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The Austrian/Croatian designstudio For Use/Numen presented their impressing tape installation during this year’s DMY festival in Berlin. Due to the large area it was not possible to mount the installation as it was conceived like a kind of parasite, site specific object, which uses the existing architecture as docking units. Instead it was built into a custom scaffolding construction, executed within four days (approximately 160 working hours) utilizing almost 700 conventional transparent tapes (45 km of tape).





“The tendons of multiple layers of transparent adhesive tape are firstly stretched in between a construction. The following continuous wrapping of tendons results in a complex, amorphous surface through the process reminiscent of growing of organic forms. The idea for the installation originates in a set design concept for a dance performance in which the form evolves from the movement of the dancers between the pillars. The dancers are stretching the tape while they move, so the resulting shape is a (tape) recording of the choreography”, the designers explain.






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Tape installation at the HDD gallery in Zagreb by For Use/Numen

Tape installation at the HDD gallery in Zagreb by For Use/Numen

Tape installation at the HDD gallery in Zagreb by For Use/Numen

Tape installation at the HDD gallery in Zagreb by For Use/Numen

The Design group For Use was formed trough the collaboration of Sven Jonke, Christopher Katzler, and Nikola Radeljkovic, based in Zagreb and Vienna. For Use stands mainly for product design. They work for companies like Moroso, Element or Zanotta. But under the name Numen they are also realizing interior concepts and set designs. Here is an example of a set design which was executed as an installation at the gallery of Croation Designer’s Society in Zagreb in May this year.

Tape installation at the HDD gallery in Zagreb by For Use/Numen

Tape installation at the HDD gallery in Zagreb by For Use/Numen

Cardboard tubes acquired from waste of carpet dealers were fixed at the floor and the ceiling. The tape was first randomly wrapped around the columns, forming the cords of the future spatial structure. From the subsequent multiple wrapping of tape over tape the complex organic surface of the installation emerged. Even though various geometrical systems of addition of the tape were tested during the building of the installation, the resulting shapes were always mutually similar, as if the forms with chaotic, organic growth have the same, ungraspable inner order as natural beings.

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