What connects industrial designers Austrian Christoph Katzler, German Sven Jonke and Croatian Nikola Radejkovic? Tapes, films, ropes, ropes, threads, as well as technologies, thanks to which it is possible to tie or glue temporary architectural forms from them.
Numen (noumenon) is a term from Kant's Theory of Knowledge, meaning a thing, as a purely transcendental object, primordial matter.
Having joined the Numen/For use group, the artists create installations similar to insect houses that are glued or tied to the concrete of monumental architectural objects.
Yes, Des Moine's last film installations, created for the exhibition Drawing in Space, was located inside the space of the lower and upper galleries of IMPei, a masterpiece of high modernist architecture at the Des Moines Center for the Arts in Iowa, USA.
The tubular structure, which the artists themselves described as "parasitic", was created from layers of ordinary cling film fixed on brackets. The lightness and transparency of the installation contrasted with the rough concrete surface of the walls and the expressive strict geometry of the building.
Visitors could get inside this swaying surrealist sculpture, thus turning it into an architectural environment quite comfortable for relaxation.
This is not Numen's first film installation, previously the artists wove their spider's nests in the galleries of Paris, Vienna and Frankfurt. In Vienna, they stretched the installation between the columns of the Odeon Theater, and in Paris, they hung it from the ceiling of the Museum of Modern Art in the Tokyo Palace.
Numen experimented with huge meshes and knitted fabrics, with felt and technical textiles. They also use their skills for scenography - they create scenery for theatrical performances, cooperating with theaters throughout Europe.