Line Numme

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Line Numme
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Tape installation


A theater set-design concept 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
Tape installation at the gallery of HDD in Zagreb by For Use / Numen

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

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

The dancers are stretching the tape around the columns, tracing the choreography with a transparent tape. The result is some kind of "tape recording", a map of movements of the dancers. The other benefit of the concept is the overcoming of gravity through the production of second dance floor. The primary recording structure becomes the underlaying surface of the subsequent recording. The catharsis of the play can be achieved by cutting and later contraction of the structure into amorphous accumulation of crumpled tape.
Tape installation
Theater set-design model with dancers by For Use/Numen

Tape installation
Theater set-design model by For Use / Numen
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