From mid-September part of Garage Atrium will be occupied by a new project for the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, a large-scale biomorphic sculpture by the group Numen/For Use made from cellulose adhesive tape.
Resembling a semi-transparent tentacular structure or a rhizomatic plant inside of which visitors can wander, the corridors of interconnected cocoons will largely reproduce the architecture we observe in nature. Numen/For Use have installed site-specific tape installations in institutions around the world, but this is the first time they have used such a biodegradable tape, which was developed by the German company Compostella in collaboration with the artists. About 900 square meters will be wrapped layer upon layer, transforming from the chaotic skeleton the installation resembles at the start into a uniform finished structure. Visitors will be able to enter the sculpture and spend time inside it, an experience that can be compared to being in a womb or in a completely alien world.
The works in this series mimic the world we live in, with its interconnections and branches coming from a core structure that is horizontal rather than vertical, multilayered, and built on self-tensioning anchor points. They are a visualization of the Other, a biomorphic, organic world with soft walls and an unstable base, which triggers various reactions. Some people have described feeling skeptical and insecure in this new environment, others have experienced it as regressing back into childhood, with the sculpture’s shape encouraging playfulness and carefree behavior, inducing visitors to roll around and crawl on all fours.
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