Unweaving machine prototype

wood, metal springs, polyester rope, heddles, industrially woven jute fabric

2022

This is the prototype of a machine that unweaves industrially produced fabric. The work is part of a larger installation that speaks about a number of problems related to industrial production. The machine I invented tries to reverse a process that has become increasingly problematic since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The machine is built for 2 people to deconstruct a woven structure by hand together. The pedals need to be pushed simultaneously in a certain order so the fabric opens up and a woven thread can be pulled out. The task of operating this seemingly unproductive machine is unusual and thus gives the operators a chance to rethink normative directions and logics of capitalistic production.