10 April–22 June 2014
‘Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane’ presents the works of Norwegian artists such as Brit Fuglevaag, Elisabeth Haarr and Sidsel Paaske, who in the 1970s explored the domestic sphere and the everyday consumer object. Such artists engaged in an intensive quest for a return to traditional crafts, emphasising the profound need to explore alternative creative modes, systems and media. Using weaving techniques, textiles and seriality, they insisted on the communicative role of the two-dimensional surface as one that moves beyond the mere picture. Paralleling their concerns with those of the early weavers, they contested the role of the new electronic media, both in the private and the public spheres. The catalysts of heated debates about the role of artists within society, they aimed to challenge the means deemed appropriate to the creation of a work of art, as well as questioning the values that place that art in the public realm.
‘Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane’ marks the completion of the programme ‘Fashion: the Fall of an Industry’, a series of lectures held at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway in the autumn of 2013. The lectures have analysed the period during the 1970s in Norway that saw a decline in the textile industry, and how artists reacted to and reflected upon the unforeseen aspects of industrialisation, the need to care for the environment and for workers, as well as the outsourcing of production and its social effects.
Exhibiting key artworks and archival material, ‘Unwoven World: Beyond the Pliable Plane’ will function as an index of a historic genealogy, reactivated through the performativity of words, texts and concerts.