Hella Jongerius - Jongeriuslab


Woven Systems

  • Year: 2021
  • Material: Mixed media including textiles, yarn, metal, paper and various materials
  • Commission: Gropius Bau
  • Production: Jongeriuslab
  • Category: Exhibition
  • Category: One-offs / experiments

For Woven Systems, Jongeriuslab experimented with yarns, weaves, textures and weaving’s fundamental logic – the intersection of threads in a grid. The interplay of transparent and dense layers characterises this series. These continue to produce new images and contexts, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Jongerius is fascinated by weaving’s rigid nature, which she employs as a symbol to think about systems, grids, layers, and connections. Western thinking, in particular, reduces processes to categories and rules, imposing a linear logic upon a circular planet. Economy, society and environment are increasingly interdependent systems that form a great whole. The well-being of one affects the other’s vitality. Our food chains, weather systems, fashion cycles and art networks are all interconnected. Jongerius believes that systems’ design processes create meaning; but also that they can simultaneously constrict and intimidate. She questions how we relate to these networks of connections that are beyond our control.

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