Last year, For Use/Numen, an Vienna-based artist collective, installed a suspended network of tunnels made out of 100 pounds of clear packing tape. Visitors were invited to climb into and crawl around in the structure, which resembled the work of hearty silkworms. (Read more about the Tape project here.) Building on that success, For Use has created another interactive public sculpture, this time using layers of flexible netting held in midair.
Titled Net, the work is an extension of the group’s interest in building transparent artificial landscapes of ephemeral architecture in public spaces. (The trio has designed stage sets, as well as furniture for the likes of Moroso and Element, but are now focused on op-art public sculpture.) The installation is currently on view (and use) at Belgium’s Z33 gallery, but the collective hopes to find a public location for it, preferably in a residential alleyway, where the nets would hang between buildings like oversize hammocks, one layer of netting for each floor.
The main requirement is that people are free to interact with the installation. "Nowadays we write it in our contracts that the public has to be able to go inside during normal opening hours," Katzler says. Once inside and crawling around on all fours, visitors tend to let down their guard and start chatting with each other. "That’s why we like to see it in the public," the artist says. "Maybe it is somehow like in a different world and some rules do not count anymore for a while."
Net is on display until October 2 at Z33, in Hasselt, Belgium.