In semester 1 2009 the BA year 1 students began work on the "Nets" project, an international(inter-university) textile project spanning countries and continents
- DEVELOPING IDEAS, EXPERIMENTING WITH TECHNIQUES and producing small works for a web/selected live “net” exhibition.
The project involved thinking about nets – in the widest sense. What are they? What are they used for? What do they suggest or symbolise? How can net making techniques be used in creative works? Netting, Knotting, Knitting and Crochet were explored in relation to personal ideas. Finished works developed through experimental and critical processes and will be showcased in the web/live exhibition in 2010.
The world of devices that screen flows - of light or sound, of water or information - their attraction, their impact, their strengths & vulnerabilities
NETS Project CoordinatorsValerie Kirk
SUBSCRIBING TO NETWURKS
Up to 100 participating artists/students can dialogue here about Nets - with their posts and comments - by joining Netwurks.
A post doesn't need to be too polished in the first instance. It is a simple matter to return to radically edit it later if desired.
It is a simple process to add images and videos, however, to avoid clogging the blog, an accessible image gallery can also be maintained on a personal website, the link to which can be included in a relevant post.
Ongoing help with using Netwurks can be provided. Difficulties encountered and general queries can be posted to the blog.
THINKING ABOUT NETS
The function of any net is to separate defined items of interest from a specific flow. They are intrinsically mysterious.
Is the function of a facial veil to screen out or to invite the external gaze?
Blinds and net curtains are covert street surveillance systems, sometimes revealing pretty images, other times odd behaviour. If insiders leave the light on, they are exposed and the outsider hidden from view.
When do those nets that are being strung across the flows of cyberspace - the 'firewalls' - change over from being defensive (stopping 'incoming') to being aggressive? How can the misdeeds of their creators be detected by the outsider?
Nets of lies and half-truths are woven over events, winding up as 'history'. Before becoming spoken words, means of expression are continually modified by a host of personal and institutional restraints.
Micro-nets block contagions. Fishing nets haul in 'by-catch' (marine 'collateral damage') with their targeted prey. Good nets, bad nets?