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(Numen/For Use)

(Numen/For Use)

Croatian/Austrian collective create a giant jungle gym – inside an inflatable cube.

Croatian/Austrian design collective Numen/For Use have created an inflatable installation filled with a grid of thin parallel ropes. When the cube deflates, the ropes loosen; when it is inflated, they tighten enough to carry the weight of a human.

According to the collective, climbing inside is an experience beyond pure physical activity: “Bodies entrapped in 3D grid, flying in unnatural positions throughout superficial white space, resemble Dadaist collages. Impossibility of perception of scale and direction results in simultaneous feeling of immenseness and absence of space.”

Creating set designs including Inferno for the National Theatre in Madrid, as well as site-specific installations like Tape, Numen/For Use combine sculpture with industrial design.

Their String Prototype is currently being developed in Vienna.

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