The human weaving machine

Participative performance, drawings  and surreal weaving machine

2014

Visitors are invited to hold threads and become the moving parts of a weaving machine. In the room also stands my other machine the “weaving drawer”.  On a small monitor a simple animation shows the participants how to operate the human loom. I dyed the ropes in black and red so that the participants know which rope to lift. This setup reminds us of the foundations of manual labour, technology and how fabric is actually made. My early memories of the old loom in our attic and later the visits to the textile factory of my grandfather might have been influential in this and I could not imagine a better place than the Bauhaus Dessau to showcase these two strange machines.

animated instructions for performers: