museum of Sweden
Like all works by Numen / For Use, the installation is adapted to the room and at the Textile Museum it consist two tunnels of 48 and 74 meters respectively. The material is a safety net of polypropylene rope that has been sewn together by hand to shape the tunnels. Safety is important and the construction is carefully calculated so that 5 people can climb in each tunnel at a time.
Rules for everyone’s safety and well-being:
- Take your shoes off.
- Leave bags, shawls, pendants etc. outside the net. Empty your pockets of things that might fall out.
- The tunnels are "one-way", do not climb backwards.
- No climbing on the outside of the net.
- A maximum of 5 people at a time may climb in each tunnel. Wait for your turn.
- Do not gather more than 3 people in the same place.
- Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's climbing.
- Jumping and swinging is not allowed. Take it easy and be considerate of each other.
- Follow the exhibition host’s instructions.
is a collaborative design studio based in Vienna and Zagreb consisting of the three industrial designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković. Originally focusing on functional and simplistic furniture design in the late 1990s, the trio has come to work increasingly artistically and conceptually. They have made scenography for theaters around Europe, big-scale “total design” projects, as well as experimental works in the borderland between art and design that often consist of simple materials such as tape, rope, nets and carpets. Numen/For Use has won several international awards for both their industrial design and scenography and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe, America and Asia. In Sweden, they have shown the installation Tape at Färgfabriken in Stockholm (2012), Örebro Open Art (2013) and in Wanås (2022).
Photo: Anna Sigge